FC Hall of Fame Inductees
Congratulations to our community members who will be inducted into the USA Fencing Hall of Fame in 2015: Coach Simon Gershon and Robert Cottingham (PWF/FC). From the USA Fencing announcement:
Formerly a coach of both the Ukrainian men’s and women’s foil squads and the Soviet Union Women’s Foil Team who won gold at the 1986 Senior Worlds, Simon Gershon (Brooklyn, N.Y.) came to the United in 1993 and was the head coach of the U.S. Men’s Foil Team from 1996-2009. Gershon has coached athletes to berths on six U.S. Olympic Teams, including 2012 Olympian Miles Chamley-Watson (New York City, N.Y.) who became the first U.S. man ever to win an individual title at the Senior Worlds in 2013. Gershon’s other top students have included 2012 Olympian Nicole Ross (New York City, N.Y.); 2004 Olympians Dan Kellner (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Jed Dupree (New York City, N.Y.) and Jonathan Tiomkin (Merrick, N.Y.); and 1996 Olympian Peter Divine (New York City, N.Y.)
Robert Cottingham (Orange, N.J.) won six U.S. National Championship titles in saber between 1986 and 1992. A silver medalist in the team event at the 1987 Pan American Games, Cottingham also had an outstanding collegiate career where his record was 108-11 while fencing for Columbia and won both individual and team NCAA titles in 1988.
See the full text of the USA Fencing announcement HERE.