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Division I & II representative

[In alphabetical order]


Ivan LeeIvan Lee

Long Island University | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Personal and Professional Background (experience, qualifications, background, etc.)

2004 Olympic Team
Sabre Coach, LIFC
NYC Police Academy Physical Training and Tactics Instructor

Candidate Statement (why are you running, your priorities and what you can contribute to Coaches Community)

My goal is to give the collegiate fencing coaches a strong and collective voice that focuses on fairness throughout all divisions, regions and genders.


Zachary MossZach Moss

Northwestern University | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Personal and Professional Background (experience, qualifications, background, etc.)

I have been involved in the sport since age six as an athlete, referee, and coach. I began competing nationally at ten years old and was fortunate to be able to compete in NCAA fencing as a member of the Duke University team. I continued competing nationally after college and eventually transitioned to being more focused on coaching. I helped out at my local club and coached a high school team for four years before coming to Northwestern University as the assistant coach. I served as assistant coach for two years before being promoted to head coach. I am entering my fifth year as head coach of the program.

In addition to my role as Head Coach of the Northwestern Varsity Team, I coach and help administratively with the Northwestern University Club Fencing Team and operate a private fencing club. I have served as the Treasurer for the Midwest Fencing Conference since the 2017-18 season and have been part of the leadership of the Conference. I also have a Master’s Degree in Sport Management.

Finally, I have been part of the exploratory committee that led to the partnership with the USFCA to improve our coaches association representation. I have worked during the transition phase to help create good communication to all institutions and to find ways to best serve our community.

Candidate Statement (why are you running, your priorities and what you can contribute to Coaches Community)

I am running to be on the Collegiate Coaches Committee because I believe it is an essential body for our sport to continue to exist and function within the NCAA. Between the ever-evolving NCAA environment and the challenges created by the global pandemic, I believe that it is crucial that we have a group of coaches working to represent the needs of all of our member institutions and evaluating the best ways to move our sport forward. Philosophically, I am guided by two core beliefs – that the student-athlete experience is an essential one and that unified cooperation between all NCAA coaches is essential for our continued existence as a varsity sport.

I believe in the importance of the student-athlete experience and that through that experience we can help our fencers develop both as athletes and as people. I believe that college fencing can provide an unparalleled experience and opportunity for our fencers to grow. I am grateful for the experience that I had as a college athlete and I want to help ensure that opportunity is available for future generations of fencers.

I believe that for the continued existence and success of college fencing that we need to create a stronger culture of unity across our teams. We need a culture where we are working together to promote the sport, to grow and protect the number of varsity programs, and to be adaptable in the ever-evolving and challenging world of college athletics. In order to do this, I believe that we need to develop a culture where we are willing to share information, communicate openly, and work together to solve our collective and individual challenges.

With those core beliefs in mind, I see a number of important steps and actions that we can take as a coaches association to help our sport continue to exist and to grow at the NCAA level.

First, we need to improve our communication and representation to the NCAA. A strong, effective, and representative coaches association is essential to achieving this. We need to build a stronger voice within the NCAA structure and develop strong relationships with the NCAA Championships Committee to allow the voice of our coaches to be better heard.

Second, we need to develop resources to help advocate for new NCAA programs and help protect existing ones. To complement this, we need to develop education and resource sharing mechanisms for coaches who are new to the college coaching ranks – particularly new head coaches. There is so much that is unique to being a college coach that cannot be learned in the private coaching ranks that we need to find ways to help support coaches making this jump. This will help prevent losing programs during leadership transitions.

Third, we need to increase the visibility and operations within our sport to be more in line with how other sports operate. Specifically, we need to find ways to recognize our member programs and provide them with resources to help them publicize their program internally and externally. This can be accomplished by increasing awards that are presented to be in line with what other coaches associations are doing and by creating a media strategy that allows strong publicity of these awards. It is also essential that these awards allow recognition of all levels and genders within the sport.

Finally, and most importantly, we need to make sure that we are insuring representation and recognition for all levels (divisions) and genders within our sport. It is essential that we provide voice and find solutions to the challenges that face all of our member institutions regardless of the nature of the program. We have a wide range of types of programs, so we need to be working to address the problems that affect all programs and find solutions that help the sport as a whole.

