Silas started the first organized boxing club in Greenville, SC and ran it from 1975-2005. Through his coaching, he has at least 1 state champion from 1975-1988 and once had five state champions at one time. He had several regional and national fighters at junior and open level competition. He was the coach of once number one middleweight contender Lamar Parks through his amateur and professional career. He also helped in the organization of several neighboring boxing clubs. In 2001 he received a gold seal commendation from the South Carolina Senate for his influence in boxing in the state of South Carolina.