We boast a World-Class Coaching Staff, including current and former NCAA athletes, World Cup competitors, and College-level Fencing Coaches.
In addition, the ratio of campers-to-coaches is extremely low. Unlike almost every other camp in the country, each fencer receives individual lessons from a staff coach in addition to daily weapon-specific and general group instruction.
Learn more about each of the coaches below.
Vince Paragano, Camp Director
Head Coach, Drew University
Camp Director and Fencing Coach Vince Paragano (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a fully certified USA Fencing./NCAA Professional Fencing Coach. Paragano is the men’s and women’s Head Fencing Coach at Drew University (NCAA Division III), taking over the reins of the program midway through the 2014-2015 college season. Over the past 3 full seasons, he has led the Drew Rangers to an astounding 125+ dual meet victories. This year, he was named "2018 FENCING COACH OF THE YEAR" by the
Middle Atlantic Collegiate Fencing Association. He was previously honored as the "2016 FENCING COACH OF THE YEAR" by the Eastern Women’s Fencing Conference (NCAA Division III).
Before taking over the helm of the Drew Rangers, Coach Paragano was one of the founders (and Head Coach) of the Bernards High School fencing program and one of the founders (and Head Coach) of the Gov. Livingston HS (Berkeley Heights, NJ) fencing program.
As a High School Head Coach, Paragano was named "NEW JERSEY HIGH SCHOOL
FENCING COACH OF THE YEAR" three times by the New Jersey Interscholastic Fencing Association and was honored as "HIGH SCHOOL FENCING COACH OF THE YEAR" in 2009 by the Newark Star Ledger. He is also the only Head Coach in New Jersey High School fencing history to lead two different teams to the prestigious Santelli Team Championship.
Paragano’s high school teams combined for an outstanding 290-23 record over 15 years and won the 2009 NJSIAA State Team Championship, 2 Santelli Team Championships, 6 State Squad Championships And 8 District Championships. His teams also produced more than 80 future collegiate NCAA-level fencers, including 2 future All-Americans and 1 USA Fencing national champion. Paragano and his 2013-2014 bernards high school team were recently featured in the full-length documentary film, “Fencing For The Edge” (www.fencingfortheedge.com).
Paragano is also an experienced national and international-level competitor. Most recently, he brought home gold medals in veterans saber at the 2017 Pan-American Veterans Championships (St.Thomas, VI), 2017 SGA National Championships and 2016 Pan-American Veterans Championships (Ponce, PR) and a Bronze Medal at the 2015 Pan-American Veterans Championships (Lima, Peru). He is also a 3-time winner of the New Jersey Veterans Cup in saber.
Paragano lives in Bernardsville, New Jersey with Kathryn, his wife of 38 years. The couple has 3 adult children.
USFCA Master of Arms
Assistant Coach, Lafayette College
Dayn has been coaching fencing for over 20 years. He currently serves as the Assistant Coach at Lafayette College, instructing and coaching in all 3 weapons, and specializing in saber and epee.
From 1995–2015, he served as the Drew University Head Fencing Coach where he was responsible for instruction, coaching, recruitment and selection, physical training, conduct of Home meets, travel, competition at away meets, equipment inventory and repair, selecting award (i.e., Letter) winners, for all men and women fencers, in all three weapons (saber, foil, and epee).
Selected relevant achievements include:
- Founded Drew U. Women's Varsity team, 1997
- 16-year record of successful men’s team seasons
- Organized and hosted the 1st and 2nd NCAA Women’s & Minorities Coaching Clinic
- Organized and hosted the largest NE Regional Coaches’ Clinics in USFCA History
- Organized the 2009 USFCA National Annual Conference and Clinic
- Presented a saber coaching clinic to NJIFA (High School) Coaches in 2011
- Co-Presenter for an epee clinic for NYC High School Fencing Coaches in 2009
- Continuous record of saber, foil, and epee individual, squad, and 3-weapon Team MACFA and NIWFA medal and trophy placements
- 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Drew U. 3-Weapon Overall MACFA Championships
- 16 Years of 10+ NCAA Regional qualifiers
His other accomplishments and credentials include:
- Certified; Prevot D'Armes (3-Weapon Senior Instructor), US Fencing Coaches Assoc./ Academie D'Armes Internationale
- Past V.P.; United States Fencing Coaches Association (NorthEast)
- Executive Committee Member; Middle Atlantic Collegiate Fencing Assoc.
Assistant Coach, Drew University
Kevin Cho, a fencer for 19 years, joined Vincent Paragano's Drew Rangers coaching staff for the 2016-17 and 2017-2018 seasons. Cho has helped the Drew Rangers Men’s and Women’s teams re-emerge to East Coast NCAA Division III prominence. Cho boasts significant experience both fencing and coaching the sport.
He has won seven national medals from the ages of 12 to 19, and has maintained an "A" rating in foil since 2003. Most recently, Cho qualified for two NCAA Regional Championships fencing for Rutgers University.
On the coaching side, Cho served as the head foil coach at the Fencing Academy of South Jersey from 2009-14. Cho's previous stop prior to Drew was as head coach at Mendham High School. He also held the head job at Moorestown Friends School in 2010-11, as well as assistant jobs at Gill St. Bernard's and Mendham High School.
As a coach, Cho has produced several local, national, and international medalists. He has guided two state champions in women's foil as well as several top-eight finishers in the New Jersey individual high school state tournament.
Also as a coach, Cho represented the United States at the 2013 Cadet/Junior World Championships in Porec, Croatia.
Coach, Infinity Fencing Alliance (South Jersey)
Coach, Hillside Cavaliers (Washington)
Wang Yung holds Maitre de Saber Coaching Certification from the US Fencing Coaches Association and the Académie d'Armes Internationale.
