|"Boxing is NOT a sport ANYONE should do professionally. But it is a sport EVERYONE can and should do RECREATIONALLY!" (Here's Why)
Coach Ray Bettinelli
Bettinelli is both the Director and Head Coach of
BCBA. Born and raised in Bay Shore, NY Ray's love
for the sport of boxing dates back to when he was a 10
year old boy, that Christmas he received a pair of Joe
Frazier signature boxing gloves. In the 80's Ray boxed for the Brentwood
Recreation Center's Team under both coach Walter Sealy
and Jim Borzel.
has been instrumental in setting up a number of community-based
boxing gyms and is the creator of the D.R.I.F.T.
Youth Empowerment Programs. He brings to BCBA over three decades of boxing experience
in training, management and boxing promotion.
is a local businessman and the Marketing Director for
a Multimedia & Marketing Company devoted to introducing
small business owners and entertainers to the marketing
power of the Internet. In addition he is both a Director
and Producer of family friendly entertainment for Hand
Over the years Ray
has worked closely with other community based programs
and has numerous awards and citations for the fund raising
work he has done on behalf of the Long Island AIDS Association
and Veteran's groups like AMVETS.
Ray moved to Lindenhurst in 1999 and considers it his new home town. His belief that you should give back to the community in which you reside was his motivating force behind opening BCBA there. His vision for BCBA is that it becomes a full -
fledged community center in addition to a boxing academy,
a place where young people can be introduced to a number of community
programs designed to educate, motivate & inspire!
Interview with Coach Ray -from Men-Tor Showcase Magazine
|“No man stands so tall as when he stoops to help a child.”
James C. Dobson
Coach Christi Abbate is the Director of Basketball Operations for BCBA. Coach Abbate coordinates all basketball related activities run at BCBA. This includes, but not limited to, leagues, training camps, clinics and individual/small group workouts.
Coach Abbate’s extensive background in college recruiting, athlete training and program development was established over 16 years of coaching college women’s basketball. She spent the past 11 years coaching at Division I Iona College, the last 6 as Associate Head Coach. Prior to Iona, Coach Abbate was at Division I Long Island University for 2 years and prior to LIU she got her start as an assistant coach at Division II Long Island University- Southampton College. Coach Abbate was a captain of her college basketball team at Binghamton University and is a graduate of Half Hollow Hills High School East.
Coach Abbate serves as the Director of College Recruitment for Lightning Basketball, which is the largest AAU organization in the nation. She is also a National Director for THR College Planning, which provides 6 components to assist high school student-athletes through the college planning process. THR includes online tutoring, financial aid assistance, athletic recruiting and career development.
Coach Abbate also runs Basketball Advantage, LLC with the intention of providing affordable, professional services to basketball players, parents and coaches at all levels. Basketball Advantage, LLC specializes in college recruiting assistance for high school athletes and their parents, and basketball training workouts and clinics.
"Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are."
Retired Lieutenant Robert Johnson was assigned as Commanding Officer of the Brooklyn Child Abuse Squad; Special Victims Division - Detective Bureau for the New York Police Department.
During his service as a Law Enforcement Professional he managed the successful criminal investigation and resolution of approximately 10,000 cases over a five year period, in the busiest special victims squad in the nation, overseeing the arrest of over one thousand sexual predators and child abusers.
While in service Lieutenant Johnson lead and supervised a staff comprised of four Sergeant's and 60 Detectives. He was responsible for deploying and supervising this staff at large scale events such as major crime scenes, parades and details (i.e. New Years Eve, Thanksgiving Day Parade, Presidential Motorcades). His ability to add structure and discipline to the youth he will coach in our After School Basketball Program is without question!
"Choosing to be positive and having a grateful attitude is going to determine how you're going to live your life."
NYPD Retired Detective Carl "Duke Schroeder has been a part of boxing since the late 1950's when he boxed as a pro welterweight. Duke went on to serve in the NYPD where he started The Fighting Finest Boxing Team, an elite squad of athletes that now box all around the world.
In the 1970's it was Duke who introduced the sport of boxing to Lindenhurst, running the PAL boxing program out of the basement of the 1st Precinct. His program help start the career of Buddy Mc Girt and many other promising young athletes including Lindenhurst native and fellow BCBA coach, Joey Perrone. Years later Duke went on to become a NY Boxing Commissioned referee.
As anyone who has ever laced up a pair of gloves will tell you, once you've boxed it's in your blood for life. Now a grandfather Duke's ability to both coach and mentor young people is unsurpassed by the average coach. And at a young 70 something Duke won't hesitate to put on his headgear and move a student around the ring.
His boxing journey has come full circle bringing Duke back to the place where it all began, Lindenhurst, NY. BCBA considers itself both blessed and honored to have such an accomplished individual (in boxing and in life) amongst its ranks
|"Those who succeed train, those who train succeed!"
