Jennifer Salmon

Coach Jennie started fencing in high school at Lakeland Regional in Wanaque, NJ where she won numerous individual titles and received multiple all-district and all-state honors and was a double individual gold medalist at the Garden State Games; winning both the junior and open events in the same year. While in high school, she was a multiple national medalist at the Junior Olympics and Summer National Championships. These results garnered her a full athletic scholarship to Temple University where she trained under Nikki Franke, 1976 and 1980 United States Olympic Team Member. She was a starting member of the 1992 NCAA Championship Foil Team and captain from 1992-94. Jennie received All American honors twice during her years at Temple University. She also established new records for most wins in a season and in a career. Jennie became the coach of the Ward Melville High School fencing team in 2000. In her tenure, she won Suffolk County Coach of the Year 9 and honored USA Fencing Long Island HS Coach of the year twice. After 13 undefeated League, County and Long Island Championships seasons and a Long Island record 176 consecutive wins, Jennie retired from coaching at Ward Melville. She continues to train many of Long Islands top high school fencers including: 100+ All County Fencers, 50+ All Long Island Fencers and 25 County Champions Jennieís students in both epee and foil at Mission have won multiple divisional and regional championships, have earned national rankings at all levels from youth to Division 1 and have been National medalists and Champions. She has coached members of the US Cadet National team in foil and epee and at the Cadet World Foil Championships. Her students are consistently recruited to fence at prestigious Universities including Penn State, Tufts, MIT, Cornell, Temple, Brown, UCSD, Sacred Heart, Johns Hopkins, Notre Dame, Vassar, Brandies, Boston College, UNC, Stanford and Princeton. Among them are All Americans and NCAA Team Championship winners. In addition to her coaching, Jennie is certified in the areas of Early Childhood, Elementary and Special Education. She has her Masters Degree in Literacy. She was the Chair of the USA Fencing Youth Development Committee from 2012-2016 and has served on many volunteer committees in service of USA Fencing. She is also Vice Chair of the Long Island Division.

Jeffrey Salmon

Coach Jeff started fencing at Comsewogue High School in Long Island where he was a County Champion and Empire State Games Gold medalist. He went on to win a scholarship to Penn State University where he trained under Emmanuil Kaidanov, five time U.S. National Team Coach and Wes Glon, Olympic and World Championship Coach. Jeff placed in the top 12 as an individual in the NCAA Championships and was one of two sabre fencers chosen for NCAA training at German Olympic Center in 1987 Jeff was an Assistant coach for the Penn State Fencing Team during Two National Championship seasons. He brought his expertise to Ward Melville High School by starting a Fencing Club in 1995. In 1999, by popular demand, the club became a varsity team. As coach, Jeff went on to win Suffolk County Coach of the Year honors 7 times as well as USFA Long Island HS Coach of the year 3 times. His athletes are consistently among the top on Long Island and his team has won 13 County, League and Long Island titles. He founded Mission Fencing Center in 2001 where he has coached students to many honors including Divisional and regional Champions, national rankings, National Champions and National team status. He has coached as part of Team USA at World Championships. He has prepared many students to fence at prestigious Universities including Penn State, MIT, Stanford, Notre Dame, University of Pennsylvania, Columbia, Stanford and Harvard. His students have had success collegiately, nationally and internationally, earning All American and World Team status Jeff also has extensive experience as a Fencing Official. He is a Nationally Rated Official in all three weapons and an Internationally Rated Official for Sabre, refereeing in numerous World Cups and World Championships. He served on the Board of Directors of USA Fencing for 6 years and is currently the Vice President.

Brian Sirlin

Coach Brian fenced foil at Brandeis under Coach Bill Shipman. While at Brandeis, he qualified for the NCAA Championships three times. He was Empire State Games Foil Champion twice. In high school he was a student of Coach Jeff and since joining the coaching staff at Mission he has developed successful students at the local, regional and national level, including All County, All Long Island, County Champions and National Medalists. In addition to being an accomplished fencer and coach, Brian is also a nationally rated Director. You will often see him directing bouts and meets for the Long Island Division and the Suffolk and Nassau County high school teams.

Tommy Gerrity

Coach Tommy has been fencing for 14 years. He is a product of the Mission Fencing Sabre Program having trained under Coaches Jeff & Jennie Salmon. Tommy attended Saint Anthonyís High School where he was the Co-Founder and President of the SAHS Fencing Club. Tommy was recruited to Sacred Heart University on a fencing scholarship where he fenced for 4 years. After receiving his bachelorís degree in Exercise Science, Tommy brings a knowledge of biomechanics, strength & conditioning, and sports performance to Mission and its athletes. During his tenure at Sacred Heart, Tommy lead the Pioneers as a 3-year Captain, winning 4 consecutive North East Conference Team Titles, and was a 3-time All-Conference selection. While representing Mission Fencing, Tommy competed at USFA Nationals, Junior Olympics, North American Cups, was a Cadet National point-holder, and a 2-time National Champion (2009 & 2010). In addition to coaching, he is also a nationally rated referee and you will often see him refereeing at Mission as well as Suffolk and Nassau high school teams. Coach Tommy is also active in the Three Village Community as a First Responder-Firefighter/EMT of the Setauket Fire Department.

