SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -
The United States Fencing Coaches Association recently presented its “Deladrier Sword” -- Coach of the Year award to Prévôt d’Armes Tim Robinson, Head Coach of the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) Fencing Club since 2005. Robinson is also the founder and Head Coach of the Presidio Fencing Club, which he opened in 2006.
Robinson has steadily elevated the competitive level of the UCSB fencing team. This year, for the first time, his men’s team and his women’s team both took first place in their Southern California Intercollegiate Fencing Conference. The men had accomplished this feat once before in 1992, but this was a first for the UCSB women.
Robinson’s teams then moved on to the 2017 National Championships sponsored by the U.S. Association of Collegiate Fencing Clubs, where they earned an overall 3rd place finish. The women’s sabre squad finished with gold, while the men’s epee and sabre squads each earned bronze medals. Their total medal results were:
Combined Men’s and Women’s Teams – 3rd
Men’s Overall Team – 2nd
Women’s Sabre Squad – 1st
Men’s Epee Squad – 3rd
Men’s Sabre Squad – 3rd
Individual Women’s Sabre – 3rd
And in the meantime, his Presidio fencers have been, and continue to be, a strong presence in the Southern California Division.
It is the opinion of the Awards Committee and the Executive Committee of the USFCA that the ability to take a collegiate club which fills its newcomer ranks each year with students utterly unfamiliar with fencing, and then produce a nationally competitive team, is an example of exemplary coaching, and therefore that Prévôt Robinson is well-deserving of this recognition.
Guidelines for the Coach of the Year Award (the Deladrier Sword)
The Deladrier Sword is named for the first president of the US Fencing Coaches Association, who was also a successful coach at the US Naval Academy. The award is presented to a fencing coach whose students, in one competitive season, have achieved particularly noteworthy success, taking into account the training conditions (either favorable or unfavorable) under which the coach worked. The successful students must be primarily, if not entirely, developed by the awardee, and their achievements determine the coach’s eligibility for the trophy.
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