Coaches

 

 

16142842_1853708878210541_120035863759509530_nAmy Orlando.  Amy is an A-rated Epee fencer who started fencing at age 11. She was a two-time Junior World team member achieving 6th, 8th ,and 10th place finishes in Junior World cups, was named a member of the Senior World team, and was a member of the World University team. She attended Notre Dame on a fencing scholarship and was team captain for her junior and senior years; she is a 4-year Monogram Winner at Notre Dame; a three-time NCAA championship participant; an integral member of the NCAA championship team; and she placed second in the individual NCAA championship tournament.

Amy is an experienced Epee coach. She was on the coaching staff at clubs in Boston and Indianapolis and has experience coaching at the local and national level. Amy’s style of coaching focuses on building on an individual fencer’s strengths, and using these strengths to help the fencer learn how to incorporate strategy and win bouts.

 

 

 

 

EdDonofrioEd Donofrio.  Ed was a foil individual semi-finalist as a member of the 1976 Olympic Team. A graduate of the US Naval Academy, Ed is an All American Foil Fencer and a member of the US Naval Academy Athletic Hall of Fame.  He is a US Foil Champion in individual and team competition, a finalist in two World Cup events, and a silver medal winner in the Pan-American Games in foil team fencing.

Ed translated his success as a fencer to become the Men’s and Women’s Head Fencing Coach at the US Naval Academy. Ed’s strength as a coach is his ability to instill the love of fencing and improve the technique of our recreational fencers.

 

 

 

 

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Nick Hanahan.  Nick, who started fencing at age 10 in Indianapolis, IN, graduated from Notre Dame as a four-year starter, two-time team captain, two-time national champion, three-time ACC Champion, and All-American. He was elected as Notre Dame Men’s Epee most valuable fencer in 2018.  Starting at age 11, he competed in multiple national and international competitions. Some of his most noteworthy results are third place in the Chalon en Champagne World Cup, first in the Chalon en Champagne team competition, second in the Junior Olympics, third in Junior at a December NAC, top 32 in the Helsinki Junior World Cup, and third in the Div. 1 July Challenge. His highest place on the USFA point lists to date are 4th in Cadet, 5th in Junior, and 13th in Senior.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matt FullSizeRenderBedker.  Matt is a B17 rated fencer who began fencing at the age of 12, and competed shortly thereafter. He has fenced at the state, regional, and national levels in both foil and epee.

Matt was the coach and captain of the George Mason Epee team during their first undefeated season in 2009. Matt’s strength is introducing fencing to our beginning adult fencers. He customizes his coaching style to the skill and ability of each fencer. He also offers private lessons to adult fencers wishing to begin competing.

 

 

 

 

Caroline Dikibo.  Caroline iCarolines a native of Houston, Texas who began her fencing career in High School and was captain of her High School fencing team. She is an alumna of the University of Notre Dame where she fenced on their Division I NCAA Women’s Epee Team. She fenced on Notre Dame’s 2011 NCAA Championship team and received the NAACP’s Image Award Athlete of the Year.  She came to us from Houston Sword Sports where she taught beginner and after school classes.  Caroline teaches our beginner and recreational fencers on Saturday mornings.