In short, I am running for this committee because I believe in what this committee could be and the ways that it can make a real, lasting impact for our sport. I would be honored to be part of this committee and to work on the behalf of all programs.


 

Division III representative

[in alphabetical order]


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Denison University | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Personal and Professional Background (experience, qualifications, background, etc.)

I have been fencing since 1982 when I joined the fencing club at the University of Colorado. In the 90's I rose to 5th in the nation in men's foil and competed in many NACs and World Cups. When I returned to fencing as a veteran, I won several veteran NACs and qualified for the 2014 and 2016 veteran's world team. Over the last 38 years of my time in fencing, I've coached at private clubs (Halberstadt Fencers Club), high schools (Adlai Stevenson High School), and university club and varsity programs (University of Chicago varsity asst coach, Denison University club coach and now varsity women's coach). In all my coaching endeavors, I've prided myself on innovative strategies for growing fencing.

Candidate Statement (why are you running, your priorities and what you can contribute to Coaches Community)

Although I am a new college varsity coach, I have been in and around fencing in the U.S. for 38 years and know the sport well at all levels. While the fact that I am a new varsity coach does mean that I may not be as familiar with the ins and outs of the NCAA as more seasoned candidates, I believe my fresh perspective will be crucial as we navigate both the "new normal" of Covid19 and post-Covid times. I am running for two main reasons. First, to give a voice to Div III programs whose voice has often been overlooked by the NCAA and the varsity fencing community. While it is essential that all varsity programs stick together for the sake of numbers and compete in a national championship that includes Div I, II, and III, I think it is also possible to coordinate a different "championship" for Div III schools. This championship would not be a sanctioned national championship, as that would undermine the existing one, but it could be a championship in all but name that creates a meaningful season culmination for most Div III programs that never get to send a fencer to the traditional national championship. Second, my history as a coach has proven that I know how to create and grow fencing programs. I helped create and grow Adlai Stevenson's high school program in the mid-90's...and it quickly became the largest sports program at the school. More recently, I created the Denison University fencing club and varsity team in a few short years where there had been no fencing before. The fencing program at Denison is now one of the most vibrant sports programs at the university and a model for the creation of other varsity programs around the country. My second priority is to lead the charge for targeting other colleges and universities that show the potential for varsity teams and coordinating efforts to support the growth of varsity teams at those colleges and universities. It is only by growing the sport at the college level that we will have a continued voice in the NCAA, especially during the post-Covid years when the threat that universities will attempt to balance budgets by cutting programs is real. It is crucial not only for the sake of college fencing but for the larger fencing community as a whole that we do NOT content ourselves with the existing fencing programs but prioritize the growth of new ones. Finally, I'm running to make sure that fencing has a strong voice in the NCAA. I'm also a Professor of English at Denison University. I know the power of rhetorical strategies and would use my knowledge in both written and oral communication to make sure our voice is heard by the NCAA national office.


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Drew University | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Personal and Professional Background (experience, qualifications, background, etc.)

COACHING -- Head Coach, Drew University Fencing 2014-Present; 2016 EWFC Conference Women's Coaching Staff of the Year; 2017 + 2018 MACFA Conference Men's Fencing Coach of the Year; Head Coach, Bernards High School (NJ) (2012-2014) and Gov.Livingston High School (NJ) (2005-2012); 3 Time NJSIAA "High School Fencing Coach of the Year"; 2009 Newark Star Ledger "New Jersey High School Fencing Coach of the Year"; Former Chairman, New Jersey Division of the US Fencing Association (2008-2011)

CLUB -- President/Operator, Somerset Hills Fencing Club, Inc., Bernardsville, New Jersey (High School and Middle School Summer Fencing Camp programs)
COMPETITIVE -- Gold Medalist, 2016-2017-2018 Pan American Veterans Championships (Saber); 3-time Winner, New Jersey Veterans Cup (Men's Saber)
BUSINESS -- President, Vincent Paragano & Son, Inc. 1980-Present (Real Estate Developers and Residential/Commercial Construction); President, Raritan Bay Associates, LLC 2001-Present (Residential/Multi-Family Development)
EDUCATION -- Juris Doctor (Law), American University Washington College of Law (1980); Bachelor of Arts (Political Science), Rutgers College/Rutgers University (1977)
FAMILY -- Married 40 years to Kathryn; Father to 3 adult children: Matthew, Jennifer and Laura (all 3 fenced); Grandfather to Zara Paragano (newborn)

