Recap: St. John's Invitational & NYU Invitational
A slideshow of the 2011-12 Red Storm fencing team and photos from throughout the program's rich history.
Team Captain Marat Israelian and Alexandra Tannous recap this past weekend's St. John's and NYU Invitaionals.
Mikhail Shimshovich will begin his 21st season as an assistant coach with the St. John's fencing program. Shimshovich helped coach the team to a fourth place finish in the 2016 NCAA Championships and a sixth place finish in 2017, extending the stretch of finishing sixth or better to 25 straight years.
Shimshovich has aided head coach Yury Gelman as the Red Storm program has become one of the best in the country. He is a five-time gold medalist in the Ukrainian Senior National Championships and a former member of the U.S.S.R. National Team. Shimshovich has also been named Distinguished Fencing Coach of Ukraine.
From 1992-95, Shimshovich was the head coach of the Ukrainian fencing team in Kiev, Ukraine. He evaluated and recruited the best fencers from the Ukraine to train and compete in national, international and Olympic competitions. He created custom tailored training programs for each fencer based on their respective abilities. Shimshovich prepared former U.S.S.R. and Ukrainian National Team members for World Championships and Olympic Games.
Since 1998 he has produced a number of U.S. national champions and medalists in all age groups. Many collegiate students that have learned from his tutelage have won World University Games and NCAA Championship medals. He is also the International level Fencing Director representing the U.S. National fencing team.
Shimshovich has coached children, as well as junior and senior men and women who wish to compete on the local and national levels of the USFA. He focuses on teaching advanced techniques and strategies for winning national and international competitions. Many of his students have been on the USFA National Point Standing List and have been USFA medalists.
From 1967-71, Shimshovich attended Kiev Physical Education College in Kiev, Ukraine, where he graduated with a bachelor of arts in fencing training. He obtained a master's degree in physical education from Kiev in 1975 and served as the fencing coach for his alma mater from 1987-90.