Head Coach: Tricia Arcaro Turton
Coach Tricia is a former professional boxer that has been an elite athlete for over 20 years. Representing the U.S.A Eagles Rugby team, she earned 5 international “caps” and represented the U.S. in the 1998 Women’s Rugby World Cup earning Silver.
Coach Tricia started as an amateur boxer in 2002 in the Central District, amassing a record of 16-2 culminating in a National Championship Gold Medal in 2004.
In 2005, she had her pro debut with Credit Boxing in Renton, WA. During her professional boxing career, Coach Tricia earned an 8-4 record with epic battles versus Lisa Holewyne, Mary Jo Sanders, Holly Holm and Dakota Stone. Pro Boxing Bio
Motivated by community, heritage and boxing, Arcaro Boxing was established in January 2013 in Pratt Park in the Central District. Arcaro Boxing Gym celebrated its opening nine months later in The Jefferson building in the Central District, October 2013. Coach Tricia plans on training many future champions from the Pacific Northwest in non-competitive, amateur and professional boxing.
Coach: Jen Hamann
Prior to boxing, Jen’s passion for the beautiful game lead her to Seattle University to play soccer for their women’s Division 1 soccer team. Jen also competed on SU’s track and cross country teams. But through injury and tentativeness, Jen didn’t have the college sports career that she had always dreamed of.
Enter boxing in 2009 when Jen began amateur boxing as a way to express herself through sport. Through boxing competition, she found a way to physically experience some of the principles she took on in her formal philosophy studies (Seattle University B.A. 2009), including the ability to access power, fire and emotion and recognize personal reactions in the ring.
Jen has since had the distinction of becoming the 2013 Continental Champion, 2013 USA National Champion, two-time Washington State Golden Gloves winner and 2013 Outstanding Female Boxer at the Jr. Golden Gloves.
Photo credit thanks to:
Brian Wells & Morgan LaRose
Coach: Jeremy Smith
Coach Jeremy, who grew up in the greater Seattle area, has had a great passion for sports and fitness for the majority of his life. As a youth he played basketball, football, wrestled and ran track. Coach Jeremy started boxing in 2007 as a way to supplement his bodybuilder workouts. Under the tutelage of Coach Tricia, he quickly fell in love with the sport. “My favorite thing about boxing aside from its aesthetic beauty, is traditionally, boxing has given those who are normally sliced in society a voice. When I first started boxing, I had a great need for self-expression. Boxing provided a safe and challenging platform for me to do this…Plus, sometimes, it just feels good to punch things!” When Jeremy is not in the gym or classroom, he enjoys spending time with his friends and hanging out with his son Ethan.
Coach: Richard “OG” Wells
Richard (O.G.) Wells has been a boxing fan for years though he never knew “civilians” could train at a boxing gym. One day at a neighborhood BBQ a friend told him about boxing for fitness. The next day he called Arcaro Boxing, and within a week he was walking through the gym doors muttering, “This is a little scary.” Two and a half years, and over 6,000 rounds later, having lost 30 lbs, lowered his blood pressure and heart rate, and re-established a sense of balance lost years before, O.G. is fit as a fiddle and pounding it out four mornings a week. When Head Coach Tricia Turton offered him the chance to coach his peers he jumped for it. O.G. Is head coach of the KO Parkinson’s class and the 55+ Group Fitness.
Youth Coach: Frankie Chiappone
Frankie has been boxing for a year after playing and competing in team sports his entire life. He first started training only as a way of staying in shape, but soon fell in love with the sport.
Recently, Frankie decided to step into his coaching shoes and help give back to the community that he loves.
A student and avid lover of the New York Giants, Frankie lives by the motto, “So what? Now what?” as quoted by Giants coach Tom Coughlin to push himself and his students to keep working hard towards their goals.
Coach: Cassidy Gannon
Cassidy grew up competing in a multitude of sports including go-kart racing and 6 years of competitive softball. When she decided not to return to softball her junior year she looked for something to fill her competitive drive but give her that sense of power that was missing.
Introduced to Coach Tricia and Jen in 2013, she fell in love with the sport of boxing immediately. “The beautiful sound you hear when you punch a bag, how graceful the footwork makes you feel, or the power you get from putting all the emotions you have and just releasing them. Those are all the things that made me fall in love with boxing and continue to.” Cassidy continues to train as an amateur boxer, and goes to school, pursuing a Kinesiology degree with the goal of becoming a Physical Therapist.
Coach: Omar Vergara
Omar was born in Sunnyside, WA and can remember being involved in AAU and Parks & Rec sports since he was 5 – playing soccer as a passion, but also staying active throughout the years with basketball and swim team. In middle school and high school he also tried wrestling and football. However, boxing was always his main interest, but was unable to attend any boxing gyms growing up.
At 14, Omar took initiative for himself and decided to study some of his favorite boxers via YouTube and practiced on a heavy bag that he hung in his basement. Feb. 11, 2014 was his first time stepping in a boxing gym – with Arcaro Boxing – on a sparring session with the intention and hope of joining the competitive boxing team. From that day on he knew what his passion would be. “Boxing allows us to grow not just physically, but mentally and emotionally in a way that I don’t think can be expressed, just felt with personal experience.” Seeing the positive impact Arcaro Boxing has in our community Omar couldn’t be more excited to be part of a team that gets to share the experience and grandness of boxing.
As of now, Omar competes for our Amateur Boxing Team and helps as a coach… boxing is his oyster.
Web Manager: Debbie Lin
While involved in a variety of sports throughout her life – including swimming, volleyball, softball, track & field, and flag football – Debbie’s first participation in a true contact sport was at Arcaro Boxing Gym. After three months of training as an open gym member, Debbie transitioned to sparring lessons and found the challenge of putting her boxing skills to the test against a live partner exhilarating – she loves the feeling of constantly learning and improving while simultaneously helping others to learn and improve as well.
For similar reasons, Debbie also enjoys managing the Arcaro Boxing website. It too involves a constant process of learning, improving, and creativity, just with a different set of skills — blending images, code, and content in an attempt to reach the ideal balance of form and function to provide the best possible experience for both the site’s users and the Arcaro Boxing staff.