Candidate Statement (why are you running, your priorities and what you can contribute to Coaches Community)

It has been my pleasure to serve on the USFCA/NCAA Coaches' Committee since inception. I was part of the original organizing working group that led to the formation of the "NCAA Coaches Committee" within USFCA.
I absolutely LOVE being the coach of an NCAA Division III dual-gender program. It gives me great pride to recruit, train and graduation very fine young adults.
I would like to continue the work that the Committee started to be a voice for collegiate/NCAA fencing.
With my diverse background as an NCAA Coach, Club Coach, National/International Competitor, Attorney and Businessman, I am uniquely qualified to assist the USFCA/NCAA Coaches' Committee and the NCAA Coaching Community address the mounting challenges that collegiate fencing faces to (a) retain existing college programs; (b) expand and add collegiate programs at all levels; (c) make college fencing more appealing and accessible to the growing population of young fencers; and (d) address the inequities in the support of fencing programs both within their own college administrations and in the greater fencing world.
As a Division III Head Coach for BOTH the men's and the women's programs at Drew University, I will continue to be an effective advocate for the development, recognition and equitable treatment of Division III fencing programs by the NCAA, USFCA and USA Fencing. As is evidenced by the rosters and results of my Drew University teams, I have been a long-standing and effective advocate for gender-equity and racial diversity in college fencing.

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2018

Coach of the year - Bill Becker

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William Becker graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and has a Master's of Arts degree in Physical Education from the University of South Florida. He has been involved in the art of fencing since 1983 and has been coaching since 1991. Mr. Becker began his fencing career under the tutelage of Jacques Piguet, a French master and former coach o Cornell University. He continued his fencing career with Geza Kogler and Miguel D’Alerta. He moved on to become a nationally ranked fencer under Maestro Valentin Nikolov. Maestro Nikolov was a member of the Bulgarian National Sabre team and later coached the Bulgarian National Team, where a member of the team was the world champion of sabre. Mr. Becker was the head coach of Broward Community College fencing club from 1991 until 2004 when the club relocated to the City of Hallandale Beach and was called South Florida Fencing Club. The South Florida Fencing Club enjoyed many successes at that location until Mr. Becker relocated to the Phoenix, AZ area in 2007. Mr. Becker also taught fencing at Barry University from 1998 to 2007. He is currently a nationally ranked referee holding an esteemed ranking of a 1 in sabre and a 3 in epee and foil. He also holds an esteemed international referee license in both foil and sabre which was obtained in 2007. Mr. Becker is currently the Arizona Division Chair and formerly the Southeast Section Chair and Gold Coast Florida Division Chair of the United States Fencing Association. He is also a member of the USA Fencing Board of Directors and a member of the Fencing Officials Commission. He has hosted numerous divisional, sectional and national tournaments with great success.   Mr. Becker has experienced many successes during his fencing career. He is a twenty-five-time Sunshine State games gold medalist, ten-time Florida Gold Coast division champion in Men’s Sabre, four-time Florida Gold Coast Division champion in Men’s foil and two-time division champion in Men’s Epee. Mr. Becker has been a finalist in foil, sabre and epee fifteen times at the Southeast Section championships. In 2003, Mr. Becker was the Southeast Section Men’s Sabre champion and has been a four time silver medalist and three times bronze medalist in the same event. He was a U.S. National Championship finalist in 1989, 1993, 2006-2010. In 2004, he was a member and coach of the Summer National championships Men’s Sabre Silver medal team and a member of the bronze medal Men’s Epee team. Mr. Becker has over 30 National tournament medals. Mr. Becker enjoys coaching students of all ages. He has coached many students to win national medals and now has three national champions.


