Staff
Head Coach
Michael Aufrichtig

Michael Aufrichtig is in his eighth year as the head men’s and women’s fencing coach for Columbia University, which was marked with two Ivy League Championships for both the men’s and women’s teams. During his tenure, the men’s team record was 115-45 and women’s 165- 24. Columbia’s Men and Women’s Team finished the 2015 and 2016 season ranked #1 winning the NCAA Championships as well as winning the Men Ivy Championships (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019) and Women Ivy League Championships (2015, 2016, 2018, 2019). Michael Aufrichtig is the recipient of the 2016 USA Fencing Coaches Association Varsity Coach of the Year Award.

Foil/Epee Coach
Seoung Woo Lee

joined the Columbia fencing staff as a foil/epee coach in February 2012. Formerly the head coach of the Korean National Senior Women’s Foil team, Lee has extensive coaching experience with junior and cadet foil and epee students. Lee was a coach at the Fencers Club and Peter Westbrook Foundation and now own’s Top Fencing. Coaching epee and foil, he has coached a number of Olympic medalists and World champions. From 1998-2004, Lee coached foil and epee at the Paris University Club in France. He holds diplomas from the National Masters Fencing Academy of France, Korean National Sport University, and the Korean National Masters Fencing Academy.

Sabre Coach
Akhnaten Spencer-El

joined the Columbia fencing coaching staff in September of 2013. Spencer-El is a three-time U.S. Junior Sabre National Champion, a two-time Senior National Sabre Champion (1999, 2000) and was formerly ranked the No. 1 Junior Sabre fencer in the world (1998). He represented the United States in the 2000 Olympics and served as a coach for the United States in the 2016 Olympics in Rio. Coach Spencer-El is also a sabre coach with the Peter Westbrook Foundation.

Camp Consultant
Dr. Brent Walker

is a leading educator and mental training consultant, enters his fifth year as the Associate Athletics Director for Championship Performance. Dr. Walker directs Columbia’s Championship Performance Program, designed to help Columbia’s varsity teams and more than 700 student-athletes win individual and team championships. He has presented over 75 mental training seminars nationwide and his clients have included athletes in professional sports, multiple Division I athletic departments, the U.S. Soccer Federation, and various youth sport organizations.

Fencing Fitness Advisors
Ahmed Yilla

brings substantial fitness and fencing experience to his third year of camp. He has been a personal trainer for over eight years and is a Master Trainer at New York Sports Club. In 2000, he was selected as a member of the USA Men’s Jr. National Team for the Men’s Sabre World Championships where he placed in the top 16 in the world. Ahmed has also been accredited as one of the “Top 100 Trainers” in the Town Sports International Corporation.

Fencing Fitness Advisors
Aaron DeGraff

As a multi-sport athlete, Aaron DeGraffe developed his love for fitness and hard work at a young age. He attended Fordham University in NYC, where he balanced a rigorous academic schedule with a demanding training regimen as a member of the schools’ Div. 1 Track & Field program. DeGraffe has worked in the fitness industry for eight years, and holds numerous certifications including National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) certified Personal Trainer, NASM- CES, Kettelbell and TRX Suspension Training.

Additional staff for the camp will consist of current Division I men’s and women’s fencers, including current Columbia players. Also other top fencing coaches could be on staff during the camp. A certified athletic trainer will be available at all times.