Brandeis Univeristy

Fencing School Name:


NCAA Team:

Mens, Womens

NCAA Division:

Division 3

Head Coach:

Bill Shipman

Épée Coach:

Arpad Horvath, asst.

Foil Coach:

Shuang Meng, asst.

Saber Coach:


Al Merritt, arorer

Department Email:

Phone Number:

7817261291 or 781 736 3650

Department Address:

Gosman Sports Center MS 07Brandeis U.415 South St. Waltham, MA 02454

Men's Fencing Dept Website:

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Women's Fencing Dept Website:

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School Info:

Brandeis is a selective, academically challenging liberal arts university of 3450 undergraduates located ten miles west of Boston in Watham, MA. Though small, it is rated in the top 32 or so of the US News ranking among major universities. Major attributes are the quality of the faculty and success of alumni. Brandeis offers a large variety of majors, but few professional schools. The curriculum is varied, band major study in more than one area is common. Many of our students go on to graduate, law and medical school, where our admission rates are high. Brandeis is expensive, but about half of our students receive need-based or merit based financial aid.

Team Info:

We promote a team atmosphere and seek fencers who will practice hard to improve themselves and their teammates. We feel individual results come from a team effort, which gives an enjoyable experience. Our fencers come from various backgrounds and experience. Most of our fencers are at the C-B level, though there are exceptions in both directions. Our team size is usually about 13-16 women and 15-18 men. Our mens team are the current Champions of the Northeast Fencing Conference, which includes MIT, Vassar, Boston College, Sacred Heart and Tufts, among others. We were undefeated in ten Conference meets. Also, along with our women we won the New England Chps. overall title as the men finished one bout out of a tie for first. Our women, though hit hard by graduation in '16, did well, taking fourth in the conference. We improved as the year went along, with good wins over Stevens, MIT, Vassar, Haverford, UIW and Tufts. The season ended on a strong note as we won the womens and combined New England Championships, along with an individual gold and silver. Fencing is one of our oldest and more successful sports at Brandeis. We are supported well, with more travel, coaching, and better fencing facilities than most of our D3 brethren.

Training Info:

We practice four days a week, plus a conditioning session or two. Practices are two hours and include footwork conditioning, technical drills, tactical exercises and bouting. There are some individual lessons in practice time, and more available outside of practice. Practice days of the week vary by weapon. Time is usually between 330 and 700, and some mornings, depending on assistant coach schedule.






Fencing Scholarships Available:


Currently Recruiting:


Walk Ons Accepted?:


Tournaments Attending:

Oct. NAC - tbd
Nov. NAC - tbd
dec. NAC . - likely
Jan. NAC- likely
Dec. ROC NJ- tbd
Jr. Olympics- very likely
Feb. NAC - unlikely
March NAC - unlikely
March Boston ROC- likely
April Mission ROC- likely


Season Schedule:

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Team Positions Available


Type: Female


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