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SERGE LILOV

SABRE COACH

Serge Lilov, is head coach and co-founder of Lilov Fencing Academy, one of the oldest fencing clubs in New Jersey and top private fencing programs in the United States.

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SERGE LILOV

CO-FOUNDER & HEAD COACH

Serge Lilov, is head coach and co-founder of Lilov Fencing Academy, one of the oldest fencing clubs in New Jersey and top private fencing programs in the United States. In his long fencing career Maestro Lilov has won the Ukrainian National Sabre Championship, been a multi time medalist with, and member of, the USSR National Team. After his move to the US he was a 3 time NCAA All-American and US Junior National Champion. As an NCAA fencer Serge contributed to the Penn State's fencing program that won 6 consecutive NCAA Championships from 1995 to 2000. Serge prepared numerous students who won gold, silver, and bronze medals at National tournaments.

Serge was coached by Efim Chvidko (Fecht-Club Tauberbischofsheim, Germany)

Serge holds a B.S. degree from Penn State University, an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and a designation of Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA).

In 2014 in Pisa, Italy he teamed with Nicola Zanotti the Italian national sabre coach to hold the largest youth fencing camp ever held in Italy. In 2015 he trained in Moscow with the Russian senior national team and their head coach Christian Bauer for the 3 weeks leading up to the Moscow World Cup.

SERGE'S PERSONAL RESULTS:

  • Ukraine National Champion, 1991 (vs. Vadim Gutzeit)
  • USSR National Champion runner-up, Silver 1990/Bronze 1989 (vs. Stanislav Pozdnyakov)
  • US Junior National Champion, 1992
  • US Senior Team National Champion, 1995 and 1996
  • Three-time NCAA All American First Team, 1995-96-97, Penn State University
  • NCAA Individual Champion runner-up, 1996 and 1997
  • Member of Ukraine and USSR Cadet and Junior National Teams
  • Master of Sport of the USSR: awarded for taking Silver medal at USSR Nationals (vs Stanislav Pozdnyakov)

SERGE'S NOTABLE STUDENTS:

  • Lauren Phillips – US Junior Olympic Championships: Silver Medal & 10th Place Junior World Cup
  • Alexandra Sakowicz - US Nationals: Bronze Medal and Top 8 at US Junior Olympics
  • Alex Rudnicki – Junior Olympic Championships: Silver Medal
  • Hayley Levitt - US National Champion
  • Maria Rudnicki – US National Championships: Bronze Medal
  • Matthew Kiwior – US National Championships: Bronze Medal
  • Elliot Clinton – Junior World Cup: Top 16
  • LFA Women’s Saber Team – US Summer National Championships: Gold and Bronze Medals

VLADIMIR LILOV

SABRE COACH

Lilov is one of the top fencing officials in the US (International Category B referee). He has directed at the Olympic Games in Moscow (1980) and in Atlanta (1996), at the finals of World Championships, and at numerous World Cup tournaments.

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Maestro Lilov has been a fencing coach for 35 years. He immigrated to the United States in 1992 from the Soviet Union, where he worked with the USSR (1985-1990) and Ukraine (1990-1992) National fencing teams. He graduated from the University of Physical Education at Lviv, Ukraine where he earned a Master of Science in Physical Education and a Master of Sport of Fencing (highest classification in sports in the former USSR).

Lilov is one of the top fencing officials in the US (International Category B referee). He has directed at the Olympic Games in Moscow (1980) and in Atlanta (1996), at the finals of World Championships, and at numerous World Cup tournaments.

