We are the 1st club in Georgia to be recognized by the United States Fencing Coaches Association as a Guild Academy Club. This designation identifies clubs that demonstrate the gold standard of coaching. Guild Academy Clubs:
The USFCA Guild Academy program offers the fencing community the assurance that the quality of professional coaching is central to our organizational mission.
Kathy Vail, Head Coach and owner of Dunwoody Fencing Club, is a professional epee coach certified by the United States Fencing Coaches Association and USA Fencing. Coach Vail completed her training at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. She serves as USA Fencing's Regional Coordinator for the Southeastern US. She is past Chairman of the USA Fencing Scholastic/Collegiate Task Force and a member of USA Fencing's Club Member Services Committee. Coach Vail has been named to the United States Fencing Coaches Association Professional Development Committee. She is also an NFHS accredited interscholastic coach and a professional member of the United States Center for Coaching Excellence. Coach Vail is the co-founder and current Vice-Chairman of the Georgia High School Fencing League. She is a past Chairman of the Georgia Division of USA Fencing, was nominated for Developmental Coach of the Year in 2011 and named a USA Fencing Spirit of Sport Champion in 2018. In 2019, Coach Vail was honored to receive USA Fencing's Outstanding Service Award in Youth Fencing. Fencers trained by Coach Vail have won national championships and earned medals in local, regional, national and international competition. She has also trained fencers who have earned college scholarships and who compete in NCAA Division I programs
John Stephens is a member of USA Fencing and certified by the United States Fencing Coaching Association. He currently coaches the Campbell High School and Pope High School fencing teams. Coach Stephens has served as fencing instructor for the 2013 Summer Institute of the Gifted program and the 2012 Georgia State fencing program. He has also coached the Fellowship Christian School, Walton High School and Alpharetta High School fencing teams and is an experienced armorer.
Chad Morris is a member of USA Fencing and certified by the United States Fencing Coaches Association. He currently teaches at Pinecrest Academy and coaches the Pinecrest Academy fencing team. Coach Morris competes in regional and national competitions and is a USA Fencing certified referee who referees at the national level.
Jacob Wachtel is a member of USA Fencing and certified by the United States Fencing Coaching Association. Coach Wachtel won USA Fencing's 2013 Connor Porter Memorial Scholarship and was team captain for Pope High School. He is a USA Fencing certified referee who referees at the regional level. He has coached the Milton High School fencing team and is currently an educator at Marietta High School
Brent Nieman is a member of USA Fencing and has fenced in Georgia since 1985. He is the former owner and coach of Decatur Blades. He has led fencing camp at the Decatur Recreation Center and taught fencing courses at Georgia State University, Emory Community Education and the Cliff Valley School. Coach Nieman is a retired public educator having taught elementary school for over 30 years
Jimmy Wallace has been fencing at Dunwoody Fencing Club since he was 9. He earned his coaching certification from USFCA in Spring 2020. He earned All-Academic and All-American all four years in high school as well as being a 2017 Spirit of Sport award winner. He is currently studying computer science at Virginia Tech. Whenever he is back home for breaks and over the summer he coaches at DFC. He is also the President of the Virginia Tech Fencing Club.
Richard Shaw is a founding member of Dunwoody Fencing Club. He holds the coaching record for most Championship wins in the GHSFL. Coach Shaw has competed in local, regional and national competitions and is a four- time Georgia State Champion in the Veterans Division.
Matthew Cole is a graduate of Washington University and the University of Denver. He is a member of USA Fencing and certified by the USFCA. Coach Cole is a USA Fencing certified referee who referees at the national level. He is a past Chief of Referees for the Georgia High School Fencing League and has served on the GHSFL Board of Directors. Coach Cole currently resides in Colorado