MEET OUR COACHES

ALL OF OUR COACHES ARE CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL COACHES WITH USA FENCING

Jim Roberts

Director - Head Foil Coach

Academy Director Jim Roberts has been involved with fencing for over 15 years. He was a three-time state champion at North Haven High School before moving on to fence Division 1 at Sacred Heart University. In college he captained the men's team for three years and lead the Pioneers to back-to-back NFC Championships in 2010 and 2011. Roberts was named the head coach of the Warde and Ludlowe Fairfield combined high school fencing team in 2012. Since that time he has coached 6 individual State Champions, 24 All State Team Members, two Squad Championships, and one Team Championship. At the high school state championships in 2017 both Men's and Women's Foil events were won by FFA students. On the regional circuit his students can be found on the top 8 of the youth, cadet, and junior divisions as well at top in Regional points. Roberts has also coached multiple top 8 National medalist with the most recent being  Gold Medalist at the Div II 2017 October NAC (Click HERE to link to her bout on the Fairfield Fencing Academy and USAFencing Youtube pages). Many of his student's have gone past high school careers to compete for numerous college teams such as Haverford College, Vassar College, Sacred Heart University, Steven's Tech, and Pennsylvanian State University.

Coach Roberts, "I have done many sports, but no sport is as challenging and rewarding as fencing. Competing all my life and now watching my athletes train and compete themselves is more rewarding than even my greatest results"

Justin Dion

Asisstant Director: Epee Coach


Justin competed at Sacred Heart University, where he started for four years, and was named all-league all four seasons. While at Sacred Heart, he qualified for NCAA National Championships in 2010 and 2011 where he placed 13th and 11th respectively earning an All-American designation.  In 2012 Justin led the SHU epee squad to third place in the national team championship.   After graduating he was invited to train as a resident athlete at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs from 2013 to 2015.  Justin finished out the 2015-2016 season before the Olympics ranked 17th in the country.
  Upon leaving Justin joined Jim as the Assistant Coach for the Warde-Ludlowe Fairfield combined high school fencing team and successfully coach one of our fencers to a second place finish in Men's Epee.

New Coach

Coach: Epee/Foil

Hopefully coming soon...

Galya Pundyk

Coach: Sabre

Galya Pundyk is a highly decorated sabre fencer who has just moved to the United States from Ukraine.  As an Olympic Goldmedalist, she was a key member of the 2008 Ukrainian Olympic Team when they defeated China 45-44 to win the gold medal in Beijing.  In 2009 her and her teammates won World Championships. She has done countless number of world cups that makes her experience the most unique of any Sabre coach in Connecticut. Galya is friendly and excited to push her students to help them reach their full potential.