Maitre Yung’s students have won have local, national and international championships. He has trained cadet, Junior, Senior and Veteran fencers who competed in World Cups, World Championship, and Olympic Games. Fencers he has trained have represented Taiwan, Japan, Egypt and the US. He joined Haverford College in the 2014 as assistant coach for saber. The Haverford College Sabre Squad won the Mid Atlantic Conference Fencing Association (MACFA) Championships in 2017 and placed second in 2018 (on indicators). The Haverford men and women saber fencers also won individual conference medals.
Maitre Yung has an outstanding coaching record in Veteran Fencing. His two students have won 14 golds, 6 silvers and 1 bronze medals for the US at the World Championships over the past nine years. Yung also coached US Veteran WS Team to three golds and one silver medals over the last four World Championships.
Maitre Yung has been competing continuously since 1969. As a senior “A” fencer, he was nationally ranked in the top 20 for over ten years. Over his competitive career he has won division, section, national and world championships. He has represented the US over twenty times and was a member of fourteen US Veteran World Teams. His medal results at the world championships include: Individual and Team golds Individual silver and three individual bronze medals. In 2017 Yung won the Category C individual saber event in Asian Veterans Championship representing Hong Kong and was a member of the Hong Kong Gold medal saber team.
Co-Head Coach, Morris Hill High School
Co-Founder, Forte Fencing Foundation
With over 35 years of fencing experience, she has the unique distinction of being a national-level fencer, coach, referee, and bout committee member. After retiring from World Cup competition, Coach Lisa earned top officiating classifications in all three weapons. She is an international referee (in all three weapons), supervises and mentors young referees in all three weapons.
Coach Lisa is a certified Prevôt d’Epée and Moniteur d’Armes from the USFCA. Coach Lisa has a Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology, from University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, which she uses to assist fencers in understanding healthy nutrition and hydration in both training and competition, proper training methods, and safe cross-training.
Her Morris Hills High School program has achieved successes such as NJAC Conference Champions, Morris County Team Champions, and Morris County Individual Champions in all 3 disciplines.
Assistant Coach (Saber), Temple University
Josh Herring was hired as an assistant coach for Temple fencing in August 2015, after serving two seasons as a volunteer assistant coach for the program.
In 2017–18, Herring's saber program went 33-5 on the season. In 2016–17, he led the saber squad to a program-best 35 wins (35-8 overall) and also set a record with 17 consecutive victories, in 2015–16 the squad had a 24-14 record, and in 2013–14 the squad set a record with 13 shutouts while going 28-8 overall.
Herring has coached five student-athletes who earned NCAA Championship berths, with Tiki Kastor earning All-America honors in 2014. Petra Khan advanced to the national meet in 2015–16, as a freshman, Kerry Plunkett earned a spot in 2016–17 and Kerry Plunkett returned along with fellow sophomore Malia Hee in 2017–2018.
Herring spent several years as a coach and administrator for the Wallingford Swarthmore Panther Fencing Club in Media, PA. While at Panthers he coached multiple fencers on the national points list who have gone on to fencer for Top NCAA Division 1 programs. Herring has been a certified referee by the United States Fencing Association (USFA) since 2010. Herring was also an assistant coach of the Millersville University Fencing Club from 2007-2011, while he was an undergraduate student at Millersville. He earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from Millersville in May, 2011. Herring has achieved Saber Level 2, Epee Level 2 and Armorer Level 3 certifications from the USFA Coaches College.
Head Coach, Riverside Fencing Club
Head coach Taro Yamashita has a passion for teaching and coaching fencing. Understanding that the ideas given to a beginner are the foundations upon which champions are built, Taro is actively engaged in teaching all students at all levels of their development.
The teams and individuals Taro has worked with have achieved wonderful successes, from simply having a great time fencing to earning medals in local, regional, national, and international competitions.
Coach Yamashita competed for Brown University in both foil and epee from 1990-1994. A team captain from 1992 to 1994, he was the first ever Northeast Fencing Conference Individual Epee Champion in 1994 and helped lead the Brown men's team to win the New England Intercollegiate Fencing Conference team championship in 1993 and 1994.
In his post-college fencing career, Taro was ranked as high as #34 in the USA and #302 in the world in men's epee (2001).
Taro has coaching certifications from both the US Fencing Association, and the US Fencing Coaches Association.
Taro has coached at the University of Massachusetts (Amherst), Brandeis University, MIT, Brown University, and Mt. Holyoke College. "Mr. Yamashita" also taught 9th grade science at the Westfield (MA) high school.
Found and Head Coach, Pioneer Valley Fencing Academy
Paul Sise has been coaching for over twenty years. He is the founder and head coach of Pioneer Valley Fencing Academy in western Massachusetts. His students have won medals at numerous National events and last season a gold at the Pan American Games. He has sent dozens of fencers off to good colleges including Ivy League schools and fencing powerhouses.
Paul has ties to both high school and college fencing. He was an epeeist for the Lawrence University fencing team for four years, where he was a captain and Most Valuable Fencer his senior year. Later while in graduate school, he coached the UMass Amherst fencing club and trained the first ever Collegiate Club National Champion in women's epee. Paul also coached the Northampton High School fencing team in the late 90’s, spent nearly a decade coaching and working with students with learning disabilities at the Eagle Hill School, and has recently returned to the Northampton High team as a volunteer coach.
Sise is a certified Fencing Master with the US Fencing Coaches Association and A.A.I. He is also the Chairman of the USFCA's Certification and Accreditation Board and has taught coaching clinics for many years. He is the author of two fencing books.
This is Paul's fourth year with the Drew Rangers fencing camp.