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USA Fencing Names Support Staff for Junior and Cadet World Championships

03/04/2013, 5:45pm CST
By Nicole Jomantas

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – USA Fencing is pleased to announce the support staff for the 2013 Junior and Cadet World Championships.  

These eight individuals will travel with Team USA to the Junior and Cadet Worlds which will be held in Porec, Croatia from April 6-15.

“We have assembled a great staff with extensive experience working with athletes at past Junior and Cadet World Championships as well as at the Olympic level. They are all looking forward to working with Team USA and will help put our athletes in the best position to have another successful Junior and Cadet Worlds,” said Seth Kelsey (Colorado Springs, Colo.), USA Fencing Director of Sports Performance and Development.

Wes Glon (State College, Pa.) will serve as the team’s Chef de Mission in Croatia. Glon has coached at the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games as well as at several Senior, Junior and Cadet World Championship Teams during the past two decades. One of the top saber referees in the country, Glon has also officiated at both the World Cup and World Championship level.

Atlanta Olympian Jim Carpenter (Red Bank, N.J.), a team captain at four previous Junior and Cadet World Championships, will serve as team captain and team leader. 

Kate Reisinger (Colorado Springs, Colo.), USA Fencing’s deputy director of sports performance and development, will join the U.S. Fencing Team for the first time as team manager. Reisinger, who comes to USA Fencing after 14 years at USA Field Hockey, previously managed USAFH’s U21, U19 and U17 National Teams and traveled as a team leader with their 2008 and 2012 U.S. Olympic Teams.

Following a successful trip as the team manager for the 2013 Junior and Cadet Pan American Championships, Jennifer Yamin (Allendale, N.J.) will step into the role of assistant team manager for the Junior and Cadet Worlds.

Both Brian Hardy (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Kyle Momsen (Owatonna, Minn.) have each worked with three past Junior and Cadet World Championship Teams as athletic trainers during the past four years. This year will be the third time the duo has been paired on staff together.

Armorer Ron Herman (Iowa City, Iowa), who was part of the delegation at both the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games, will return for his third Junior and Cadet World Championships. He will be joined by Michael Mergens (Burke, Va.) A first-time staff member on the U.S. team, Mergens was an armorer at the 2012 Korfanty World Cup in Chicago as well as at countless national tournaments. 

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