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2020 Hall of Fame Class

Congratulations to our 2020 USA Fencing Hall of Fame inductees. The class will be honored, alongside the 2021 inductees, during a ceremony in Minneapolis at the 2022 USA Fencing National Championships and July Challenge — also known as Summer Nationals.

2020 Hall of Fame Athlete Inductees

Richard Berry

Berry represented the United States at the 1955 and 1958 World Fencing Championships. An officer in the U.S. Navy, Berry won bronze at the World Military Fencing Championships in 1956 and was an alternate to the U.S. Olympic Men’s Épée Team that same year. Berry won gold with the U.S. Men’s Épée Team at the 1959 Pan American Games. Berry won the U.S. National Epee Championship twice in 1957 and 1958. Berry co-founded the City of Davis fencing program and presently coaches the after-school program at NFC in Davis, California. 

Steve Mormando

Mormando competed in men’s saber at three straight Olympic Games, fencing for Team USA in 1984, 1988 and 1992, and won individual gold at the 1991 Pan American Games as well as team silvers in 1983, 1987 and 1991. Mormando also won the 1987 individual National Championship as well as 12 titles in the team event and has served as a coach at New York University for more than 38 years.

Akhnaten Spencer-EL

Spencer-EL represented Team USA at the 2000 Olympic Games after winning the first of two back-to-back individual Division I National Championships in 2000. The No. 1 junior men’s saber fencer in the world in 1998, Spencer-EL won silver at the 1999 Pan American Games and holds six National Championship team titles as a member of the Peter Westbrook Foundation team. Spencer-EL now coaches for PWF as well as the Fencers Club and is the saber coach for Columbia University.

Dr. Justin D. Tausig

Dr. Tausig was a member of the U.S. Men’s Épée National Team from 1997-2002, including four appearances at the Senior World Championships in 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2002. Dr. Tausig was one of the first U.S. men’s épée fencers ever to win an individual medal on the World Cup circuit and also reached the podium with Team USA. Dr. Tausig is now a sport and performance consultant who helps athletes improve their mental game.

2020 Hall of Fame Coach Inductees

Dr. Gerald I. Cetrulo

Dr. Cetrulo served as the fencing coach at Seton Hall University where he founded the team in 1937 and led the squad to three intercollegiate titles in four years. Dr. Cetrulo went on to coach the Barringer High School Team to 23 state team titles. Among Dr. Cetrulo’s students were 1948 Olympic team bronze medalist Dean Cetrulo, 1948 Olympian Gus Prokop and 1936 Olympian Bill Pecora.

Anthony Orsi

Orsi founded the Santelli Fencing Academy, named in honor of his childhood coach and Olympic Champion Giorgio Santelli, where he coached many of USA Fencing’s great athletes, including two fellow Hall of Famers - Olympian Lee Shelley and World Championship finalist Donna Stone.

2019 Hall of Fame Athlete Inductee

Rob Stull

One of the few athletes to ever participate in two sports at the same Olympic Games, Stull competed in both épée and modern pentathlon in 1988. He was also a member of the modern pentathlon Olympic team in 1984 and 1992. A four-time National Champion in épée and seven-time member of the men’s épée team at the Senior World Championships, Stull won both fencing and modern pentathlon national championships in 1990. 

Note: Rob Stull, a member of the Class of 2019, was unable to attend his induction ceremony and will be honored alongside the 2020 and 2021 classes at the 2022 Summer Nationals.