An award-winning England Boxing coach who oversaw the development of more than 100 national champions has appeared in court charged with three counts of sexual assault.
Mick Driscoll spoke only to confirm his name, address and date of birth. Magistrates in Crawley sent the case to the Crown Court at Lewes next month.
The first two sexual assaults are alleged to have taken place at a Holiday Inn hotel in Crawley on May 20, 2019.
Crawley Magistrates Court heard Driscoll is alleged to have pushed his way into a hotel room where he tried to kiss the woman before forcing her onto the bed. The third assault is alleged to have taken place between November 30 and December 8 of the same year. Driscoll is accused of spanking the woman on the bottom as she walked past him.
The former boxing coach could face a two-year prison term if convicted.
Driscoll was released on unconditional bail. He will appear again at Lewes Crown Court on February 16.
England Boxing, the governing body for the amateur sport, has previously declined to comment on the case. The matter is understood to have been subject to an internal inquiry.
The 54-year-old previously enjoyed success as a boxer himself. He won two National Elite Championships, representing City of Portsmouth Boxing Club. He also boxed for England and narrowly missed out on selection for the 1988 Seoul Olympics as a light-welterweight.
He then turned professional at 18 where he fought for the British title before moving into coaching where he has been an even bigger success.
In 20 years as a coach, an England Boxing biography says he oversaw the development of more than 100 national champions at West Ham Boxing Club, from Schools to Elite level, before stepping up to put his vast experience to good use with England Boxing.
England Boxing’s Head of Talent and Competitions, David Thorley, has previously heaped praise on Driscoll’s “outstanding work” and “commitment to the role”.