Coaches

TIM MOREHOUSE (OWNER, HEAD COACH, OLYMPIAN) Tim is one of the most decorated US athletes coaching saber today with an Olympic Silver Medal ('08) won in the men's saber team event in 2008 in addition to being a three-time US Olympic Team Member ('04 '08 '12), 9-time world team member and two-time individual US National Champion ('10 '11). Tim won 7-world cup medals during his career and during the London 2012 Olympics he defeated world championand Veniamin Reshetnikovreached the quarter-finals. Tim attended public elementary school in East Harlem at Central Park East and both middle and high school in NYC at Riverdale Country School '96 before graduating from Brandeis University '00 and then earning a Masters Degree in Education from Pace University. Tim spent fifteen years as a student of 4-time Olympic coach Yury Gelman who is considered one of the greatest coaches in US history. He has extensive experience in education having served both as teacher and teacher trainer in the prestigious Teach For America program. Tim is also the founder of the non-profit Fencing In The Schools. Tim's Full Bio: www.timmorehouse.com

TIM MOREHOUSE
(OWNER, HEAD COACH, OLYMPIAN)

Tim is one of the most decorated US athletes coaching saber today with an Olympic Silver Medal ('08) won in the men's saber team event in 2008 in addition to being a three-time US Olympic Team Member ('04 '08 '12), 9-time world team member and two-time individual US National Champion ('10 '11). Tim won 7-world cup medals during his career and during the London 2012 Olympics he defeated world championand Veniamin Reshetnikovreached the quarter-finals.

Tim attended public elementary school in East Harlem at Central Park East and both middle and high school in NYC at Riverdale Country School '96 before graduating from Brandeis University '00 and then earning a Masters Degree in Education from Pace University.

Tim spent fifteen years as a student of 4-time Olympic coach Yury Gelman who is considered one of the greatest coaches in US history. He has extensive experience in education having served both as teacher and teacher trainer in the prestigious Teach For America program. Tim is also the founder of the non-profit Fencing In The Schools.
Tim's Full Bio: www.timmorehouse.com

Dmitry Ronzhin (Olympic COACH) Dmitry has earned the highest attainable coach’s title in both Russia and Canada. He is also a certified FIE international referee. Dmitry's coaching career has spanned four countries and many national championships, but it started in 1985 in Russia. In 1996-1997, he coached the Tianjin Men Sabre Team in China. He coached the Russian National Women’s saber team from 1998 to 2008. In 2008, he coached the Russian team in the Olympics. He later coached Canada's Men’s and Women’s National saber team from 2009 to 2012, and took them to the 2012 Olympics. He  was the head coach for 12 World Championships, 10 European Championships, 3 Pan American Championships, 3 World University Games and 4 Junior World Championships. His students won 9 Gold medals at World Championships, 10 Gold Medals at European Championships, 3 Gold medals at Pan American Championships. Dmitry’s students won European Junior and Senior), Asian (Senior), Pan American (Senior) and World (Cadet,Junior and Senior) Championships.

Dmitry Ronzhin
(Olympic COACH)

Dmitry has earned the highest attainable coach’s title in both Russia and Canada. He is also a certified FIE international referee.

Dmitry's coaching career has spanned four countries and many national championships, but it started in 1985 in Russia.

In 1996-1997, he coached the Tianjin Men Sabre Team in China. He coached the Russian National Women’s saber team from 1998 to 2008. In 2008, he coached the Russian team in the Olympics.

He later coached Canada's Men’s and Women’s National saber team from 2009 to 2012, and took them to the 2012 Olympics.

He  was the head coach for 12 World Championships, 10 European Championships, 3 Pan American Championships, 3 World University Games and 4 Junior World Championships.

His students won 9 Gold medals at World Championships, 10 Gold Medals at European Championships, 3 Gold medals at Pan American Championships. Dmitry’s students won European Junior and Senior), Asian (Senior), Pan American (Senior) and World (Cadet,Junior and Senior) Championships.

ARCHIL "ACHIKO" LORTKIPANIDZE (COACH, Olympian) Coach Achiko represented The Republic of Georgia in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. He also won the Soviet Union Championships and earned a spot as a World Cup finalist. Achiko has since coached in both his home country and in the United States (Nebraska, Colorado and, most recently, New York City). His students have achieved significant results at both the national and international level, including a silver medal at the 2012 Cadet World Cup and multiple medals at 2012 North American Cups (NACs) and Junior Olympics.