 2017

Coach of the year - Tim Robinson

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Tim Robinson holds the rank of Prevot d'Armes with the US Fencing Coaches Association (USFCA). He began coaching in 2002 as a lecturer in the Exercise and Sports Studies Department at UC Santa Barbara. Although he left this position in 2019 to focus on his appointment in the Computer Science Department, Tim still coaches the UCSB Fencing Team and Club. He is the founding coach of Presidio Fencing Club.

Coach Robinson was named USFCA Coach of the Year in 2017 for his work with the UCSB Team. His focus on the functional and athletic development of young fencers also earned him a Coach of the Year award from SBParent.com in 2008. Tim's students have reached medal rounds in various local and national tournaments since 2006.

Award of Merit - Mark Masters

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Head Fencing Master and owner of Fencing Academy of Philadelphia., Mark is a certified fitness instructor from the American College of Sports Medicine. In addition to his certifications from the US Fencing Coaches Association and the International Academy of Arms as a fencing master he holds a Master of Arts & Education degree in Recreation Programming and Management.

As a competitor Mark lived abroad and trained with some of the best European fencing masters. Although he has too many personal and coaching results to list, some of his significant results include training world champions Graham Wicas in Epee, Delia Turner in Saber and Jr. World team fencers in both genders and all weapons.

Maestro Masters has inspired many other clubs and coaches. FAP, Inc. is the first full time professional fencing business in the US. In the Philadelphia area alone, Mark is responsible for the inspiration of Fencing Academy Main Line, Liberty Fencing Alliance, Circle dEscrime, FASJ and Delaware Valley Fencers Club. FAP is also the model for Renaissance Fencing Club in Michigan and New Amsterdam Fencing Club in New York.

Some of Mark’s accomplishments:

  • 2016, 2017 Epee lecturer, U.S. Fencing Coaches Association National coaches Academy
  • 2017 U.S. Fencing Coaches Association Merit Award for Contribution to the Profession.
  • 2018 Junior Olympic Cadet Women’s foil Champion
  • 2018 1st alternate to Cadet World Championship team
  • 2012 Fifth Place Samorin International Cadet Men’s foil and Winner of International Sportsmanship award
  • 2006 Cadet World Champion Men’s Epee
  • 2006 Veteran 50+ World Champion Women’s Saber
  • 2007 Junior World Championships Silver Medal Junior Men’s epee
  • 2007 Veteran 50+World Champion Women’s saber

Mark  graduated Cum Laude from Wayne State University with a Master of Arts degree in Education.

 

Award of Merit - John Krauss

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Maître John Krauss is a past Vice President of the USFCA Northeast region. He was very active in organizing the Coaches Academy for many years from 008 - 2015, including a very successful Academy in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was the creator of the USFCA Coaches Conference, the predecessor to the Coaches Academy and managed the Conference from 2008 to 2015 as the Conference Committee Chair. He is a current member of the Certification Committee. 

John is very active in the State of Maine, and founded Down East School of Fencing in 2006 and continues to act as head coach and is responsible for decidedly increasing the number of fencers in that state. He has taught at many Coaching Clinics and fencing camps and began coaching in 1988.   

His service over the years has been invaluable. He can be seen coaching at various National competitions, has had many nationally ranked fencers, has coached national gold medalists and world veteran finalists. He competes himself in the veteran category and has been a national finalist in Men's Foil five times. He has been fencing since 1979. 

John Krauss is essentially the U.S. Fencing Coaches’ Association’s “Man in Maine”. In 2005. he was asked by newly-elected President of the USFCA Abdel Salem to take on the job of organizing the Association’s Annual Meeting and add to it a coaches’ clinic, and to feature presentations from some of the best coaches in the USA. He was so successful at the job that the Annual Meeting/clinic has been an annual and well-attended event every year since. In recognition of the great value that his work has been to the U.S.F.C.A. , he is hereby presented with the Association’s Award of Merit.


2016

Coach of the year - Alex Ripa

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Ripa presently coaches successful international competitors, members of the U.S. Cadet and Junior World Teams, and Ivy League and NCAA champions. His students hold international rankings and top positions in the U.S. national point standings.
 
