Thursday, November 23, 2017

Lifetime AchievementMinimize

Fencing Master Ronald Miller has been the head coach of the University of North Carolina fencing team since 1967. During those years he created a consistently strong inter-collegiate program, while at the same time becoming a leader in the successful efforts to build up the sport of fencing throughout his area. He is now the longest serving coach at the University and his 2016-17 team will deliver to him his 1400th career victory.

He began fencing under Maestro Julio Castello in Florida and got an AA Degree from St.Petersburg College, then a BS in Exercise Science from Florida St. U. in 1966. He followed this with a Masters from Eastern Kentucky in ’67 and a Doctorate in 1974 from UNC. He was certified as a Fencing Master in 1980.

Coach Miller has served as a coach on both Junior & Senior USFA World teams, and also on the 1987 Pan American team. He has had two fencers on U.S. Olympic teams.

He has served as a USFCA Vice-President and as a member of the C & A Board. He has not only been a central figure in coaching circles both nation-wide and in the Southeast Region, but has been a generous mentor to aspiring coaches throughout his career. It is with great pleasure the Coaches’ Association honors his contributions to our sport and our profession.

Merit AwardMinimize

Fencing Master Abdel Salem, Head Fencing Coach at the U.S. Air Force Academy, is being honored not only for his overall career, but for his accomplishments as the President of the USFCA from 2009 to 2015. During that tenure he supervised the completion of the USFCA Coach Training Manual and Certification exams for all four levels of coach accreditation, and established the coaches’ clinic at the Annual General Meeting, which for the first time allowed candidates from across the country to come to a central location to work with experienced Masters and be tested for accreditation. This new approach has reinvigorated our Association and significantly increased our membership.

Coach Salem has been coaching in the U.S. since 1984. He is a 1980 graduate of the University of Alexandria medical school, and was a practicing physician in Egypt while he was a member of their Olympic Squad. He fenced at the 1984 Los Angeles Games representing Egypt, but then remained here and began coaching at the Westside Fencing Center. It was there that he trained the team that would eventually win the USFA National Foil Team Championship. He was Ass’t Fencing Coach at the University of Pennsylvania from 1986 to ’89,  then became the Head Coach at the Lone Star Fencing Academy in Dallas.  For the next 7 years he developed several nationally-ranked fencers before being tapped by the Academy in 1997 to head the USAFA program.

He are recognizing him for his successful career in coaching, of course, but we particularly mean to honor his time as our President.

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