Great Coaches

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US Olympic team coach in 1964, 1968, and 1972 and at several World Championships. A regular contributor to national and international fencing journals (writing in both French and English) he summed up his thoughts on technique and philosophy in the book, MODERN FENCING.

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Auriol, Leon

Leon Auriol

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Miklos Bartha took over the old Salle Santelli when Georgio  moved his operations to New Jersey.

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Calvert, Delmar

1973 Jr. Olympics (the US 2nd J.O.) had a triple champion in U-14 Bradley Thomas coached by Delmar Calvert.

VIDEO: Delmar Calvert interviewed by Andy Shaw

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 Al Carter was the 1989 Under 19 US foil champion and is coaching in the Los Angeles area.
Photo by Andy Shaw
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Castello, Hugo, James, and Julio

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Cointe, Georges

Georges Cointe was the head fencing coach at Cornell University for 27 years.

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Daniel Costin coached champions such as Teddy Levitt, Jason Rogers, Tom Berman

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Csiszar, Lajos

 

(1903-1997) – Born in Hungary, where he was assistant coach to Italo Santelli. Best known as coach of the University of Pennsylvania., where he won two NCAA championships. Olympic team coach and creator of numerous champions.

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DeKoff, Irving

Coach of Columbia University (1953-1968). President of the NFCAA. NFCAA coach of the Year. He won the NCAA team championship four times (1954, ’55, ’63, ’65) and the IFA team championship five times.

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Bela and Joana deTuscan, October 1946

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Maestro Csaba Elthes was a legendary fencing master who immigrated to the U.S. to become the coach to the U.S. Olympic Bronze Medalist in 1984, Peter Westbrook. Continue reading →

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Temple University’s Nikki Franke watches a tense bout at the NCAA’s.  Photo by Andy Shaw
Nikki Franke interviewed by Andy Shaw at the 2010 Junior Olympics in Memphis, TN.

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Coach of U. of Illinois (1941-72); winner of the NCAA team championship (1956, ’58). Coach of Penn State University (1972-80). One of the principal organizers of fencing in the Midwest. Co-founder of the NFCAA (1941). President of the NFCAA. Captain of CCNY (1939).

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Wes Glon and Jerzy Radz at a NAC.
photo by Andy Shaw

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Richard Gradkowski (Coach of the Saltus Club) and Jean-Jacques Gillet (Cornell Coach) watching the 1989 Jr. Olympics in Colorado Springs.  Photo by Andy Shaw

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“A game of chess played on your feet, requiring agility, power and intelligence.”

VIDEO: Henry Harutunian interviewed by Andy Shaw

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(1895-1981) – Coach of the University of Chicago. Co-founder of the NFC

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Coach Lisel Judge.

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In 1955, my parents enrolled me in a fencing class at the Westside Jewish Community Center in Los Angeles. I was twelve years old. The man teaching the class was Mel North, a very charismatic coach. I became a charter member of Salle Du Nord in 1956. In 1957, the coaches of Southern California created the Junior League of Southern California so that fencers age fourteen through sixteen years old could have organized competition with their peers. This was one of the precursors ofthe Junior Olympics.  There were about three hundred boys and girls, all foil fencers. We fenced all pools from the preliminaries to Finals. I was undefeated during the two years I competed in the League.

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Columbia University Fencing Coach and International Fencing Official

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Elliot Lilien founded the fencing team at Concord-Carlisle High(1965) and coached there for twenty years.

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Lucchetti, Marcos

Marcos Lucchetti Interviewed by Andy Shaw for the Museum of American Fencing
July, 2012 at the Summer National Championships in Anaheim, California

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Eddie Lucia was born April 18, 1914 in Leonia, New Jersey. He was an assistant Professor of Physical and Health Education and Head Coach of Fencing at the City College of New York.

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Coach McKee and his Cavaliers in southern California with Olympian Maxine Mitchell (3rd from right)

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Miller, Ray

Miller, Ray

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Coach Ron Miller with his University of North Carolina women’s foil team at the NCAA championships. Photo by Andy Shaw

VIDEO: Ron Miller interviewed by Andy Shaw

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Moss, Jim Jim Moss

Jim Moss coached the Ben Franklin High fencing team in Philadelphia…the students called the school Malcolm X high, where Tyrone Simmons starred with Hooker and Blake.

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(1871-1957) – Concurrently coach of Columbia (1898-1948) and the New York AC (1891-1954) (where he was also boxing coach). Produced numerous intercollegiate and national champions and Olympians. He was probably the first American to travel to Europe to study to become a fencing master and then make a career of it.

