Coach Mark started fencing at Michigan State University in 1975 and earned 3 varsity letters. He was a Big Ten medalist, NCAA finalist and competed at all levels from local tournaments, to representing the US in international competition as a member of the US Military Fencing Team (Air Force-retired 2006).
Coach Mark has studied under 2 fencing masters and is the owner and head coach of Eagle Fencing Academy. Previously he was the head coach of another club and an assistant coach at 7 fencing clubs across the United States. He is a life member of the United States Fencing Coaches Association (USFCA) and is USFCA certified to teach all three weapons.
He has trained fencers of all levels, from beginner level fencers to national and international acclaimed competitors. He has been the coach for several divisional champions as well as national champions in both foil and epee.
National Champions in both foil and epee
Numerous fencers in the Junior Olympics and National Championships
Multiple Divisional Champions in all three weapons
Numerous fencers to achieve national rankings
College and NCAA fencing scholarship recipients
International fencers from four countries (Australia, France, Hungary, Singapore)
40+ years of fencing experience
Team Captain - Michigan State University
Big Ten Medalist
Divisional Champion in Foil & Epee
Regional finalist in foil
Division II Epee - top 16.
USA Representative in both Foil and Saber at the 1995 World Military Games in Rome, Italy
25+ years coaching experience at all levels (local to international)
Awarded Moniteur d’ Armes from the Academie d’Armes Internationale (the International Academy of Arms) the world organization of national fencing coaches associations
United States Fencing Coaches Association certified: Foil, Epee and Saber
On the National Coaches Registry for the American Sports Education Program
Privately studied under 2 internationally accredited Fencing Masters
Professional Member of USA Fencing; SafeSport certified
Member of the National Association of Sports Officials