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Board of Directors At-Large Director, Referees’ Commission Vice Chairs and Hall of Fame Inductees Selected in USA Fencing Election

05/24/2018, 2:15pm CDT
By Kristen Henneman

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – USA Fencing is pleased to announce the winners in the USA Fencing Election, which included voting opportunities for one At-Large Board Director, three Vice Chairs for the Referees’ Commission and inductees into the 2019 USA Fencing Hall of Fame.

Lorrie Marcil Holmes (Washington, D.C.) has been elected as an At-Large Director on the USA Fencing Board of Directors while Dan Crocket (Essex Junction, Vt.), Kelly Koehler (Corvallis, Ore.) and Devin Donnelly (Redwood City, Calif.) were voted in as Vice Chairs on the Referees’ Commission.

In addition, four athletes and three coaches were elected by the membership to be inducted into the USA Fencing Hall of Fame in 2019.

The USA Fencing Election, which was conducted online, began on Wednesday, May 2 and concluded on Wednesday, May 23 at 11:59 p.m. Mountain Time.

Running as the incumbent, Marcil Holmes earned the highest total of votes with 58 percent of votes in the Board of Directors Election, finishing in front of Ro Sobalvarro (Saint Paul, Minnesota), who earned 42 percent.

An attorney and parent of 2016 Rio Olympian Kat Holmes (Washington, D.C.), Marcil Holmes was re-elected to her third consecutive term At-Large Director.

The At-Large Director position is a two-year term, which will commence on September 1, 2018.

In the Referees’ Commission Election, Crocket was elected to Vice Chair of Domestic Assignments and Development, receiving 54 percent of the votes. Marcus Balog (Herndon, Va.) was the runner up with 46 percent of the votes.

A national and international referee, member of the Domestic Assignments Committee and a certified referee instructor, Crocket is a past chair of the Green Mountain Division and the head coach of the University of Vermont fencing team.

Koehler will serve as the Vice Chair of International Assignments and Development while Donnelly was elected to the Vice Chair of Rules and Exams position. Both active national and international referees, each ran unopposed and was re-elected after serving on the commission from 2016-18.

Each of the Vice Chair positions are four-year terms, which will begin on August 1, 2018.

The incoming class for the USA Fencing Hall of Fame includes four Olympians and three coaches whose athletes and teams have had incredible success.

In the athlete category, Dan Kellner (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Jon Normile (Millburn, N.J.), Paul Apostol (Wyckoff, N.J.) and Rob Stull (San Antonio, Texas) will be honored for their achievements in the sport.

Kellner, who is a 2004 Olympian and seven-time World Championship Team member, led the U.S. foil team to a fourth-place finish at the Athens Games, the highest result for U.S. men’s foil in 56 years. He was only the second American men’s foil fencer ever to be ranked in the top 16 in the FIE World Rankings and won individual and team gold at the 2003 Pan American Games.

Normile was a member of the 1992 U.S. Olympic Men’s Épée Team, represented Team USA at six World Championships and won silver at the 1991 Pan American Games. On the national level, he is a three-time national champion and claimed back-to-back NCAA titles at Columbia in 1988 and 1989.

A two-time Olympian (1972 and 1976), three-time World Championship Team member and the 1973 USA Fencing National Champion in saber, Apostol was the 1966 NCAA Champion and the 1968 IFA Champion. As a veteran fencer, he won four national championships and won three Veteran World Championships medals, including back-to-back golds in 2007 and 2008.

Stull is one of the few athletes ever to participate in two sports at the same Olympic Games, competing in both fencing and modern pentathlon in 1988. A three-time Olympian in modern pentathlon, Stull won silver in the team event in 1984. He is also a four-time national champion in épée and a seven-time World Championship Team member.

William Reith (Cleveland Heights, Ohio), Jerzy Grzymski (Maywood, N.J.) and Jeff Wolfe (Elkridge, Md.) were all elected as coaches into the 2019 Hall of Fame class.

Reith has coached fencing in the Cleveland area for nearly 40 years and coached Olympians Stephen Trevor (New York, N.Y.) and Normile as well as numerous members of USA Senior World Championship, Junior and Cadet World Championship, and World University Games Teams. He also coached the Shaker Fencing Club to two women's and one men's state championship and produced five NCAA All-Americans as the coach of the Cleveland State Varsity Fencing Team.

Coaching several U.S. teams at the Pan American Games and World Championships, Grzymski’s students have become national champions, World Championship Team members, Pan American Games medalists, Olympians and Inductees into the USA Fencing Hall of Fame. Some of his most accomplished fencers were Olympians Donna Stone (Lincoln Park, N.J.), Lee Shelley and Tamir Bloom (Millburn, N.J.) A 1972 Olympian, Grzymski also coached the Polish Épée Team to a silver medal at the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games.

Wolfe founded the boys and girls fencing teams at Brentwood High School, where he went 388-14. The girl’s team, which was the first varsity program on Long Island, set a N.Y. state record, winning 98 consecutive dual meets. Wolfe was named the first recipient of the NCAA Regional Coach of the Year Award in 1987. He also coached the 1988 Cadet World Championship team and in 2007, the Long Island Coach of the Year Award was named in Wolfe’s honor.

The new Hall of Fame class will be inducted during a ceremony in 2019.

At-Large Director Lorrie Marcil Holmes

Vice Chair of Domestic Assignments and Development Dan Crocket

Vice Chair of International Assignments and Development Kelly Koehler

Vice Chair of Rules and Exams Devin Donnelly

Hall of Fame Class of 2019 Inductee Dan Kellner

Hall of Fame Class of 2019 Inductee Jon Normile

Hall of Fame Class of 2019 Inductee Paul Apostol

Hall of Fame Class of 2019 Inductee Rob Stull

Hall of Fame Class of 2019 Inductee William Reith

Hall of Fame Class of 2019 Inductee Jerzy Grzymski

Hall of Fame Class of 2019 Inductee Jeff Wolfe

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