We are proud of our knowledgeable and effective Coaching Staff, including current and former NCAA athletes and College-level Fencing Coaches.
Learn more about each of the coaches below.
Vince Paragano, Camp Director
Head Coach, Drew University
Drew Rangers Head Fencing Coach Vince Paragano is a certified
NCAA / USA Fencing 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 (among the top Division III Programs in the USA).
This year, Paragano was selected as "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 leading the Drew Rangers, Coach Paragano was one of the founders
(and Head Coach) of the Bernards High School fencing program and the
Governor Livingston High School (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. Paragano 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 programs amassed 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 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
2018 PAN AMERICAN VETERANS CHAMPIONSHIPS (El Salvador),
2017 PAN AMERICAN VETERANS CHAMPIONSHIPS (St.Thomas, VI),
2017 SGA NATIONAL VETERANS FENCING CHAMPIONSHIP 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.
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. Prior to Drew, Cho served as the Head Coach at Mendham High School. Cho previously served as the Head Coach at the Moorestown Friends School in 2010-11, as well as Assistant Coach at Gill St. Bernard's and Mendham High School.
As a private 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.
Assistant Coach, Drew University
Brendan McNelis has over a decade of experience as an epee competitor and coach. He began as a sophomore at Governor Livingston High School, and has loved the sport ever since. Within a year of first stepping onto a fencing piste, he qualified for and competed in the Junior Olympics in Charlotte, NC. He has been a regular competitor in several Summer National Championships.
While attending Marquette University, McNelis continued to instruct and inspire fencers at Governor Livingston HS as a volunteer Epee Coach. Upon receiving his degree from Marquette, McNelis served as Assistant Head Coach for his alma mater, Governor Livingston High School. In coming to Drew University, McNelis is reunited with Head Coach Vincent Paragano, his former high school coach and mentor at Governor Livingston HS.
Coach McNelis has made competing, coaching and directing fencing his passion. When he is not on the Drew campus, he can be found honing his competitive epee skills at several area clubs or teaching private students. McNelis is excited about his new coaching opportunity and welcomes the opportunity to assist every Drew Ranger Fencer in reaching his or her potential.