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High School Coach of the Year

USA Fencing is continuing to recognize the exciting growth of high school fencing and the outstanding coaches who lead their teams by selecting a coach who has achieved success leading a high school fencing team.

Nominees must meet the following criteria:

1. Must be a current USA Fencing member.

2. Must be coaching a high school fencing team in the current fencing season. Head Coaches, weapons specific coaches and gender specific coaches are all eligible. (e.g. Head Fencing Coach, Head Foil Coach, Women's Head Coach, etc.)

In addition to team and individual success in the current season, coaches will be evaluated in areas including leadership, motivation, and team development and improvement.

The selected High School Coach of the Year will be awarded a trophy and will be honored at the National Championships and July Challenge.


2016-17: Jeff Salmon, Ward Melville High School (East Setauket, N.Y.)

2017-18: Michael Marx, Concord-Carlisle, High School (Concord, Mass.)

2018-19: Corlis Hicks, Rochester STEM Academy (Rochester, Minn.)

2019-20: Daniel Bailey-Yavonditte, Newark Academy (Jersey City, N.J.)