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  Yury Gelman
 

Yury Gelman


 

 
Hometown:
Kiev, Ukraine

Position:
Head Coach

Experience:
17 seasons

Alma Mater:
Kiev Physical Education College `77

03/24/2014

NCAA Championships Recap: St. John's Wins Bronze

Freshman Yevgeniy Karyuchenko wins men's epee NCAA title; men's team outscores all other schools.

03/24/2013

NCAA Championships Recap: St. John's Places Fifth

Seven Red Storm fencers earn All-American status.

11/30/2012

Previewing the 2012-13 St. John's Fencing Season

Coach Yury Gelman will lead improved squad that consists of two Olympians and six 2011-12 All-Americans.

08/03/2012

Daryl Homer And Team USA Place Eighth In Men's Team Saber

St. John's fencing's 2012 Olympics experience comes to a close.

08/03/2012

VIDEO: Dagmara Wozniak Checks In From Olympic Village

Wozniak, fresh off of a top-eight performance, checks in via video chat from London.

07/30/2012

Olympic Update With Coach Yury Gelman From London

Olympic Update With Coach Yury Gelman From The 30th Olympiad In London.

07/26/2012

Olympic Preview Webisode Part Three

Part Three of Three. The London-bound duo discuss their long-standing relationship with their college and Olympic coach, Yury Gelman.

01/26/2012

St. John's Fencing: 2011-12 And Through The Years

A slideshow of the 2011-12 Red Storm fencing team and photos from throughout the program's rich history.

01/25/2012

Israelian and Tannous Recap Busy Weekened

Team Captain Marat Israelian and Alexandra Tannous recap this past weekend's St. John's and NYU Invitaionals.

01/26/2014

St. John's Invitational 2014

St. John's Invitational 2014

07/29/2012

2012 Olympic Games: Homer Places Sixth In Men's Saber

Daryl Homer won two bouts in the men's individual saber event at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

03/27/2012

2012 NCAA Championships

St. John's placed fourth and Evgeniya Kirpicheva won an individual national title at the 2012 NCAA Championships.

10/07/2008

Coach Gelman meets Mayor Bloomberg

Coach Gelman meets Mayor Bloomberg

03/03/2008

Red Storm Fencing Competes at Northeast Regionals

2008 Norheast Regional Championships

Yury Gelman is entering his 18th season at the helm of the Red Storm fencing teams. Over the last decade, Gelman has built a legacy as one of the top fencing coaches in the world, with success in both the United States and abroad. His collegiate teams consistently finish among the nation's elite and many of his athletes have collected world championship titles and Olympic medals. During Gelman's time at St. John's, his Red Storm has captured a national title (2001), has had over 100 All-Americans, and has won 20 individual NCAA Championships - more than any other school during that period.

On July 10, 2010, Gelman's great success in the sport was recognized when he was inducted into the United States Fencing Hall of Fame. As a professional coach for over 25 years, Gelman brings a vast knowledge of fencing, as well as the necessary experience at the upper echelon of international competition to his student-athletes.

A four-time U.S. Olympic Coach (2000, 2004, 2008, 2012), Gelman recently led senior Daryl Homer and alum Dagmara Wozniak in their Olympic debuts at the London Games. Homer made a sixth place finish in men's individual saber, while Wozniak finished eighth in women's individual saber. To reach the quarterfinals, Homer upended Alexey Yakimenko (Russia), who was ranked No. 2 in the World at the time. Wozniak also pulled off an upset to reach the quarterfinals, defeating the No. 7 ranked women's saber fencer. Wozniak's quarterfinals bout aired live on MSNBC.

Gelman also led Homer and the U.S. men's saber squad to an eighth place finish in the team event.

At the 2008 Summer Olympics, Gelman led the men's saber team to its best-ever finish and its first medal since 1984. The squad, which consisted of alumnus Keeth Smart, Tim Morehouse, James Williams, and Jason Rogers, captured the silver medal after defeating Hungary and Russia to advance to the gold medal match. The entire sabre team trained out of Gelman's Manhattan Fencing Center.

Gelman was present when Mayor Bloomberg honored New York's Olympic athletes two weeks after the Games were officially over. Ten New Yorkers and five coaches were presented with Tiffany's crystal apples, which represented the United States and New York City at the Summer Olympics in Beijing. Gelman and the 2008 U.S. Olympic teams that competed in Beijing, China also met President George W. Bush at the White House to celebrate the teams' performances.

In addition, Gelman and St. John's University were honored with the U.S. Olympic Achievement Award in April of 2011 by the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC), the U.S. National Governing Bodies for Sport (NGBs), and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). The three organizations joined together to create the award, which recognizes the colleges and universities whose student-athletes and coaches have won Olympic medals.

Gelman also coached the United States men's saber team during the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. The squad, which consisted of Smart as well as fellow St. John's alumnus Ivan Lee, was guided to a fourth place finish by Gelman.

Gelman was the first coach for Lee, a two-time NCAA Champion, a gold and silver medal winner at the Junior World Championships, and a bronze medal winner at the Cadet World Championships. Lee was once ranked among the top 20 fencers in the world.

Smart, who was a two-time NCAA Champion and the first American to gain fencing's number one international ranking for males, was also on Gelman's 2000 U.S. Olympic team in Sydney, Australia. He was joined by former teammate, Arlene Stevens, a four-time All-American at St. John's.

Stevens, Smart, and Lee were all members of Gelman's 2001 National Championship team, which featured a total of four former United States Olympians and seven individuals who won NCAA titles during their careers. During that season, the men's and women's teams posted records of 13-2 during the regular season, and went on to claim the Intercollegiate Fencing Association Championship and the NCAA Championship - St. John's University's second-ever NCAA title.

Under Gelman's leadership, St. John's has not finished lower than sixth place in the nation. In addition to its national title in 2001, the team has collected five second-place finishes at the NCAA Championships (1995, 2000, 2002, 2007, 2010).

In 2011, the Red Storm finished third as a team at the NCAAs and collected two more individual national championships. Marat Israelian and Daryl Homer, who won their first individual championships in 2010, repeated as men's epee and men's saber champions, respectively.

In 2012, St. John's picked up its 20th individual National Championship as Evgeniya Kirpicheva won the women's foil crown. As a team, St. John's placed fourth, which is the 20th-straight season it has placed sixth or better.

Gelman's coaching experience began at the Kiev Physical Education College, where he was coach from 1977-91. Gelman also served as coach of the Ukrainian Fencing Team from 1987-91.

Gelman is a 1977 graduate of Kiev Physical Education College, where he earned a degree in physical education and coaching of fencing. Gelman also earned his master's degree in physical education in 1981 from Kiev.

In September 2007, Gelman opened the Manhattan Fencing Center. The club includes elite fencers from the greater New York Area and serves as an Olympic training facility as well.

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