Coach Ray Bettinelli
A tough no-nonsense veteran of the New York City Police Department, Lou Telano’s career has spanned 5 decades! Lou took up boxing as a 15 year old youth. Back then he would make and extra $2 sparring pro boxers at local NYC gyms. His most notable sparring partner was Floyd Patterson!
As a Detective, Lou achieved the reputation as one of the most innovative and one of the toughest cops in New York City. Along with his partner John Sepe, they are credited with one of the highest number of arrests in New York City’s history.
The undercover team was soon deemed The Lone Ranger and Tonto! Soon after Hollywood took notice and the duo and they became the inspiration behind the hit TV Series Starsky & Hutch!
From the “Halls of Justice” through the “Halls of Congress” Lou’s career has yielded him over 75 awards and citations and placed him next to Mayors, Governors, Senators, Presidents and dignitary from all over the world! We are proud to have his experience and leadership among the many talented staff here at BCBA.
you're interested in doing something for your country, help
somebody in need; write a check, give your time, volunteer!"
Alicia Napoleon was introduced to the sport of boxing in her late teens. She began training at 18 and competing at 21, prepping to draw pro crowds one day. Her amateur career has been laced with notable accolades and accomplishments including a 22-5 record and 11 amateur titles including:
- 2- NY Golden Gloves Championships
- 1- National Golden Glove Championship
- 2- National Bronze Medals
- 3- Metro Belt Championships
- 1- Empire State Game Championship
- 1- Platinum Gloves Championship
- 1- NYABC Belt Championship
She is as beautiful as she is talented (both inside and outside of the ring). Her passion for boxing and empowering others through this great sport is equally matched with her talent as an accomplished painter/artist, singer/recording artist and fashion designer. Alicia is truly a Renaissance Women!
Alicia is available for 1 on 1 training As a member of our talented team of trainers she honors our price structure that has made BCBA the most affordable Boxing Training Facility here on Long Island. There is no better trainer to help you achieve the goals you’ve always dreamed about!
Alicia runs her own Youth Boxing Class here at BCBA on Thur Night and is also in charge of our Beautiful Boxing Program.
must be the change you wish to see in the world."
Anthony Merrill has been part of the West Islip Community since 1976. He is a father of three and Grandfather to one and has been a successful professional salesman in the building industry for over 30 years. Anthony has been involved with the W.I. Soccer Club as a coach for the Division 1 Travel Team and served on the board as the Head of Referees. He has refereed for section X1 and holds a National Coaches License. He has coached Little League baseball as well.
Anthony began studying Boxing and Martial Arts back in 1974. At first with the PAL and then studied Tae Kwon Do where he Achieved a Black Belt. In 1994 he began studying Ninjitsu in West Islip under Allie Alberigo where he achieved a Purple Belt. In 2009 at the age of 52 Anthony studied MMA which included BJJ, Muay Thai, Wrestling and Boxing with former UFC Welterweight champion Matt "The Terror" Serra and Kru James "The Angry Snowman" Gabart. Anthony’s focus and devotion to hard training and clean living helped him shed over 30 pounds!
After attending an open house seminar at BCBA Anthony knew he had to be part of thier coaching staff. He and Coach Ray Bettinelli quickly forged a great relationship and soon he was assisting the many youth BCBA serves. Anthony now runs our LI Muay Thai Fitness Program for BCBA and is a full time assistant instructor of our D.R.I.F.T. Youth Empowerment Program. He has been a tremendous asset to BCBA and is an inspiration to all looking to achieve their fitness goals through combat sports.
"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Joey Perrone - Was born and raised right here in Lindenhurst! He started boxing at the age of 13 under the guidance of fellow BCBA Coach & Mentor Carl “Duke” Schroeder. Joe had over 100 armature fights compiling a record of 92-12 while boxing the best amateurs in the country! He was the runner up in the prestigious NY Golden Gloves 5 years in a row.
Joe went on to turn pro having 5 bouts before retiring to focus on his family and community needs. He is a successful real Estate Broker with Coldwell Banker and takes great pride in helping local youths with religious, education, and sport activities like baseball, soccer, basketball and of course his beloved Boxing right here at BCBA.
One needs only to watch Coach Joe train to see just how talented he was as a boxer. Joe's son is now a student of the sport and is showing great promise as a talented young boxer.Like all the staff here at BCBA we consider him a blessing to have on board!
"Yo Adrean, I DID IT!."
Rick Weidenburner has over 30 years of experience in Boxing and Martial Arts. Since 1979 he’s been a proud member of the highly respected Veterans Memorial/ Atlantic Boxing Club where Rick was both a fighter and a trainer. Rick is a 2nd degree black belt in Jiu Jitsu and is a certified instructor with the American Kobe Jiu Jitsu Federation. He has fought as a Professional Kickboxer and was the Head Kickboxing instructor for Bob Malvagno's School of Self Defense.
BCBA is proud to announce that Rick is now part of our talented coaching staff. His passion for boxing, martial arts and physical fitness training will play a major role in the advancement of those BCBA students who want to bring their boxing skills to the next level (i.e. competitive boxing).
