Michael Aufrichitig, Director of Fencing at Columbia University, has been named the 2016 USFCA Varsity Coach of the Year. His Columbia teams have won the last two NCAA Team Championships as well as the Ivy League title, and he has as well pioneered a new approach to scouting and recruiting collegiate fencers.
Coach Aufrichitig was a varsity epee fencer at NYU, where he graduated from the Stern School of Business in 1994. He continued to compete at a national level and joined the New York Athletic Club, where he soon was named the director of their fencing program. While serving successfully in that position the position at Columbia came open, and in 2011 he was hired to direct both the Columbia men’s varsity and the Columbia-Barnard women’s varsity. He has reinvigorated both programs and both teams’ records have improved in each year since he took over.
The USFCA recognizes and honors his accomplishment.