COACHES

Coach Ray started fencing in 1983 at the University of Texas in Austin. In 1985 Vincent Bradford (two time Olympian) came to UT and we founded TFA in 1989 after graduation. As coach Ray trained at both the USFCA (United States Fencing Coaches Association) where he was Vice President for 6 years as well as the United States Fencing Coaches College at the Olympic training center in Colorado Springs. Across the years Ray is proud to have trained fencers who have gone on to fence at NCAA programs across the nation (Stanford, Columbia, University of North Carolina, Duke, Temple, Penn State, Wesleyan and the Air Force Academy) in all 3 weapons including many who have made the All-American team.

 

 Coach Wes started fencing at Texas State University (then Southwest Texas State University) in 2000. First as a hobby then as a true sport. He started as a three weapon fencer to get as much competition in as possible. Through his time in school he ran not only the club for a time, he also was the chair of the Texas inter-collegiate league (SWIFA). After an 8 year hiatus after college he returned first to competition and then became certified as a coach. He currently coaches many regional and national level fencers in both epee and saber.

Coach Michael Maguire began his coaching career in 1976 and since has coached National foil and épée in England, before coming to the USA in 2000.  Michael is considered a true Master fencer since he has mastered all three fencing weapons.

Tommi Hurme has 20+ years of competitive epee fencing experience including 4 years training in Budapest, Hungary alongside the Hungarian National Team. He is trained and coaches in the Hungarian fencing tradition and has worked under Dr. Paul Pesthy, Dr. Aladar Kogler, and Ivan Kovacs. He brings his experience from competing at the local, national, collegiate and international levels to help students gain an advantage in competitive epee fencing. His fencing achievements include Junior National Team member in 2004, Junior National Champion in 2003, Princeton Varsity Fencing Team Captain in 2007 and 2008, Div 1 Nationals top 8 finisher in 2007, 8th place finish at NCAA Championships 2008, Paris World Cup top 32 finisher in 2009, 1st place Kupittaa Satellite World Cup Turku, Finland in 2011, and 1st place Men’s Epee Team Nationals 2008 and 2010.

Coach Santiago Calderon is our resident mental strength and fitness coach. Since starting with fencing 4 years ago, he has had a great impact on our fencers. Santiago is a lifelong athlete, and considers himself “professionally obsessed with sports”. He has a Master’s degree in sport and exercise psychology and is also a certified personal trainer.

With his experience in sport psychology, injury rehabilitation and fitness, he provides a holistic approach to training. He is the founder and owner of Camuwave Performance in Austin.  www.camuwave.com