Coach Hoss grew up in Alexandria, Egypt. He began fencing at the early age of 9. Coach Hoss was on the Egyptian National epee team for several years. Although he never fenced in the Olympics, he was selected to the team multiple years. He fenced in many championships throughout Europe, especially in Hungary, Italy and Germany. Coach Hoss came to the US around 1995 and began working with his close friend at Lone Star Fencing Center where he produced many junior and cadet National epee medalists . When his friend left Lone Star to become head coach at the Air Force Academy, Coach Hoss started Fencing Institute of Texas with a Board of Directors where he has continued his success producing quality fencers. Coach Hoss has a BA in Accounting from the University of Alexandria, Alexandria, Egypt. He is the Head Fencing Coach at St. Mark's School of Dallas.
Coach Volodymyr grew up in Lviv, Ukraine and attended the Fencing Youth Sports School of Troyanda. He received a Master of Sport of the Soviet Union with Fencing emphasis in 1987. He worked for the Youth Sports School of Troyanda as a Youth Fencing Coach before coming to the US in 2000 to work at FIT. His students have represented the United States at 14 World Championships in Cadet, Junior and Veteran. Coach Volodymyr has produced two Olympians, Mona and Zain Shaito; Mona participated in two Olympics for Lebanon. Coach Volodymyr consistently has athletes fencing internationally on the US Junior and Cadet teams, and numerous medalists at National and Regional tournaments.
Coach D'Asaro has fencing in his blood. His father was USA Fencing Hall of Fame inductee, Maestro Michael D'Asaro; his mother was also a fencer. Coach D'Asaro lives and breathes sabre. Coach Mike was on the San Jose State University fencing team. He was on the USA Pan American Team, and an alternate to the USA Olympic Team.
Coach D'Asaro has produced many National Champions and medalists in various age groups and is considered one of the premier sabre coaches in the US today. He met his wife, Sandra, when she was fencing in the Duel in the Dessert and he was refereeing. We expect his children to be fencers when they get old enough.
Coach Carr teaches our Adult Fitness Fencing class and our Victorian Fencing. He has a degree in Library Science and also works at the Dallas Library.
The Victorian fencers perform demonstrations throughout Texas of various rapier, dagger, and short sword techniques. The group meets Wednesdays from 8-9 PM and once a month on Sunday afternoon.
Coach Jeff taught all three weapons at his own club for over 25 years. His paralympian fencer won numerous National medals in foil, epee and sabre, and competed in International competitions. Jeff himself recently became an amputee. You do not have to be wheelchair bound to compete as a parafencer. All parafencers must compete in at least two weapons.
Coach Aly was the Head Coach and Owner of North Texas Fencing Alliance in McKinney, Texas until forced to make critical decisions due to COVID. Coach Aly was recently awarded the title of Fencing Master (Maitre d'Arms) by the USFCA and AAI for foil and epee. An excellent fencer in his own right, Coach Aly was a member of the Egyptian National Team from 1987 – 1995, and on the African Championship team in 1994 and 1995. He fenced in three World Championships and 12 World Cups. His students consistently medal at Regional and National competitions. Coach Aly's daughter and student, Yasmine, earned a Silver Medal in Women's Epee at the Fencing World Cup in Switzerland in 2019 for team USA. The team received 3 Gold Medals the same year. Coach Aly has participated in several Italian camps and continues to seek coaching education with international experts. Coach Aly was recently elected by his peers as United States Fencing Coaches Association Vice President South Region.
Coach Neil started fencing in 1987 under the instruction of third degree French Fencing Master Jean Gerard Poujardieu. He had the opportunity to learn not only fencing but coaching skills from USA Fencing Hall of Fame Masters Michael Marx (1997), Vinnie Bradford (1999), Yves Ariol (2007) and his brother, Leon Ariol; Duke University Head Coach Alex Beguinet; and many excellent Region coaches.
Coach Rhonda has been with FIT as a competitive fencer and coach since 2004. She has pedagogy under Olympian Florin Paunescu of Romania. She has also studied with top US sabre coaches including Arkady Burdan.
Rhonda started her coaching career as a student at University of North Texas. She taught the Wellness class at Southern Methodist University for several years.
Coach Rhonda teaches our Strength and Conditioning class in addition to the Sabre Team.
Coach Nelly began her fencing career in Bulgaria at a young age. She has been a coach at FIT and other area clubs for several years. Coach Nelly taught fencing for many years at St. Mark's School of Dallas.
Coach Nelly is a highly respected USA Fencing referee and is currently pursuing refereeing at the International level.
The Board of Directors set policy and standards of operation for the Fencing Institute of Texas. FIT Coaching staff are advisors to the Board of Directors.
The current Board of Directors and Officers are:
Office Manager, Lauri Lewis
General Manager, Brenda Waddoups
Facilities Manager, Jim Matz