Dorian Cohen

Coach Dorian is an NCAA All American, a National Team member, and a National Champion!

In Remembrance - Jeff Wolfe

The Staff at Mission Fencing greatly mourns the passing of our greatest mentor, Jeff Wolfe. His knowledge, advice, and fellowship will be greatly missed.

Jeff Wolfe, a longtime coach at Brentwood High School and fenced at New York University. After graduating he became a teacher at Brentwood where he began both a Boys Team and a Girls Team. The Girls Team was the first girls' varsity program on Long Island.

During his tenure (1971-1998) members of his team were Junior Olympic finalists 10 times. A number of his fencers went on to represent the United States at the Cadet World Championships, Junior World Championships, Junior Pan Am Championships, Senior World Championships and World University Games. Countless numbers have been medalists at North Atlantic Sectional Championships.

In 1987 he was the first recipient of the NFCAA Regional Coach of the Year Award. In 1988 he became the first high school coach to be appointed as cadre for an international team, when he was named to coach the US Cadet Team at the Continental Cadet Championships and the World Cadet Championships.
His record at Brentwood is no less outstanding. The Girls' Team enjoyed 18 undefeated seasons, 19 League Championships, and 18 Sectional Championships. His W-L record was 388-14. The team also set a New York State record winning 98 consecutive dual meets.

He continued to coach as an assistant at Ward Melville HS.

In 2006 the Long Island Division of the USFA announced that beginning in 2007 it would give a "High School Coach of the Year Award" as the "Jeff Wolfe Coach of the Year Award".

In 2006 he was also nominated for election into the USFA Hall of Fame and is currently a nominee for the Suffolk County Sports Hall of Fame as well. We are very proud to have him as a member of our coaching staff. Photo at left from 1968. For more information about Coach Wolfe and his landmark career, please visit this site.

Guest Coaches

Pete Freiss
Coach Pete Freiss has been fencing for 8 years. Prior to becoming a full-time coach here, he was frequently seen helping with some of our camps, team events, and classes. Coach Pete fenced for Sacred Heart University, Mission Fencing Center, and Ward Melville High School. In addition to being a Captain of the Ward Melville team, he was Brentwood Holiday Tournament Menís Sabre Champion in 2009 and Suffolk County Menís Sabre Champion 2009 and 2010. He competed at the Empire State Games, winning a team gold medal. He was recruited for Sacred Heart and fenced there with a Scholarship for fencing, making it to NCAA Regionals twice during his tenure. Coach Pete has been a national points holder, and competed at USFA Summer Nationals, NACs, and Junior Olympic Championships representing Mission Fencing Center. In addition to training domestically, Coach Pete has also trained in Lívov, Ukraine.

Attila Lukacs
Atilla was born in Budapest, Hungary. He started fencing at the age of 9 and competing at 12. He is a multiple Hungarian National Champion. In International competitions, he took 9th at the Cadet World Championships, 3rd at the Junior European Championships and has won many Junior World Cup medals. He has been mentored and coached by Kornell Udvarhelyi, the Junior National Team coach in Hungary and the National Women’s Epee Coach in the United States. He has also been coached by Gabor Udvarhelyi, a coach of multiple European, World and
Olympic Champions.

Michael Corona
Coach Corona has been a force in Long Island High School Fencing for many years. He is the Boys Varsity Fencing Coach at Brentwood High School. He has coached many County, Long Island and Regional Champions. He also led his team, in 2007, to an Undefeated Season where they captured not only the Long Island Championship, but the only County Championship for Brentwood High School Boys Fencing in it’s over 40 year history.

Coach Corona learned to fence at Centereach High School and went on to become a 3 time fencing All–American for Penn State University.

Luther Clement
Luther Clement has been among United State Fencings’ Sabre Elite for over a decade. He has been a member of numerous National and International teams and won medals all over the World. He is currently ranked 2nd in the USA for Senior Men’s Sabre and is in training as he represents the United States in International Competition.

We are thrilled that Coach Luther can take time out of his busy competitive schedule to work with the athletes at Mission.

Kevin Nadeau
Coach Kevin Nadeau has been fencing for 11 years and is an A-rated foil and epee fencer. He started fencing in Austin, TX and went on to compete for the University of North Carolina in foil. He qualified for NCAA championships twice and graduated in 2012 with degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science. Mission is very thankful to have Coach Kevin here during the high school season.

Ivan Lee
2004 Olympian and 5 time US Division I National Champion, Ivan Lee works with Mission’s competitive Sabre fencers. His Elite Level National and International experience is an invaluable resource in preparing our competitive fencers for all levels of competition.

Buckie Leach
Buckie is an internationally renowned foil coach. Heís coached countless National Champions at all levels, National Team Members and multiple members of the United States Olympic Foil Team.

Kornel Udvarhelyi
Kornel is the US & Hungarian National Team Coach, Kornel has coached Cadet and Junior World Champions.

Alexander Panteleev
Coach Panteleev is the Junior Womens Sabre Team Coach for Russia.


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