Matt Nolan

Matt Nolan has taken on nearly every imaginable role when it comes to the sport of boxing.  First a fan, then a competitor, from there a coach, and ultimately a gym owner.  You could say that Matt’s pretty much done it all.  As a full time public school educator, Matt has a knack of conveying knowledge with contagious enthusiasm.  Matt is passionate about the sport of boxing and finds endless enjoyment from other’s success within it.  Whether you’re looking to shed some pounds, win a championship, or just enjoy a fun and exciting workout, Matt has the knowledge and ability to make it happen.

To contact Matt for private or small group training, please email Matt at

Mark Nolan

Mark has been involved in the sport of amateur boxing for nearly his entire life.  A formal member of USA boxing since 2000, Mark successfully competed at the amateur level before transitioning to a coach.  Mark has worked corners for many winning amateur boxers, from local events to the New England Golden Gloves.  Mark has been a middle school science teacher for more than a decade and believes that his experience as an educator as well as his Master’s degree in education help him to create innovative and dynamic lessons as well as to help meet the needs of individual members.  Always laughing and having a good time, Mark believes that if you love what you’re doing, success is all but guaranteed!

To contact Mark for private or small group training, please email Mark at

Rico DePaolis

Rico found boxing shortly after his college basketball career came to an end.  In dire need for a competitive fix, he stumbled upon the sport through coaches, and longtime friends, Matt and Mark Nolan.  From the minute he walked in, he loved the intensity of it all.  He soon committed to competing full-time, while always having a desire to teach those newer fighters around him. Rico has dedicated his life to athletics both as a player and a coach, from the elementary, to the college level respectively, working closely with athletes ranging from age 7-22.  Rico’s addiction to learning, teaching, and furthering his knowledge as a coach in the sport of boxing is what drives him everyday at NBB.  Rico works full time as an Account Executive at a software company located in Boston, MA.  He is the 2019 178 lb Rocky Marciano Tournament Champion.

To contact Rico for private or small group training, please email Rico at

Ashley Kouyoumjian

Ashley’s trajectory into the boxing ring began when she was five years old and her life’s goal was to become a Ninja Turtle. Because of that desire, Ashley spent many years in a karate dojo, including earning her black belt at 10 years old at Shorin Ryu Karate Academy in Waltham. After taking a hiatus from martial arts and focusing on other activities, she found a love of boxing during a one-off boot camp class held in a boxing gym. Since that time eight years ago, Ashley has spent far more days in a boxing gym than not. She is a USA Boxing Level 1 Certified Coach and holds an active USA Boxing Amateur Boxing passbook.  She is the 2019 165 lb female Rocky Marciano Tournament Champion.

Outside of the gym, Ashley works for a non-profit doing fundraising and planning events.

To contact Ashley for private or small group training, please email Ashley at

Amy O’Brien

Amy Hook

Amy was a competitive swimmer for 18 years. She hung up her goggles when she graduated college and picked up boxing gloves. She started boxing for a fun workout, but when she found Haymakers for Hope everything changed. She trained hard, fought hard, raised a bunch of money, and won! Since then, she wanted to continue to learn about the sport. She wanted to share her love for boxing so she decided to start teaching others how to box. Though she has been recovering from a back injury since 2016 and is unable to fight, she channels her passion for boxing into teaching others. Hopefully someday soon she can fight along side you!

To contact Amy for private or small group training, please email Amy at