Maestro Lilov is recognized for his ability to instill excellent technique and a modern understanding of fencing in his students. Resultantly, his students have rapidly developed into top national and international contenders:

VLADIMIR's NOTABLE STUDENTS:

  • Brian Walther – Junior Olympic Championships: Gold Medal
  • Marissa Mustilli – Junior Olympic Championships: Gold Medal
  • Catherine Pack – Junior Olympic Championships: 2 Gold Medals (Cadet & Junior)
  • Paul Apostol – US National Championships: Gold Medal
  • Nicole Mustilli – World Championships, Hungary: Gold Medal
  • Catherine Pack – Junior World Championships, South Bend: Silver Medal
  • LFA Women's Sabre Team – US National Championships: 2 Gold Medals, 1 Silver Medal

ALEXEY DIACHENKO

SABRE COACH

Coach Alexey was a member of the national team of Russia during the period from 1999 to 2006, Olympic bronze medalist in Athens in 2004, a three-time world champion, five-time European champion in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, winner of the World Cup "Moscow Sabre".

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Coach Alexey was a member of the national team of Russia during the period from 1999 to 2006, Olympic bronze medalist in Athens in 2004, a three-time world champion (2001, 2003, 2005), five-time European champion in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, winner of the World Cup "Moscow Sabre". From 2006 Alexey headed the Fencing department of the College Olympic Reserve in St. Petersburg, Russia. As a coach, he produced winners of Junior World Championshionships, Senior World Championships, European champions, champions of Russia, and triple world champion in 2011, 2012, 2015.

ELIZAVETA KIRYANOVA

SABRE COACH

Liza was a member of the national team of Russia from 2010-2012. Coached by Alexandr Panteleev, she became a medalist of many cadet and junior World Cups & European Championships. Worked as a coach from 2012 at Olympic Reserve fencing club in St. Petersburg, Russia. '14 World Cup in Vienna, Austria - Bronze Medal '12 World Cup in Gent, Belgium - Silver Medal '12 Euro Championship in Croatia - Gold Medal '12 World Cup in Chicago, USA - Bronze Medal

PAUL KUTELVAS

EPEE & FOIL COACH

Paul has 40 years of coaching experience in Asia, Europe, and the U.S. From 1990-2004, Coach Kutlevas was the Head Coach of the Republic of Uzbekistan Fencing Team where he prepared medalists in the USSR cadet and junior national championships. From 2004-07, Paul was the national epee coach of Taiwan. He was in charge of the men’s and women's, cadet and junior national epee teams. Paul developed multiple medalists in the Asian Championships and contenders in cadet and junior World Championships.

MICHAEL MCTIGUE

EPEE COACH

Coach McTigue was voted High School Fencing Coach of the Year four times in 2011 by the coaches of the New Jersey Interscholastic Fencing Association, by the NJSIAA, by the NJSCA and by The Star Ledger.

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EPEE COACH Coach McTigue began his fencing career in the 70’s as an NCAA foil fencer under the coaching of Hungarian Maestro Csaba Elthes. In the 90's Coach McTigue studied under renowned Russian epee Maestro Albert Chikayev. Maestro Chikayev, who trained multiple world and Olympic champions, was Coach McTigue’s mentor for almost a decade and developed him into a coach as well as a championship winning veteran fencer. Michael is a multiple time gold medalist in the New Jersey Senior Olympics epee competition and multiple time silver medalist in the sabre and foil competitions. He is also a multiple time NJ Cup Veterans Epee Champion and a rated referee for all three weapons.

MICHAEL's NOTABLE STUDENTS:

  • Alen Hazic – US Junior Olympics Champion
  • Alen Hazic – Junior World Cup, Montreal: Bronze Medal
  • Jacqueline Barnes – US National Championships: Bronze Medal
  • Jacqueline Barnes – State Individual Champion runner-up

Coach McTigue has been the Head Coach of the Montclair High School Team since 2005 supervising 2 other coaches and over 90 team members. Coach McTigue was voted High School Fencing Coach of the Year four times in 2011 by the coaches of the New Jersey Interscholastic Fencing Association, by the NJSIAA, by the NJSCA and by The Star Ledger. Michael has also served as a Head Coach at the Montclair State University Gifted and Talented summer program in 2010 and 2011.