ARCHIL "ACHIKO" LORTKIPANIDZE (COACH, Olympian)

Coach Achiko represented The Republic of Georgia in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. He also won the Soviet Union Championships and earned a spot as a World Cup finalist.

Achiko has since coached in both his home country and in the United States (Nebraska, Colorado and, most recently, New York City).

His students have achieved significant results at both the national and international level, including a silver medal at the 2012 Cadet World Cup and multiple medals at 2012 North American Cups (NACs) and Junior Olympics.

MELVIN RODRIGUEZ (COACH) Melvin Rodriguez has been fencing for 10 years. A native of the Bronx, NY, he started fencing under the tutelage of US Fencing Hall of Famer Martin Schneider and later continued with legendary coach Aladar Kogler. At Columbia University he qualified for the NCAA National Championships and was named team MVP as a freshman. Also a member of the Puerto Rican National Team, in 2012 he won bronze medals at the Junior World Cup in Phoenix and at the Pan American Championships in Cancun earning a top 50 ranking in the FIE.  He started as an instructor at Riverdale Country School's summer camp as an assistant coach for their middle school and high school teams. He also coached at Marymount School in Manhattan where his students finished 2nd and 5th at the Independent School Fencing League Individual Championships. Most recently Melvin coached at Fencer’s Club of Arizona, one of the strongest sabre clubs in the nation.

MELVIN RODRIGUEZ (COACH)

Melvin Rodriguez has been fencing for 10 years. A native of the Bronx, NY, he started fencing under the tutelage of US Fencing Hall of Famer Martin Schneider and later continued with legendary coach Aladar Kogler. At Columbia University he qualified for the NCAA National Championships and was named team MVP as a freshman. Also a member of the Puerto Rican National Team, in 2012 he won bronze medals at the Junior World Cup in Phoenix and at the Pan American Championships in Cancun earning a top 50 ranking in the FIE.

 He started as an instructor at Riverdale Country School's summer camp as an assistant coach for their middle school and high school teams. He also coached at Marymount School in Manhattan where his students finished 2nd and 5th at the Independent School Fencing League Individual Championships. Most recently Melvin coached at Fencer’s Club of Arizona, one of the strongest sabre clubs in the nation.

Luka Oboladze (Coach) Luka Oboladze fenced for Georgian national team from 2010-2015. In 2012, he helped his country's U-23 team win a gold medal in the European Cup and helped his team to a bronze medal at the European Championships. In 2012, he took on the role of assistant coach for the Fencing Federation of Georgia before taking on head coach positions with the Passport Development Centre of Tbilisi and the Kutaisi Fencing School.

Luka Oboladze
(Coach)

Luka Oboladze fenced for Georgian national team from 2010-2015. In 2012, he helped his country's U-23 team win a gold medal in the European Cup and helped his team to a bronze medal at the European Championships.

In 2012, he took on the role of assistant coach for the Fencing Federation of Georgia before taking on head coach positions with the Passport Development Centre of Tbilisi and the Kutaisi Fencing School.

Paolo Roselli (COACH)

Paolo Roselli (COACH)

 Bartek Florczak is a Polish certified coach with 14 years of coaching experience in fencing. He loves putting people through tough workouts that build physical and mental strength, which he believes is key for great Sabre athlete. Proper technique and execution of exercises are a key focus, as he believes that proper exercise progression must be built from a strong foundation. With many years of experience, Bartek has a proven track record of student’s satisfaction, retention and results.  

 Bartek Florczak is a Polish certified coach with 14 years of coaching experience in fencing. He loves putting people through tough workouts that build physical and mental strength, which he believes is key for great Sabre athlete. Proper technique and execution of exercises are a key focus, as he believes that proper exercise progression must be built from a strong foundation.
With many years of experience, Bartek has a proven track record of student’s satisfaction, retention and results.

 

Rafael 'Fito' Western (COACH) Fito fenced for the Dominican National Team and has competed in more than 20 FIE international events since 2006. He has also completed the FIE Coaches' Academy course and taught fencing programs at two private schools in New York City. In addition to his school programs, he has been an accomplished strip coach for Tim Morehouse Fencing Club. His energy and enthusiasm helps lift our fencers and our spirits.

Rafael 'Fito' Western (COACH)

Fito fenced for the Dominican National Team and has competed in more than 20 FIE international events since 2006.

He has also completed the FIE Coaches' Academy course and taught fencing programs at two private schools in New York City.

In addition to his school programs, he has been an accomplished strip coach for Tim Morehouse Fencing Club. His energy and enthusiasm helps lift our fencers and our spirits.