DaVarryl “Touch of Sleep” Williamson

DaVarryl Williamson

DaVarryl is a 1998 graduate of Northern’s Master of Public Administration Program.  

In addition to his academic achievements DaVarryl is an accomplished athlete, and since graduating from Northern he has become a leader in the field of youth boxing. DaVarryl’s activities, both during and after his time as a student at Northern and as an athlete in Northern Michigan University’s Olympic Training Center include the followingimpressive accomplishments.

He was a first alternate for Team USA at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.
He was the 1996-1998 winner of the United States National Championships, the only heavyweight ever to win 3 years in a row.
He was National Golden Gloves Champion in 1996-1999, and added three victories at the American Boxing Classic and the NPAL Championship.
He ended his six-year amateur career in 2000, as a 10-time national champion with a 120 wins out of 137 bouts. 
As a pro boxer, he won 27 of 35 bouts, winning the WBC NABF Championship in 2004 and fighting for the IBF Heavyweight Championship in 2005.
In 2010, he established Englewood, Colorado’s Touch of Sleep Boxing Gym. 
In 2015 he was inducted into the Colorado Golden Gloves Hall of Fame,
In 2017 he was designated the Englewood Schools Outstanding Volunteer,
In 2018-2019 he received a Martin Luther King Legacy Award
In 2019 he received the Charles Hay World School Volunteer Award, and City of Englewood Citizen of the Year Award nomination.
Most recently, he was inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame.  Only two other boxers, Jack Dempseyand Corky Gonzalez, are currently inducted into the Colorado HOF. 
DaVarryl and his wife Jennifer currently live in Englewood Colorado.