Between our five primary coaches we have more than 150 years of boxing and combat sport experience.
All of our coaches are USA Boxing members, trained and certified as boxing coaches by USA Boxing and must pass a Sexual Abuse and Molestation background check yearly.
Founder: Bill Morrison of North Little Rock is a native of Little Rock and has lived here most of his life. Bill has been coaching since 1993 and sees coaching as a way to give back to the youth of Little Rock. Bill has coached two boxers to pro World Championships. In the amateurs he coached boxers to the Golden Gloves, Silver Gloves and USA Boxing National Championships.
Head Coach: Allan Nader of Maumelle is a coach certified at USA Boxing Level IV and he is also certified as a level II Official. As an active coach since 1971, he’s trained boxers to success at the pro World Championship level and in the amateurs has sent his amateur athletes to the Pan American games, Goodwill Games and World Amateur Championships as well as Golden Gloves Nationals, Junior Olympic Nationals, Silver Gloves and USA Boxing National Championships. Several of his athletes have represented Team USA internationally. Allan is Vice Chair of the USA Boxing National Tournament Committee and has served as Committee Chair and US Championship Tournament Director for five of the last ten years and as Vice Chair for an additional six years. He is also a long time member of USA Boxing’s Women’s Task Force and has been a strong advocate for inclusion and equality of women and girls in all levels of boxing competition both in the USA and abroad in AIBA competition.
Mr. Nader also has an extensive background in both traditional and competitive martial arts with instructor status in Shōbayashi Shōrin-ryu karate, and black belt status in Shotokan and Tae Kwan Do styles of Karate and has achieved Nidan status in Aikido under Sensei Mitsugi Saotome and Dr. Ralph Singer. Coach Nader also has extensive experience in competitive Judo. Mr. Nader is well versed in modern martial arts such as sport kickboxing having fought as both a pro and an amateur.He is one of the founders of the AKF (Amateur Kickboxing Federation). He is a Coach and Official certified by KICK International and has served as a regional representative of KICK, the International Olympic Committee’s recognized National Governing Body (NGB) of amateur kickboxing and mixed martial arts in the USA and has a strong competitive and coaching background in this area.
Assistant Coach: Franco Rita of West Little Rock is a long time Little Rock boxing trainer joined the Morison team in 2008. Since then he has coached our members as well as his own children in all of the local shows and advancing tournaments in Central Arkansas and regionally in the Mid South. Coach Reta found his love of the sport in part due to his Latin American culture. Growing up in Mexico Coach Reta experienced sport boxing in some of the most challenging conditions. He brings the fire and determination learned as a youth to his coaching style and demands the best from our athletes.
Assistant Coach: Shannon Williams Jr. of North Little Rock has many years experience as both amateur boxer an coach. Coach Williams is certified at level one and joined our staff in 2015. He is particularly interested in working with the Junior Olympic boxers and collaborates in training his son Shannon Williams III at our club. Coach Williams came to boxing as a natural extension following his father’s career as a boxer. He brings a life long love of the sport as well as a thorough understanding of the rigors of boxing. Knowing what it means to face a worthy opponent in the ring he is very aware of the stresses amateur boxing produces and tailors his coaching style to account for this in his work with our youth.
Assistant Coach: Phyllis Nader is our newest level one coach. Phyllis has completed her coaching certification process and is now working in the gym. She concentrates on the youth division but is also very involved in training for girls and women.