MEET THE coaches
A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Clif first began training in boxing at the age of 12 at his father's gym, Lef Jab Boxing Club in West Grove, PA. Clif's boxing career spanned over 10 years and he participated in and won numerous local, regional and national competitions, including multiple Golden Gloves Championships. Clif also has competed in kickboxing and was a kickboxing champion in Delaware.
In 2005 Clif joined the US Marines and trained in Marine Corps Martial Arts. During that time, he sharpened his skills in various martial arts, discipline, and fitness, and earned a green belt in Marine Corps Martial Arts. He also has several years' experience working as a boxing coach at Lef Jab and as a personal trainer at Kirkwood Fitness and Racquetball Club and at Pike Creek Fitness Center in Wilmington, Delaware. Clif has studied a number of different martial arts, but boxing has always been his true passion. In 2013 Clif moved to Iowa and joined ICOR. Clif is Iowa's only USA Boxing Silver Level certified coach and serves as the head coach and gym manager at ICOR. Clif is also a certified Rock Steady Boxing Instructor and holds and advanced Parkinson's Art of Expression certification.
In Emily's amateur boxing career, the Iowa City native won 15 national and international championships. Emily was on the U.S. National Team for three years, competing in eight foreign countries, including Russia, Sweden, Norway, Taiwan, Turkey, Argentina, Brazil, and India. Emily won her professional debut in 2008 in Reno, Nevada. Emily retired in 2011 with a 9-1 professional boxing record.
Emily also competed in MMA, beginning inn 2008. She earned an amateur record of 5-1 and a professional record of 2-0. In her preparation for MMA, Emily also won the 2009 North American Grappling Association (NAGA) Midwest Championship, winning both the gi and nogi divisions.
Emily is a certified Bronze Level USA Boxing coach as well as a Rock Steady Boxing coach and Parkinson's Art of Expression Instructor. She currently teaches boxing part time at ICOR and serves as the gym's administrator.