Our Staff

Roberto Sobalvarro, Head Coach

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 weapon categories. 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’Armes certification 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 Fencing Association. 

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.

The youth 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.

While Kate 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 school clubs. 

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.

*Twin Cities Fencing Club ~ 741 Holly Avenue ~ St. Paul, MN 55104 ~ 651-225-1990 ~ Email us at: sobal001@umn.edu