Fencers School of Connecticut
Coach Matthew Catino has dedicated his life to fencing and has been coaching in the area since 2001. He achieved elite national rankings in the Junior and Senior USA Fencing national point standings, holding an A rating for over a decade. He won a gold medal at the USA Olympic Trials as a member of the Metropolis Men's Foil Team in Austin, TX in 2001.
Coach Matthew is a professional member of USA Fencing and owner of Fencers School of CT. He served as the head coach of the Guilford High School Fencing Team from 2001 - 2007, and was awarded the Guilford Sideliner's Coach of the Year in 2006.
Coach Matthew has developed four fencers from U to A ratings, and his students have gone on to fence for Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Duke University, Johns Hopkins University, New York University, Pennsylvania State University, Sacred Heart University, St. John's University, Tufts University, University of Connecticut, University of North Carolina, Vassar, Wagner College and Yale University.
Matthew lives with his wife and family of three fencers on the Connecticut shoreline, and also coaches at the prestigious 5T Fencers Club in Long Island.
Kathy Hermes is a Veteran fencer currently ranked 8th in the nation in her age group. She particularly enjoys helping our youngest fencers 'get up and running.' Speaking of which, Kathy is an also a competitive marathoner, in addition to keeping her dedicated fencing tournament schedule.
Coach Chris Balestracci has been fencing for over four decades! He was a member of the inaugural Guilford High School Fencing Team and is the father of two, including one GHS Fencing State Champion. He was a member of the NCAA Champion Penn State Nittany Lions. Coach Chris has won numerous national and international medals representing the USA Fencing Team, and is currently ranked 12th in the domestic point standings for USA Fencing. He also serves as the Assistant Coach to the Connecticut State Champion GHS Fencing Team.
Evan Dobbins is an A-rated foil fencer and USA Fencing National medalist. Evan's day job as a software engineer at Sikorsky Aircraft affords him occasional practice time, so look for Coach Evan during Saturday youth classes, All Weapons practice and any vacation days.