Our Partner School Coaches are competitive athletes and FC Scholars. They include Olympians, World and National Champions, NCAA Champions and elite athletes. Our Partner Schools program gives our School Coaches the opportunity to share their passion with young students who will benefit from their inspiration, motivation and discipline. Please see their short biographies below.
SCHOOL COACHES’ BIOS
Ben Bratton is currently one of the most successful epee fencers from the United States. Originally from Queens, New York, Ben graduated from the Dwight School in New York City and St. John’s University. Ben is a three-time fencing All-American and three-time national champion and was the winner of the gold medal at the 2012 Team World Fencing Championships. The victory is a first in the history of United States fencing. Ben has extensive coaching experience with the Fencers Club Schools Partnership Program and also coaches for the Peter Westbrook Foundation.
Holly Buechel began fencing in high school and continued to pursue the sport at UPenn where she was a two-time All-American and, as a freshman, led her team to the Ivy League Championship. After graduating, Holly finished in the top-8 of several Division 1 North American Cups and was on the National Championship Epee Team in 2010. She was on the Silver medal winning team of the 2011 World University Games in Shenzhen, China. When not training, Holly is pursuing an award-winning career as a producer and filmmaker.
Luther Clement started to fence when he was five years old. He is one of the best men’s sabre fencers in the United States. Luther has been on the US National Team several times. Luther won a bronze medal at the Junior World Championships, earned All-American honors, and was named East Coast Athletic Scholar of the Year. He began his coaching career as assistant coach to the head fencing coach of the University of Pennsylvania. Currently, Luther is coaching in the FC Schools Partnership Program, attending classes at NYU, and is running his own media company.
Emily has won three World Championships and a team silver medal in women’s foil at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. Emily fenced at Harvard University, where she became the first Harvard female to win the NCAA Championship.
Joanna was born in Poland and raised in Toronto, Canada. She started fencing when she was 15 years old and attended St. John’s University, during which time she was Team Manager and named All-American for four consecutive years. She has earned two bronze medals at Junior World Cups and has also placed in the top 16 at Senior World Cups.
Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, Adam is a graduate of St. John’s University. Adam fenced all four years during his tenure and was named All-American in 2006. Adam placed third at the 2010 National Championships and won a team gold medal at the 2009 National Championships. In addition, Adam has had a number of international successes, including his silver medal team finish at the 2010 World Cup in Tallin, Estonia. He has been a coach and a mentor at many fencing programs in New York City area.
Nicole Ross started to fence at the age of nine. Most recently she was a member of the US Olympic Team at the 2012 London Games. She was also a member of the 2009 Junior World Championship gold medal team and won the 2010 NCAA championship while attending Columbia University. Nicole has worked with young fencers, often assisting her coaches with their beginner classes as well as after school programs.
Originally from Arizona, Natalie Vie is one of the top female epee fencers in the country. She was an alternate for the 2012 London Olympic Games and has several medal-winning finishes to her name. She is a graduate of Arizona State University, during which time she was the two-time NCAA national champion. She is currently coaching with the Fencers Club Schools Partnership Program while training for the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
Kornel Udvarhelyi, Head Schools Coach
Coach Udvarhelyi earned his Maestro’s degree with high honors and became the Hungarian National Junior Epee Coach, during which time his top student won the Cadet World Championship, Junior World Cup, and earned a Silver Medal at the Junior World Championships. His American students have had similar success at the Cadet and Junior World Championships, as well as U.S. National and NCAA Championships. In addition to coaching at the Fencers Club, he also coaches at New York University.