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.


Gianpaolo Marini

Gianpaolo Marini

Gianpaolo Marini is a 3-weapon Fencing Master. The title of fencing master refers to a coach that has achieved the highest level of certification from their national governing body for fencing. The certification requires a written test, written thesis, and a comprehensive practical and oral examination given by a board of 3 fencing masters. Gianpaolo earned his Fencing Master’s Diploma from Semmelweis University in Hungary and has been recognized as a fencing master by the FIE, EFC, and British Olympic Association. With 15 years of coaching experience, Gianpaolo has trained national medalists in the UK, coached at Honvéd, a world renowned fencing club in Hungary, and developed a training program for schools and clubs that has been used by over 1500 students. Passionate about developing fencers, Gianpaolo works in partnership with the athlete to set ambitious goals and achieve success.

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.


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.