Boston Fencing Club
Director of Operations
David Sach started his fencing career in the UK where he won numerous cadet, junior and senior national titles including a run of 5 back to back Junior national championships. He also fenced at 8 World Championships between 1995 and 1998 Junior, Cadet and Senior. David also represented Wales at 3 Commonwealth Games winning 2 individual Silver medals and a team Gold. David moved into coaching at a relatively young age but since then has coached numerous national champions at all age groups, international world cup medallists at both Junior and Senior level, a Cadet World Champion and Olympians. Before moving to the USA, he served as a British Fencing World Class Performance Pathway sabre coach - a position in which he coached and monitored members of the British Olympic Sabre Team. David is also an FIE rated referee, earning appointments at the 2005, 2007 Senior World Championships and 2008 Olympic Games.
Head Sabre Coach
Matthew (Matt) Zich has been involved in sabre fencing for over 20 years, 11 years as an internationally-ranked competitor and for the last 10 years as a coach, with a proven record of developing elite fencers. Classically trained by Maestro Yury Gelman (five-time Olympic Fencing Coach and National Men's Sabre Coach) in New York City, Matthew was a member of the US National Fencing Team, 2003-2007, representing the United States at World Championships held in Korea, Italy, France and Austria. Matthew was ranked #1 USA and top 5 internationally as a Cadet; #1 USA and top 5 internationally as a Junior; and top 5 USA as a Senior.
Working with beginner through advanced fencers, Matthew's students have medaled at Youth Tournaments through Junior Olympics and Senior National Championships. At the request of the USFA, he has worked with national team members for international competitions. He has coached numerous students who have gone on to fence in leading college programs, including Oxford University, Columbia, UPenn, Duke, Brandeis, St. John's, Northwestern, and Boston College. Matthew was named Coach of the US Cadet National Team for the World Cup Events in Poland and Germany.
Head Foil Coach
Davis joined the MIT fencing coaching staff in 2009. He has been affiliated with the Boston Fencing Club since he began fencing at the age of five.
Davis captured the Under-13 national title, was twice the Under-15 national champion, won the Under-17 national championship, and was crowned the Under-19 North Atlantic champion. He claimed the New England Division championship on two occasions and clinched the Bay State Games title. As an undergraduate at St. John's University, Davis received NCAA All-America honors.
Davis competed on the 1995 Pan-Am and 1997 national teams. In addition, he helped the Under-20 and Division 1A men's foil teams capture national championships
Head Epee Coach
Yasser Mahmoud has been involved in fencing for twenty-one years, focusing in epee. Yasser comes from a long line of fencing, with his family including Olympic athletes and National coaches. While Yasser is a nationally ranked referee, he focused his involvement in the sport on competing and has competed at both the national and international level. In 2016 he graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelors of Fine Arts (Sculpture), after achieving All-American status for his 2014 NCAA Championship result. Before Penn State, he coached in 2010 at the Commonwealth School and 2011 saw him as the Boston University Academy coach. After graduation, Yasser served as a camp counselor for Brown University's fencing camp and has been coaching at Beaver High School since 2016. After a year at Boston Fencing Club, Yasser is now the Head Coach for epee and is excited to help the program grow.
Brendan is a graduate of Brandeis University where he was the captain of his fencing team and a gradute of the University of Mississippi recieving his master's degree in Higher Education Administration. Brendan has been coaching at the BFC since his own time on the BFC Junior Team 15 years ago. In that time he has coached national medalists ranging from Y12 to Division I and had students on point standings in every category. He is also the head coach at Boston College where he runs the team and is specifically in charge of the sabre program. Two BC Sabreurs have made NCAA championships as well as numerous Northeast Fencing Conference All Stars. He has been called the heart and soul of BFC having been a member of the club for over two decades.
John David Carroll
JD Carroll joined BFC as a satellite coach in 2008 and began office staff duties a year later. Previously, JD served as a satellite and youth coach for New Amsterdam Fencing Academy and Fencers Club, while also serving two seasons as the Marymount Girls School NYC foil coach. He was also the head coach of BB&N High School from 2009-2011. JD is currently in his third year of coaching foil at Tufts University. While JD joined BFC coaching both foil and epee, the 2018-19 season sees him moving to foil full time, where he is looking forward to building the foil program.
Ilya is an former Olympic epee fencer, representing his native Bulgaria in the 1996 Atlanta Summer games. Ilya has been coaching in the United States for over a decade, in Chicago and locally in Cambridge and Somerville. Ilya joined the BFC coaching staff in August 2020.
Director of Marketing and Athlete Relations
Ella is a recent graduate of Boston College where she fenced epee at the NCAA D1 level after picking up fencing her sophomore year of high school. Graduating with academic and athletic distinctions from both BC Athletics and the ACC, Ella earned a spot competing at the 2018 NCAA Championships to finish off her NCAA career. Ella joined the BFC administrative staff in 2016 and now continues her administrative duties remotely from Washington, DC, where she moved for work in 2019. Previous to joining BFC, Ella coached both beginners and national medalists in foil and epee at Denver Fencing Center, where she was also the head coach for DFC's Wheelchair Fencing program and worked with the National Sports Center for the Disabled and the Colorado Wheelchair Sports Program to bring the sport of fencing to a wider group of athletes. In 2019, Ella was the head coach of Boston University Fencing Club and trained full time at BFC to compete at the national level.