Ro is an
Olympic-medal winning coach. He has been coaching and fencing for more
than thirty-five years. In addition to coaching the bronze medal winning
Women’s Epee team at the London Olympics in 2012, he led the US Women’s Epee
team to gold and bronze medals at Junior World Championships, and to five
consecutive gold medals at PanAmerican Championships.
A member of the U.S.
national coaching staff for more than twenty years, and a former national head
coach, Ro traveled with and coached numerous senior and junior U.S. teams. At
the same time, he has built a highly successful fencing program in St. Paul.
The Twin Cities Fencing Club has trained nationally ranked fencers and has
placed athletes on US teams in all three weaponcategories. Under Ro’s
guidance, TCFC athletes have medaled in local, regional, and national
competition in age-group and open competition.
In addition to coaching at TCFC
and his national duties, Ro teaches at the University of Minnesota. He holds Maitre
d’Armescertification and has been on the board of the US Fencing Coaches
Association as well as having served as a Vice President on the board of the US
Kate Hanna, Coach
Kate has been
coaching for more than twenty years. She works primarily with the developmental
program at TCFC, and has also served as a member of the Youth Development
Committee for US Fencing and as its Chair.
program at TCFC has produced many national competitors, including national
finalists in age-group and open competition, and fencers who have competed in
NCAA competition as well as national and international competition.
coaches at national competitions and has coached internationally, her primary
focus is leading classes and providing individual instruction to developing
fencers at TCFC.
Ron Frazzini, Coach
Ron started fencing as a senior in High school in
1953 and participated in college competition at the University of Colorado
while studying engineering. After graduation and working in the aerospace
industry in Southern California, he competed in Southern California Division
and national events earning a B ranking in Epee.
Two coaches guided development during these years. Technique from John
McKee, fencing master of the strong Southern California club
"Cavaliers" and tactics and problem solving from Les Bleamaster,
former Olympic Epee team member. After moving to Minnesota in 1973 to work for
Honeywell, Ron competed in the Minnesota division earning a B in foil and C in
Saber. He was also an officer and president of the USFA's Minnesota Division with the goal of
establishing coaching and directing clinics, and bringing sectional events back
to Minnesota. During this same period,
he earned a 5 level director's rating in Saber.
Becoming interested in coaching, he completed two coaching training
sessions in saber and foil at the National Olympic Center at Colorado Springs
and Lake Placid, and attended other national coaching clinics. He served as an
officer and coach for the Minneapolis Fencing Club, and in 1983 became coach of
the fencing club and team at the University of Minnesota, a position held until
1988. He also coached informally at two of the high
Ron holds a Moniteur d'Armes coaching certificate in the three
weapons from the USFCA. Teaching
entrepreneurship at the University of Minnesota, choral singing, guitar and
travel occupy much of the time away from fencing.
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