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Future Coaching Clinics

Brad Baker, Sabre
July 26-27, 2014
$200 if registered and paid by July 12, $225 after July 13.

Bradley Baker has recently completed his ninth year coaching at Temple University, a perennial top-10 NCAA program.  At Temple, he was responsible for coaching the epee and sabre squads, including All-Americans in each weapon.  From 2000-2004, he served as head coach of the University of Massachusetts club team.  Under his guidance, UMass won the national collegiate club championships in 2003 and 2004.  In 2001-2002, he was named "Coach of the Year" by the Northeast Fencing Conference.  After many years of attendance as a participant, Brad joined the staff of USA Fencing's National Coaches College in 2009 and was an instructor at the 2012 Coaches Institute.  He is also a Certified Referee Instructor for USA Fencing and an active national- and international-level referee in all three weapons.  As a competitor, Brad reached a peak national ranking of 13th in men's sabre during 2010.

Brad is currently working towards a PhD in Business Administration with a concentration in Tourism and Sport at Temple University.  He holds an MS in Sport and Recreation Management from Temple University ('12) and a BS with double major in Computer Science and Mathematical Sciences from Johns Hopkins University ('98).

The primary objectives of the clinic are building an effective tactical framework for the sabre game, methods to incorporate athlete-control into lessons, and general improvement of lesson-giving skills for participant coaches. Discussion will emphasize common situations in sabre bouts and how to approach each from the perspective of both an athlete and a coach. The goal of the weekend is to provide attendees with new tools, methods, and ideas which they can bring back and incorporate into teaching at their home clubs. The focus will be on how to think about problems and develop solutions. Participants will be challenged to engage in creative problem solving during development of lessons and drills.

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Gary Copeland, Epee
Northern Colorado Fencers
August 23-24, 2014
$200 if registered and paid by August 9, $225 after August 10.

Founder and head coach of Northern Colorado Fencers since 1979, Gary Copeland has coached more than 800 U.S. national competition finalists (1st-8th place) from 1988-2005, including 46 individual U.S. national champions, 14 U.S. national team champions, and 64 junior and cadet World champions and Pan-American team positions. Gary was named 1999 U.S. Olympic Committee Fencing Coach of the Year and has served as U.S. National Team coach on more than 20 U.S. national teams. He is currently Assistant Director of the U.S. Fencing Coaches College at the U.S. Olympic Training center in Colorado Springs.

This clinic is designed for the competitive epee fencer who has just started coaching, or the foil/saber coach who wishes to add an additional weapon to their skill set.

Some of the topics to be discussed are:

1. Simple (one tempo) and complex (multi-tempo) cuing for actions.
2. Use of distance and blade amplitude in cuing actions.
3. Helping the student choose the "moment to go".
4. Building lessons from simple to more complex phrases.
5. Tactics in the lesson.
6. Coach self-assessment. When is it your mistake? When is it the students?
7. Giving lessons to students with strong technical skills.
8. Athlete and club management.

Additional topics may be explored as the time allows.

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