Barney Flores is a Lvl IV coach and has been coaching boxing for over 35 years. During this time, he has worked as the State Silver Gloves Director, Assistant Golden Gloves Director, 1994 World Cup coach, 1998 Ahmet Cup coach, and continues to work with youth to keep them in school, out of gangs, and off of drugs.
In 2001, a City building in McKinney was named after Barney (the Barney and Me Boxing Gym) because of Barney's unselfish dedication to the youth in McKinney. Barney coaches youth for free and goes to schools to talk to the youth about how boxing has changed his life. Barney has been the USA Boxing LBC President for more than 10 years. He has been a coach for the USA Boxing team in USA vs. Mexico (4 times), USA vs. England, USA vs. Ireland, USA vs. Canada, numerous all-comers camps, and has had the pleasure of working with several past Olympian boxers, including training a '92 alternate, Edward Escobedo!
Honors & Awards
Eta Phi Beta Society Delta, Harriett Tubman Philanthropic Award,
Dallas Golden Gloves Award, Red Crosson Memorial Sportsmanship Award
1994 JcPenny, Golden Role Award
1997 USA Boxing, Outstanding Progress
1998 City of McKinney, Outstanding Volunteer
1999 Jr. Olympic, Best team USA vs. Mexico
2000 Northern Michigan University, USA Head Coach
2001 Legend of St James Award, Outstanding Leadership
2002 City of McKinney, Quality of Life Award
2003 Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Unselfish Dedication to Youth
2004 USA Boxing, High Achievement Award