Ripa holds coaching certifications through the United States Fencing Association and the United States Fencing Coaches Association, which is recognized by the Academie d’Armes Internationale.
 
His coaching philosophy centers on athlete individuality, and he has created a remarkably successful physical and mental fencing training program that succeeds in producing champions in life, as well as in fencing.
 
Originally from Portsmouth, R.I., he graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art in 1995. He resides in Barrington, R.I., with his wife, Jill, and two children.

 

Varsity coach of the year - Michael Aufrichtig

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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.

 

Award of merit - Ron Miller

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Fencing Master Ronald Miller has been the head coach of the University of North Carolina fencing team since 1967. During those years he created a consistently strong inter-collegiate program, while at the same time becoming a leader in the successful efforts to build up the sport of fencing throughout his area. He is now the longest serving coach at the University and his 2016-17 team will deliver to him his 1400th career victory.

He began fencing under Maestro Julio Castello in Florida and got an AA Degree from St.Petersburg College, then a BS in Exercise Science from Florida St. U. in 1966. He followed this with a Masters from Eastern Kentucky in ’67 and a Doctorate in 1974 from UNC. He was certified as a Fencing Master in 1980.

Coach Miller has served as a coach on both Junior & Senior USFA World teams, and also on the 1987 Pan American team. He has had two fencers on U.S. Olympic teams.

He has served as a USFCA Vice-President and as a member of the C & A Board. He has not only been a central figure in coaching circles both nation-wide and in the Southeast Region, but has been a generous mentor to aspiring coaches throughout his career. It is with great pleasure the Coaches’ Association honors his contributions to our sport % our profession.

 

Award - Abdel Salem


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Fencing Master Abdel Salem, Head Fencing Coach at the U.S. Air Force Academy, is being honored not only for his overall career, but for his accomplishments as the President of the USFCA from 2009 to 2015. During that tenure he supervised the completion of the USFCA Coach Training Manual and Certification exams for all four levels of coach accreditation, and created the coaches’ clinic at the Annual General Meeting, which for the first time allowed candidates from across the country to come to a central location to work with experienced Masters and be tested for accreditation. This new approach has reinvigorated our Association and significantly increased our membership.

Coach Salem has been coaching in the U.S. since 1984. He is a 1980 graduate of the University of Alexandria medical school, and was a practicing physician in Egypt while he was a member of their Olympic Squad. He fenced at the 1984 Los Angeles Games representing Egypt, but then remained here and began coaching at the Westside Fencing Center. It was there that he trained the team that would eventually win the USFA National Foil Team Championship. He was Ass’t Fencing Coach at the University of Pennsylvania from 1986 to ’89,  then became the Head Coach at the Lone Star Fencing Academy in Dallas.  For the next 7 years he developed several nationally-ranked fencers before being tapped by the Academy in 1997 to head the USAFA program.

He are recognizing him for his successful career in coaching, of course, but we particularly mean to honor his time as our President.


 2010

Award of Merit - Connie Yu

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A founding member of The Fencing Center’s first board of directors, Connie Yu, selected as the USFA Western Region Developmental coach of the year in 2000, has over 16 years of competitive fencing experience and is a certified Moniteur D’Escrime in foil and epee by the USFCA (United States Fencing Coaches Association). In 2010 Connie was awarded The USFCA Award of Merit for contributions to the promotion and teaching the art of fencing. Connie, mother of Jennifer (1990 National Foil Champion & World Championship team member), Jessica (Oscar Winner and Multiple World Championship team member) and Marty (Multiple World Championship team member) brings a long history of excellence to youth, junior, and adult development at TFC including several finalists at Junior Olympics and national circuit events. Connie has organized, managed, and coached annual Junior fencing camps since 1988. Since 2001 Connie has organized and coached TFC’s ‘Camp Winabout’ for youth and juniors and was the teacher of Youth Fencing classes at the Palo Alto J.C.C. 1986-2007. Additionally, 2 of her students were among the top 10 youth fencers being considered for the 1998 Moscow Youth World Championship team. Connie is CA State, and USA Nationally Live Scan certified.