Bernie Barco has been around boxing for over 30 years, and even though Bernie owns and operates his own Construction and General Contracting business, "BAR-Co" Improvements & Renovations, it's obvious to those who know him what his TRUE PASSION is - boxing.
As a skinny freshman at Aquinas Institute, Bernie joined the famed "Mission Bouts." The skinny freshman won his weight class that year and went on to graduate with an UNDEFEATED 4 year career in the Mission Bouts. Bernie also lettered in Varsity Football and Varsity Track while at AQ, but boxing was his passion. Bernie explains this best when he says "Football and track were something I PLAYED, but boxing was something I lived!" Bernie had many coaches in his athletic career at AQ and prior, but only one stands out not by just teaching the basics of the sport and working as a coach, but truly inspiring a love and passion for the sport and its way of life, and that was AQ boxing Coach Dom Arioli. That passion is what Bernie works to instill in all of those he coaches today. From the middle aged beginners looking to get in better shape, to the women just discovering boxing as a great way to stay fit and an excellent self confidence builder, to the young Amateurs at the ROC, to all the current and former Mission Bout Boxers from AQ, all can testify to the passion Coach Bernie has for his sport & coaching.
As a proud parent of three great kids, Bernie volunteered as a Youth League coach for both Webster Pop Warner football and Girls Fast Pitch Softball from 1992 to 2003. Along the way Coach Bernie was moved to be more than a volunteer, he showed his commitment to those he coached by earning multiple Coaching Certifications as well as earning NY State First Aid and Safety and NY State CPR certificates. This allows him to be a "triple threat" coach, not only able to help kids learn the fundamentals of each sport, but he can also help as a trainer with conditioning and taping properly, he is certified in case of injury as a first responder in First Aid, and in case of major trauma he is a NY State CPR specialist.
With these NY State certifications under his belt Coach Bernie returned to his Alma Mater at Aquinas in 1993 to be a coach/trainer for the Mission Bouts he loved so much as a student, and to join the coach who was his inspiration as a youth. Since those first days back in 1993, Coach Bernie has "Cornered" over 2000 Rounds of Mission Bout boxing! Boxing philosophy states for every 1 minute in the ring you need 1000 minutes of training. From basic boxing fundamentals to heavy bag work to speed bag skills to discussing boxing philosophy and discipline, when you do the math it is easy to see the kind of commitment Coach Bernie has to his students at AQ. When you see his kids fight, you see the commitment and passion they have, not only to the sport of Boxing, but to their Coach. This passion for coaching lead Bernie to become a USA Certified Boxing Instructor for the US Olympic Boxing Governing Body, and in 2010 passed the level one certification exam to become a USA Boxing Official. Bernie not only coaches the Amateurs from AQ, but has a long line of Amateur fighters in his stable that have worked with him and/or are now working with him at THE ROC. Bernie has coached and volunteered at events ranging from Breast Cancer benefits, to The Josh Bouts, Mission Bouts all the way up to coaching the Western NY team at the Empire State games in 2007. Bernie has also expanded his coaching resume internationally, coaching and cornering the US Team of 10-17 years olds at the St. Catherine's International Boxing Tourney in Canada. The tourney featured boxers from Ireland, England, Wales, Scotland, Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands in addition to Bernie's TEAM USA.
With his success at the amateur level, Coach Bernie qualified for his New York/New Jersey State Professional Corner License 2nd Degree. Bernie is now qualified to work the corner in professional bouts as well as with the amateurs he has guided for so many years. Bernie has been working with most of the professional fighters who train at ROC Boxing, such as fighters coming in from out of town for the "Boxing in the ROC" Fight Night at the Armory and at Frontier Field every summer.
Although Bernie is now certified to work with pro fighters, it's the amateurs with whom he chooses to spend the majority of his time. Whether seeing his students make drastic body makeovers, watching his young students move onto fight as NY State Amateurs, or just teaching the Level 1 beginners classes at the ROC, Coach Bernie says that these are the people who inspire him to coach. Ask anyone who has worked with Bernie - they'll tell you who does the INSPIRING!