Stick & Move
"Coach to Champions"
By Vern Hee
Pahrump Valley Times
Kids may have had the dream of slugging it out with Mike Tyson or battling on the ropes with Floyd Mayweather, but seldom try because of lack of instruction. After all, boxing lessons are hard to come by. That used to be true here in the valley, but not any longer.
Rodney Crisler began teaching boxing classes many years ago. He is currently teaching children beginning at 4yrs old in Pahrump at the NV All-Star Athletics Sports Complex at 1410 West Charleston Park Avenue. He said he also teaches adults. “I teach in Las Vegas too,” he said. “I have five national champions there and one Olympic boxer. I started boxing when I was 8-years-old and really never quit, and I am 57 now. I have coached continuously for 30 years.”
Crisler said he moved from Gary, Indiana in 2000 to Southern Nevada. He is one of those coaches who has had his hand in creating many champions over the years.
He started coaching in Pahrump as a favor to Natalia Rodriguez, the owner of NV All-Star Athletics Cheer and Dance.
“Coach Rodney is like my second dad,” Rodriguez said. “I was asking him what I should do to attract more boys to our cheer program. I told him we need a program to draw more boys to the gym and he said, ‘What about boxing?’ ”One year later, Rodriguez said the program is going strong.
“It’s a good program and he is very motivated,” she said. “You can tell he has a passion for boxing and that he loves that sport.”
If you were to go to Las Vegas, Rodney Crisler’s name is all over the fight capital with a long list of boxers like TaTina “Lil Tyson” Anderson, Andre Dirrell, Chad Dawson, Samuel Peter, Almazbek “Kid Diamond” Raiymkulov, “King” Arthur Williams, Aaron Williams and Delaney Howard.
Crisler said his program in Pahrump though focuses on kids and part of it is about ending bullying.
“I want kids in my program to learn to protect themselves,” he said.
The coach also wants all his kids to learn to use boxing responsibly. He doesn’t want to see his kids out there fighting other kids. He also stresses to all his kids that they need to keep up their grades to participate in his class. Read More
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