Tribute to Coach Jose
"You don't know shit bout boxing"
Jose Santiago was the founder of Santiago's Boxing Club. Santiago's Boxing Club was established in January 2016. Jose was a prolific coach with over 40 years of coaching and officiating experience. Colorado Golden Gloves HOF Coach Jose Santiago groomed many young individuals into National and World Champions, to include the first female National Champions. His ferocity and unmatched intensity in coaching allowed him to train boxing teams that would be feared whenever they stepped foot into the building. Such as the widely known "Body Snatchers" that made their presence known Nationally and Internationally to the likes of Andrew Maynard, Riddick Bowe, Shannon Briggs, etc. His accomplishments as an official were equally on par with his ability to train champions.
Being a Level III official, Jose Santiago officiated in every major International and National Tournament to include The National Golden Gloves, where he was recently voted "Official of the Tournament." Throughout his career he showed unwavering dedication to the sport of Boxing and Jose loved officiating so much so that he willingly funded his own way to several of these tournaments. He coined the slogan "have gloves, will travel" and used this same methodology not just for coaching, but for officiating as well. Over the years, he groomed many officials and was dedicated to the art and craft of boxing. Jose Santiago was and is the example of what coaching and officiating has been... is... and will continue to be through the legacy that he has left for us to follow.