Coaches


Meet the Loudon Fencing Coaches

When you choose our fencing club, you work with a team of incredible coaches who are dedicated to your -- or your child's -- success. With backgrounds as fencers, each and every one of our coaches brings something special to their students.


Amy Orlando

Amy Orlando

Amy is an A-rated Epee fencer who started fencing at age 11. She was a two-time Junior World team member achieving 6th, 8th, and 10th place finishes in Junior World cups, was named a member of the Senior World team, and was a member of the World University team. She attended Notre Dame on a fencing scholarship and was team captain for her junior and senior years. During her time at Notre Dame, she was named a 4-year Monogram Winner, a three-time NCAA championship participant, an integral member of the NCAA championship team, and placed second in the individual NCAA championship tournament.

Beyond her personal fencing achievements, Amy is an experienced coach who has previously worked for clubs in Boston and Indianapolis. She's coached at both the national and local level, and her style focuses primarily on building up each fencer's strengths in order to help them improve their strategy and win bouts.


Ed Donofrio

Ed Donofrio

A graduate of the US Naval Academy, Ed is an All American Foil Fencer, a semi-finalist in the 1976 Olympics, and a member of the US Naval Academy Athletic Hall of Fame. He is a US Foil Champion in individual and team competition, a finalist in two World Cup events, and a silver medal winner in the Pan-American Games in foil team fencing.

Over the years, Ed has translated his success as a fencer and was the Men's and Women's Head Fencing Coach at the US Naval Academy. His strength as a coach is his ability to instill the love of fencing and improve the technique of our recreational fencers.


Nick Hanahan

Nick Hanahan

Nick, who started fencing at age 10, graduated from Notre Dame as a four-year starter, two-time team captain, two-time national champion, three-time ACC Champion, and All-American. Additionally, he was elected as Notre Dame Men's Epee most valuable fencer in 2018.

Starting at just 11 years old, he competed in multiple national and international competitions. Some of his most noteworthy results are third place in the Chalon en Champagne World Cup, first in the Chalon en Champagne team competition, second in the Junior Olympics, third in Junior at a December NAC, top 32 in the Helsinki Junior World Cup, and third in the Div. 1 July Challenge. His highest places on the USFA point lists to date are 4th in Cadet, 5th in Junior, and 13th in Senior.


Matt Bedker

Matt Bedker

Matt is a B17 rated fencer who began fencing at the age of 12 and has competed at the state, regional, and national level in both foil and epee. Previously, he worked as the coach and captain of the George Mason Epee team during their first undefeated season in 2009. Matt's biggest strength is introducing fencing to our beginning adult fencers, as he customizes his coaching style to the skill and ability of each fencer. He also offers private lessons to adult fencers.