Boxing Club growing at Potomac State
Members of the Potomac State College of West Virginia University Boxing Team includes (left-right front row): Matt Shaffer, Alec Peer, Josh Connor, Jordan Anderson, and Kayley Brothers; (second row) Jason Smith, Stephane Gross, Keith Johnson, Dione McKewn, and Terrence Nicherson; (last row) Assistant Coach Nathan Blacks, Head Coach Tom Hartman and Assistant Coach Tony Shillingburg.
By Debi Swick-Cruse
The Boxing Club at Potomac State College of West Virginia University has been steadily growing since its establishment one year ago. Coach Tom Hartman is thrilled with the interest and currently has 10 team members, including a female participant, and two assistant coaches.
According to Coach Hartman, who had his own boxing club for several years, he was invited by WVU’s Head Coach Sam Checa to have his boxers compete in one of his matches at the University. “After competing in a few matches I decided to look into forming a college team through Potomac State,” said Hartman.
The boxing team has a full schedule to compete in next spring, including: the Shippensburg Invitational at Shippensburg, Pa.; the Penn State Invitational at Penn State, Pa.; the Lock Haven Invitational at Lock Haven, Pa.; and the Maryland Invitational at College Park, Md.
The team is registered with the National Collegiate Boxing Association. Coach Hartman and all boxers are also registered with USA Boxing. In order to compete, all boxers must be amateurs. “We have a first-rate talent pool with some good contenders who I believe can ‘go the distance,’” stated Hartman.