At the Santa Rosa Salvation Army’s 2013 annual Volunteer Appreciation Lunch last week, Double Punches honored volunteer coach Brian Russell.
We met Brian about 12 years ago when his son Mike, 9 years old at the time, joined our club.
He knows how to motivate the kids to work hard and be ready when they compete. He has helped kids prepare for the Junior Olympics, Silver Gloves and Golden Gloves competitions, and represented Double Punches at the 2008 Junior Olympics Nationals, where his son Mike came in at #2.
Brian is not afraid of a challenge, and he’s also not afraid of heights; currently he works as a painter for the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Can you imagine having to climb that bridge day to day, rain or shine? Well, not only is that what Brian does every day, but even after a hard day of work he makes time to come into Santa Rosa 2-3 days per week to coach the kids. And he has been doing this for over 12 years!
Brian, thank you so much for your dedication and service to the Club, and to Sonoma County’s youth!