We boast a top-notch 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
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 4 full seasons, he has led the Drew Rangers to an astounding 230+ dual meet victories (among the top Division III Programs in the USA).
Coach Paragano was recently selected by his peers as “2019 FENCING COACH OF THE YEAR” by the Middle Atlantic Collegiate Fencing Association (“MACFA”). He was previously honored as the “2018 FENCING COACH OF THE YEAR” by MACFA and 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.
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.
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.
Assistant Coach, Drew University
Kevin Cho, a fencer for 19 years, joined Vincent Paragano's Drew Rangers coaching staff for the 2016-17, 2017-2018, and 2018-2019 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.