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Joe Pechinsky with Cathy McClellan

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AFLA national epee champion (1964, ’66, ’67, ’68, ’83). Member, U.S. Olympic fencing team (1964, ’68, ’76); member, U.S. Olympic modern pentathlon team (1964, ’68). Olympic silver medalist, Pentathlon team 1964, World Team Bronze 1962, ’63. IFA epee champion (1964) and NCAA epee champion (1964, ’65) for Rutgers.
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Michael Petin (coach at NY Fencers club) with Brendan Meyers at the ’04 Jr.  World championships Continue reading →

Pinchart, Rene

(1891-1970) – Belgian Olympian in fencing and gymnastics (1920). Emigrated to the U.S. to become fencing master of the New York Fencers Club. Coach of the U.S. Olympic team (1928, ’32, ’48, ’52). Among his pupils were Lt. George Calnan, Joseph Levis, Maria Cerra Tishman, Daniel Bukantz, Nat Lubell, Helena M. Dow, and many other national champions and Olympians. The national Under-19 men’s foil trophy is presented in his memory (1971).

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It is altogether fitting that the sport of fencing played such a vital role in the life of Sherry Posthumus, who spent the bulk of her days touching the lives of others.

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Giorgio Santelli

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Named “Fencing Coach of the Year” by the National Fencing Coaches Association in 1957. He has served on the fencing committee for the Olympic games several times. In 1956 Charles Schmitter, for whom the Schmitter Fencing Collection is named, became the first native born American to achieve the prestigious Italian Masters Diploma in fencing.

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Princeton fencing coach Michel Sebastiani to step down.
Wednesday, 22 June 2005 – From an article at Fencing.net

PRINCETON, N.J. — Princeton fencing coach Michel Sebastiani will retire at the conclusion of the 2005-06 season, his 25th at the Ivy League school, the university announced Thursday.

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Born and educated in New York, he was the son of Regis Senac, also a fencing master. The son in his younger days was recognized as one of the leading foilsmen of the world.  In his later years, he became an instructor and for a time taught at the New York Athetic Club, and had served as coach of the City College fencing team.

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Simonian, Charles

Charles Simonian, Ph.D., is a fencing master and the founder of the Columbus Fencers Club. Dr. Simonian, is a former head varsity fencing coach at The Ohio State University where his Buckeyes won the 1969 Big Ten Championships. His book credits include Basic Foil Fencing, Fundamentals of Sports Biomechanics, and Get the Point, A Fencer’s Handbook . Dr. Simonian instructs in all three weapons

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Smith, Joseph

Coach of the Hunter College women’s fencing team during the 1930’s and 1940’s Smith’s teams won an unprecedented seven national championships, the most of any coach in history of the National Intercollegiate Women’s Fecning Association. Several of his fencers won national titles and represented our country in the Olympic games.  (Image and text from HunterCollege.com)

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Paul Soter, US Epee Coach from San Francisco at the Athens Olympic Games, 2004
(photo by John Heil)
 VIDEO: Paul Soter interviewed by Andy Shaw

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Mme. Leonie Stamm was one of the earliest fencing coaches to open her own private “salon” for New York’s wealthiest women in the 1890’s. Mme. Leonie Stamm was one of the earliest fencing coaches to open her own private “salon” for New York’s wealthiest women in the 1890’s.

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Les Stawicki, former head coach of the Polish Olympic Team and Current U.S. Paralympic Team head coach, at the 2006 Nationals. photo by Andy Shaw

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Leonardo Terrone, founder and coach of the Fencers Club of Philadelphia

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Uebel, Ferdinand FERDINAND UEBEL in 1950

Ferdinand Uebel in 1950 teaching in St. Paul, Minnesota.  Mr. Uebel is the coach who started competitive fencing in the state of Minnesota.   He was the President of the Minnesota Fencers league going back to the 1920’s, taught fencing at the University of Minnesota and was the fencing coach for the St. Paul Turners Fencing team.

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Fencing coach, Professor Henri J. Uyttenhove
Obituary by Fred Linkmeyer, American Fencing Magazine, July 1950

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Vauthier, Louis Louis VAUTHIER

The name of Louis Vauthier did not go long unknown. He began his career as assistant to M. Ayat, a left-handed fencer and one of the most famous masters in Europe. But Louis Vauthier was not content to remain an assistant, even to M. Ayat. In 1890, upon the instigation of friends and in conjunction with M. Fayolle, he opened up his own academy, the Cercle d’escrime de la Madeline.

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Velarde, Jose Jose VELARDE

Joe Velarde began fencing at the age of thirteen at Seward Park High School and competed in New York City’s Public School Athletic League from 1936-39.

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Joseph Vince coached his women to an all-time record 10 consecutive U.S. foil team titles.

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Hall of Famer Ralph Zimmerman with his coach Sylvio Vitale at M.I.T

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Wilson, Russell

Russell Wilson interviewed by Andy Shaw for the Museum of American Fencing
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Jeff Wolfe, a longtime coach at Brentwood High School, fenced at New York University. After graduating he became a teacher at Brentwood High School where he began both a Boys’ Team and a Girls’ Team.

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From the USC Fencing Website

Excerpt from “Tribute: Francis Zold Retires” by Rockwell Herron in Pomona College Magazine Spring 1998

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