In his off hours Rick is a talented singer / entertainer so it’s not uncommon for him to bust out in song while working the floor at BCBA. His spirit and energy is never less than high when he’s in the company of others. In a sport often overrun by charlatans and roughnecks, Rick truly is a joy to be around!
As with all BCBA staff Rick is available for one-on-one training and is a Certified USA Boxing Coach.His Boxing Fitness program provides personalized instruction in all the different aspects of boxing training. Various elements of the program are used as building blocks that are combined as the practitioner advances in experience and skill, ultimately resulting in an understanding of boxing as a system of training and conditioning of mind and body as well as a method of self defense. The benefits of this training are increased self-confidence, improved awareness and a higher level of overall fitness.
|"Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't."
Harry Ayala Jr. is our Director of Martial Arts. He oversees which MA programs BCBA should offer to best serve our local youth. Harry is also and co-coach
of our D.R.I.F.T. youth boxing program. Harry was born in the Bronx, New
York. Married and father of three sons Harry is both a
proud father and loving husband. A retired employee of the U.S.
Postal Service since, Harry is the true embodiment
of dedicated career professional.
Harry served our Nation honorably in the US Army and is
a Veteran of the Vietnam War (1970-1971). In 1974, after
his US Army obligations, Harry started his Martial Arts
then his list of credentials and accomplishments in the
Martial Arts is extensive.
4th Dan at Miyamoto Muso Ryu under Instructor
- Michael A. Alvarez
- Kaiden from Miyama
- Rokudan 6 degree Black belt in jujutsu
- Nidan in judo
with the USJA as a Shodan and Level 1 Coach USJI
with the United States Judo Association
with the United States Judo Inc.
with the United States Kendo Fed.
studied Kendo for 3 years under Marc Isaac who
is a registered Nidan U.S.K.F.
US Amateur Boxing Coach
1992 Harry opened his own Martial Arts studio Shiro
Bushi Ryu. As owner and operator Harry has taught
countless students over the years. Many of his students
have gone on to become accomplished Martial Arts instructors
Harry will be overseeing the implementation of all/any Self Defense/Judo and JiuJitsu courses. His focus and devotion to teaching
make his oversight essential. All that he brings to BCBA is much needed and greatly appreciated.
in life has nothing to do with what you gain in life or
accomplish for yourself. It's what you do for others."
Sandan Bob Geick instructing his Sunday Bujutsu Class.
Geick started his martial arts training in1974 in Isshin-Ryu
karate, achieving Brown Belt level. A passionate athlete
Bob studied freestyle wrestling and boxing and the following:
in Jeet Kune Do, Goju Ryu, Shorin Ryu,
of Sensei Billy Martin, Godan (5th degree black belt)
Judo at Circle of One M.A.
Bushi Ryu Bujutsu
(3rd Degree Black Belt) Shiro Bushi Ryu Bujutsu
Sensei J. Harry Ayala, Rokudan (6th DegreeBlack Belt)
of Sensei Walter Ing, Rokudan (6th Degree Belt) Judo
the rank of Shodan (1st Degree Black Belt) Judo by Sensei
Clifford Wolff, Yodan, Judo, and Author of "Shibumi
is the Way To Go!"
of Shindo Muso Ryu Jo Jutsu
with the United States Judo Association
with the United States Judo Inc.
with the United States Kendo Fed.
/ Sensei of Long
Island Bujutsu Academy
Geick is Currently working toward his US Boxing Certification
and will be an assistant Amateur Boxing Coach here at
''Whatever your mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve”
Neila Bala became absorbed in exercise, nutrition and personal training when she was forced to find a solution for numerous injuries that limited her strength and flexibility. She first became certified through the AAPTE in 2001.
She has since developed programs for fitness, strength and conditioning through her Body by Bala Personal Training Services. Beginning in 2010, she became, first a student, then a teacher of boxing and kickboxing.
Neila became interested in the field of nutrition at age 17. She returned to school to study biology and organic chemistry, seeking to find an optimal solution to her own weight problems.
Through her studies she learned about the mechanical aspects of how foods process in the body and how we handle different food groups emotionally, she realized that as a personal trainer she could reach out and help others, where all her knowledge and understanding of food and metabolic processes, her love and technical expertise of exercise, and her caring and compassion for others would be fulfilled.
Neila brings her Body by Bala Personal Training Services here to BCBA and we couldn't be more proud!
"The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it."
Coach Joe Bianca has coached multiple sports at the high school and college level. Coach Joe is in charge of our SPT Program.
These powerful Sport Specific Workouts are tailored to help improve your child’s speed, power and agility.
Regardless if your child’s sport is football, lacrosse, soccer, basketball, field hockey etc., Coach Bianca's High Energy Progressive Workouts are Fast, Fun and guaranteed to develop their athletic abilities, so they will be more successful in their sport!
He is available for both individual and TEAM training sessions. Call today to book a session
is not a study of positive reality, it is the seeking
for ideal truth."
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