“Carlos didn’t write me off. I was 12 and plenty of folks did. But I got to come to a place where people saw me and accepted me. Carlos didn’t give me advice. He didn’t have speeches. Carlos and I talked about consequences and he showed me how to look at my choices.”
Former Participant & Current Coach
Remembering Carlos Duncan
Adults called him by his first name. The kids knew him as Mr. D
Boxing his entire life, GYAC was founded by his father, and later managed by his brother before Carlos Duncan took over in the early 1990s. Mr. Duncan served in the U.S. Air Force and was a chairman for the U.S. Illinois Boxing Association Coaches Committee. He was a Certified Level IV, elite coach, clinician, and official with the U.S. Amateur Boxing Inc.
Carlos served on the boards for Knox County United Way, Knox County Teen Court, Knox County YMCA, Knox County Healthy Youth Alliance, and the Galesburg Youth Commission. He worked for Galesburg School District 205 from 1993 to 2002 as part of the Knox County Even Start Program and additionally, spent 12 years working for the Literacy Coalition at Carl Sandburg College.
Carlos passed away on July 2, 2022 at the age of 80 and will always be remembered for his contributions to GYAC and the city of Galesburg.