Coaches


Steve Kaplan – Sabre

  • U.S. Fencing Coaches Association Fencing Master.
  • 1976 U.S. Olympic Team Member – Sabre
  • 1975 Pan American Games Silver Medalist
  • 4 time U.S. National Team Champion
  • 1971 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) All American – NYU
  • Varsity Head Fencing Coach NYU 1980-1986
  • Elected to NYU Athletic Hall of Fame 1996
  • Founded Cobra Fencing Club in 2002

Ras Davidson – Sabre

  • Cadet World Championship Bronze Medalist 2006 Korea
  • U.S. Junior National Champion
  • Coached by Mika’il Sankofa and Yury Gelman

Heriberto Gonzalez – Foil

  • 1979 Pan American Foil Champion
  • 1980 Cuban Olympic Foil Team
  • 1983 Bronze Medalist in Men’s Foil Team
  • 1983 Bronze Medalist University Games Foil Individual

Marat Israelian – Epee

  • NCAA champion in 2010 and 2011
  • Ranked 3rd in the world in Juniors in 2004
  • Several time Israel national champion and member of Israeli national team
  • Certified coach by The Wingate Institute, Israel’s National Centre for Physical Education and Sport
  • Graduate of St. John’s University

Evgeniya Kirpecheva – Foil

  • Russian junior national foil champion
  • Cadet World Cup Finalist 2007
  • NCAA Women’s Foil Champion 2012, bronze medalist 2010, 2011

Abdoulaye Thiam – Sabre

  • Senegal Olympic Sabre Team 2008 Beijing
  • Silver Medalist African Games 2007, 2008
  • Competed in 2008 Senior World Championships, Moscow