|"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 Boxing 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 first 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
"Choosing to be positive and having a grateful attitude is going to determine how you're going to live your life."
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!
Lou currently is the President of the New York Veteran's Police Association. We are proud to have his experience and leadership among the many talented staff of mentors and board members here at BCBA.
|"Being a single mother is twice the work, twice the stress, and twice the tears, but also twice the hugs, twice the love, and twice the pride."
Lisa Howard is a loving mom and resident of Lindenhurst for almost three decades. Lisa knows firsthand how important it is for a community to have a positive and productive center like BCBA, for its local youth.
As a single mom, her son had no real father figure in the picture while growing up. During this critical period in a young man’s life, Lisa turned to BCBA to help with her son self-esteem and overall health issues.
While there, her son quickly became an active and competitive athlete who enjoyed the rigors of hard training and all that goes along with it.
His dedication to his own self-improvement has propelled him into college where he is fulfilling his career dream.
Ms. Howard has supported BCBA since its founding in 2004. As a Gift Coordinator she is passionate and committed to convincing others to support this terrific organization along with the many programs it offers local youth and Military Veterans.
|“My observation is that women are merely waiting for their husbands to assume leadership.”
James C. Dobson
Teena Hall is a compassionate mother of two boys who has been working with BCBA for several years. Her commitment to raising her own children is matched only by her desire to raise awareness for the many causes she supports; domestic violence, substance abuse and faith based initiatives.
Watching her sons participate in the D.R.I.F.T. Youth Empowerment Program at BCBA provided her with firsthand knowledge of the effectiveness these programs offer. It is just one of the many programs offered at BCBA, a center devoted to helping young people in need of mentoring and a positive-well structured environment.
As a Gift Coordinator, Ms. Hall has made a commitment to the many children serviced here at BCBA. Her role includes broadening awareness of the great work BCBA has been doing since 2004. Ms. Hall also helps by securing support from the many businesses, foundations and philanthropic individuals that make it possible for BCBA to continue providing the exceptional youth (and now Veteran) services it offers.
As Event Coordinator, she works with other like minded Non-Profits who wish to partner with BCBA on the many fundraising endeavors they plan throughout the year.
|“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”
Carissa Zino was born and raised locally in Bay Shore, NY. Now a resident of West Islip, she’s been a big supporter of BCBA and all the work it does with local youth; empowering them through the rigors of their many sport and fitness programs.
Carissa herself ran track for Bay Shore High-School. During her time there, her team became one of the best track teams on Long Island and in their district; so she knows firsthand how athletics teaches strength, endurance, patience, and the willpower to achieve greatness! This idea is captured in everything BCBA provides and is a major reason Carissa volunteers at the center three days a week.
One of four siblings, Carissa’s younger brother recently enlisted in the U.S. Marines. So it is with great pride, she volunteers to spearhead the fundraising efforts for BCBA’s Veterans Affairs Service Center (click here). BCBA honors OUR brave Veterans who so proudly served our Nation by providing them with FREE access to a host of programs including:
• On-site PTSD Advocate
• On-site Veterans Benefits Attorney
• Gym Memberships with Special Fitness Workouts & Health Programs
• Wheelchair Basketball Program • Veterans Only AA Meetings
• On-site Food/Clothing/Housing Coordinator
Carissa is devoted to helping secure the needed resources, donations and sponsorships BCBA requires to keep providing these FREE Veteran services. It is no coincidence that BCBA uses Red, White and Blue for their TEAM colors!
|“No man stands so tall as when he stoops to help a child.”
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.
you're interested in doing something for your country, help
somebody in need; write a check, give your time, volunteer!"
Rick Weidenburner has over 3 decades 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.
|"Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”
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.
"Attitudes are contagious. Are yours worth catching?"
Dennis and Wendy Mannering
"Big George" Mitchell is a retired NYC Transit Cop RT.LT, former Police Academy Instructor and EMT. AT 6' 7" "Big George" commands attention! As the former Director of Boxing for the New York State Athletic Commission "Big George" has worked over 1000 Professional Shows and events.
He is a Veteran Gym Owner of over 20 years, working out of spots like the World Famous Gleason's Boxing Gym. As the Assistant Lead Trainer for the Bull Dog Boxing Club he helped groom Golden Gloves Champions and 2 Semi Finalists in the Teams first year. He now operates Big George Boxing and is a corner and cutman for professional boxers where he can been seen regularly on TV working bouts in both the US and Europe.
He has worked with the Gleason's Kids Boxing Program and volunteered at both the Westbury PAL Boxing and Brentwood PAL. A Certified and Licensed USA Boxing and NYS Trainer "Big George" is an advanced coach for those looking to turn pro. He will be a major asset assisting those who wish to persue a professional fight career.
"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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 available for private boxing training and instruction.
must be the change you wish to see in the world."
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.
|"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own, Therefore honor God with your body,"
1 Cor. 6:19-20
Steve "TNT" Teta is a Retired NYPD PO. He has been boxing since the young age of 8 yrs. old. Steve’s love for combat sports didn’t stop with Boxing. Over 50 years in the game Steve has excelled in Kickboxing and Jeet Kune Do (JKD) Bruce Lee’s renown fighting style.
Steve "TNT" still works out as hard as any of the young guns that frequent BCBA. Steve is the operator of Combat Fitness Training where his tough and grueling Kickboxing and JKD workouts are an inspiration to all.
Steve is a Certified USA Boxing Coach, and teaches Dirty Boxing for street self defense. He has been a certified Personal Trainer for over 25 years and is available for PTS and coaching now at BCBA.
|"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 helps us oversee 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."
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