Under his guidance Montclair has developed a consistently competitive program netting 5 district weapon champions, two state individual champions, two state individual silver medalists, a junior Olympic champion, a national junior team member, 10 top 10 individual state championship finishers, 10 top 3 finishers in the district weapon squad championships, qualified 17 separate squads for state squad championships and taken top 3 finishes 5 times in the last 3 years. The boy’s sabre squad was the 2011 Cetrulo Team Relay Sabre State Champions and the girl’s epee squad the 2012 District 3 Champions. The 2011 overall boy’s team finished 2nd in the New Jersey State Team Championships with a 13-2 record for the season.

DMITRY KOPYLOV

SABRE COACH

Dmitry Kopylov graduated from the Polytechnic State University in Kharkov, Ukraine. He competed at numerous Cadet and Junior tournaments and earned the title of Master of Sport of the USSR.

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DMITRY KOPYLOV

SABRE COACH Dmitry Kopylov graduated from the Polytechnic State University in Kharkov, Ukraine. He competed at numerous Cadet and Junior tournaments and earned the title of Master of Sport of the USSR. Dmitry has competed extensively as a veteran fencer the past 4 years, taking medals in many US National tournaments including winning the March 2012 NAC. Coach Kopylov is the 2011 US Veterans Sabre National Champion and as a member of the USA National Veterans Team represented the USA at the Veterans World Championships in 2011 and 2012.

Under his guidance Montclair has developed a consistently competitive program netting 5 district weapon champions, two state individual champions, two state individual silver medalists, a junior Olympic champion, a national junior team member, 10 top 10 individual state championship finishers, 10 top 3 finishers in the district weapon squad championships, qualified 17 separate squads for state squad championships and taken top 3 finishes 5 times in the last 3 years. The boy’s sabre squad was the 2011 Cetrulo Team Relay Sabre State Champions and the girl’s epee squad the 2012 District 3 Champions. The 2011 overall boy’s team finished 2nd in the New Jersey State Team Championships with a 13-2 record for the season.

LAUREN PHILLIPS

SABRE COACH

International, National, and NCAA Division I Saber fencer ranked top 8 on Cadet, Junior, and Senior Rolling Point Standings, earned top ‘A’ rating as a fencer, Junior Olympic Championships Silver Medalist (Junior)

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LAUREN PHILLIPS

SABRE COACH

  • International, National, and NCAA Division I Saber fencer ranked top 8 on Cadet, Junior, and Senior Rolling Point Standings
  • Earned top ‘A’ rating as a fencer
  • Junior Olympic Championships Silver Medalist (Junior)
  • Top 3 placements at Junior Olympics, North American Cups, Summer Nationals (Junior, Team, DIV IA, DIV II, Cadet)
  • Top 8 placements at Junior Olympics, North American Cups, and Summer Nationals (Junior, DIV I, Cadet)
  • Top 10 at Junior World Cup
  • Fencing camps experience: Germany, Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, Puerto Rico, USA
  • Recruited by Harvard and University of Pennsylvania

ALEXANDRA SAKOWICZ

SABRE COACH

International and National Saber fencer ranked top 16 on Cadet, Junior, and Youth Rolling Point Standings, earned top ‘A’ rating as a fencer, top 8 placement at Summer National Championships (Individual Junior Women's Sabre).

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ALEXANDRA SAKOWICZ

SABRE COACH
  • International and National Saber fencer ranked top 16 on Cadet, Junior, and Youth Rolling Point Standings.
  • Earned top ‘A’ rating as a fencer.
  • Top 8 placement at Summer National Championships (Individual Junior Women's Sabre)
  • 3rd place in Senior Women's Sabre Team event at Summer National Championships
  • Top 16 placements at NAC’s and Summer Nationals (Div I, Div IA, Y14)
  • New Jersey Cup Winner (’09-’10) & Runner-up (’10-’11)
  • Top results in regional & New Jersey tournaments
  • Fencing camps experience: Iceland, Ukraine, USA
  • Recruited by Cornell University
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