UNC Boxing History In 1876, Julian Baker brought boxing gloves to UNC’s campus when he started the Athletic Association. Participation in the sport fluctuated over the subsequent decades highlighted by duel meets with Duke and VMI. Most recently, in 2002 Paul Kropp, a chemistry professor for the university, had begun teaching students the basics of boxing with informal workouts held weekly in the racquetball courts. Then in the fall of 2004, Chris Campbell, a student working out with Professor Kropp, registered the group as an officially recognized student organization. At about this time Matt Haley, a graduate student who boxed for Penn State, began attending the workouts to lend additional help with instruction and training. Registering the club with the National Collegiate Boxing Association remained only a topic of discussion until Dan Carleton finished his freshman season as a UNC varsity wrestler in 2006. Dan was interested in boxing competitively and became the catalyst for transforming the informal workouts into a nationally-competing team. He asked Matt Haley to step in as the first coach and begin the Carolina Boxing Club with three members, Dan as the president, and Frank Zhong and Travis Boyer as the team Captains. In the fall of 2006, the club held its first workouts, open to the student body and community and achieved a membership of over 50 members. Now, workouts can attract over 100 participants and tryouts for the competing team are held several times a year.