Coach Bill Meartz
A native of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Bill Meartz started boxing at the age of twelve. Five years after moving to Portland in 1974, he started the West Portland Boxing Team. Bill attained 4th level (elite) coaching status in USA Boxing and coached numerous US national teams, including team matches against Ireland, Canada, Mexico, France, Argentina, Korea, Russia, The 97 Ali Cup, and the U-19 World Championships. Coach Bill served on several USA Boxing committees, was involved with numerous US Olympic boxing training camps, and was a boxing official at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.
When Coach Bill retired from coaching in 2006 he turned the West Portland Boxing gym over to Coach Jason Marquoit.