Coach Rick Cadilha
Coach Rick first became involved with amateur boxing at the age of 8 when he began to “hang out” at the local neighbourhood gyms in Toronto. A few years later, Rick and his family relocated to the Kitchener area and after a few close brushes with the law, Rick found himself at the Waterloo Regional Police Boxing Club under the guidance of Jerome “Hook” McComb and later Arnie Boehm. It is here that Rick would develop his two passions, coaching and policing.
At the age of 18, and his boxing career over, Rick entered into the coaching stream, completing his Level 1 NCCP in 1984. Employment would see Rick move to Sarnia where he was the Assistant Coach to Silvio Fex at the Lambton St. Clair Boxing Club from 1989 to 1993.
Rick returned to the Waterloo Regional Boxing Academy in 1994 and continued coaching under Arnie Boehm until his death in 2002. Arnie’s passing was very difficult on Rick so he decided to step away from the boxing club and spend more time with his own family.
In 2004, with the boxing club in dire straits and very close to closing its doors, Rick was asked to come back. After a two-year hiatus, Rick returned to his “home away from home!”. Rick took on a huge task and was able to convince everyone around him that W.R.B.A. was needed in this community. Rick created new partnerships within the community and as a result the “Arnie Boehm Training Centre” was built, a state of the art training facility and the largest boxing club in the country.
Today, Rick is the leader of the W.R.B.A., the largest and most unique boxing club in the country. Rick remains true and committed to the W.R.B.A mission statement “To promote positive and healthy lifestyles for the youth in our community” Rick has stayed true to the values and ethics of his mentors, to create well-respected, productive members of society by building self-respect and improving self-esteem.
Rick is currently working on completing his Level 5 National Coaching Institute Certificate. Rick continues to promote the NCCP and is a Facilitator with the NCCP.
Life is competitive! Rick’s continued contribution will help enable these young people to compete, not just in the ring….. but in life.
Coach LeVar Piper
LeVar was introduced to the Waterloo Regional Boxing Academy while attending High School. He spent some time training with Arnie Boehm before moving away for college.
During college years, he stayed active training in Capoeira, Balintawak Eskrima, and Muay Thai.
After achieving various levels of proficiency in each discipline he returned to boxing. Having trained with 3 former world champions and competing, LeVar made the difficult but inevitable decision to give up being the athlete and support his sons as a coach in the very club that he began boxing.
As a coach LeVar has participated at Provincial competitions as well as junior and senior National competitions. He has worked with elite level athletes and National level coaches. He has been working his way up the NCCP coaching stream and recently completed his first level 3 course. His responsibilities within the club include overseeing the competitive program and assisting with various fundraising initiatives.
LeVar draws from his experiences as a high school athlete, martial artist, and competitive boxer as well as the influences given from past trainers and mentors to offer a unique approach to preparing athletes for competition.
Coach Colm Kerr
Coach Colm was born in Belfast, N Ireland and grew up passionate about two sports, swimming and boxing. Colm began teaching career in Belfast in 1964.
Colm immigrated to Canada in 1967 and settled in Kitchener in 1973 having graduated with BA in Psychology from U of Waterloo. Colm was a teacher at Msgr Doyle High School in Cambridge and St David High School, Waterloo.
In 1986, Colm along with a few friends in the Community “resurrected” the Waterloo Regional Boxing Academy and has served on the Executive since its inception. Colm currently holds the position of Treasurer.
Coach Colm is responsible for the delivery of the Boxing 101 program. The program is designed to introduce beginners to the sport of Amateur Boxing. The classes are small so that individual attention is paramount and the participants can merge successfully into the recreational program.
When not conducting Boxing 101, Colm often attends classes and assists both the Junior and Senior classes.
Coach Colm has two daughters and enjoys retirement with his wife, Eleanor, also a retired teacher and a member of the Executive.