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 8 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 students have gone past high school careers to compete for numerous college teams such as Haverford College, Vassar College, Sacred Heart University, Steven's Tech, Boston College, 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."