Head Coach Young Chan Lee is a former coach of the Korean National Modern Pentathlon Team. Coach Young was awarded the Order of Sports Merit (Presidential Medal) by the Korean president, Lee Myung-Bak in 2009 for distinguished service in sports, in teaching physical education, and promotion and development of physical education and sports. As an expert in épée fencing, Coach Young was named the Coach of the Year in 2002 and 2004 by the Korean Olympic Committee. As a fourteen year veteran of the South Korean National Team, he has won 31 gold, 13 silver and 15 bronze medals in numerous international competitions including the gold medal in individual and team competition at the Modern Pentathlon World Games in Tokyo, Japan in 1995. He is certified as an Olympic judge by the Union International De Pentathlon Moderne. His training includes Bachelor and Master degrees in sports education from the Korean National Sports University. He was trained by the coach of the Hungarian National Fencing Team in Hungary in 1990.
Coach Bao Xiaoyan is an elite fencing coach from the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and a former member of China’s National Fencing Team. With 18 years of coaching experience, Coach Bao trained many novice fencers that became high-level elite fencers and members of China’s National Fencing Team. Coach Bao’s students represented China in numerous national and international competitions, including winning medals at the Senior World Fencing Championships, Junior World Fencing Championships, Asian Fencing Championships, Military World Games, and China’s National Fencing Championships. Coach Bao also published several academic research papers relating to the training of young fencers, including the award winning research paper entitled “Regarding the Psychological Training of Young Fencing Athletes.” Coach Bao specializes in training fencers at the Y12, Y14, Cadet, and Junior levels. In 2015, the General Administration of Sport in China awarded Coach Bao with the Senior Level Fencing Coach designation, the nation’s highest level of recognition for fencing coaches. Coach Bao also trained several professional fencing coaches in China. In addition, Coach Bao is an accomplished fencing referee. At the Chinese College Fencing Championships, Coach Bao received the Outstanding Fencing Referee Award in two consecutive years. As a fencer, Coach Bao was a member of China’s National Fencing Team and represented China in international competitions throughout Europe and Asia. Coach Bao won gold and silver medals at China’s National Fencing Championships and the Asian Fencing Championships, respectively. In 1996, the General Administration of Sport in China awarded Coach Bao with the Master Fencing Athlete designation, the nation’s highest level of recognition for athletes. Primarily an épée coach and fencer, Coach Bao has high-level expertise in combining training methods based on all three weapons (épée, foil, and saber). Coach Bao received a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education from the Nanjing Sports Institute in China.
Coach Hyun, the Korea Championship gold medalist in epee and foil, has won a lot of national competitions in Korea. During high school, she won gold medals in the team event of the Korea National Fencing Tournament. She also led the Daejun City Fencing Team to victory in the Korea National Championship. Prior to joining Penta Olympic Fencing Club, Coach Hyun coached the Daejun Girls High School Fencing Team in Korea.
Coach Jun Liang-Smith, world-class fencer possesses national and international experiences as a foilist, coach and referee. She is a two-time Olympian, competing on the 1992 and 1996 Chinese women’s foil teams. Ms. Liang-Smith is also a five-time Chinese National Champion and has also won two gold medals at the Asian Games and a bronze medal at the World Cup in Marseilles, France. As a coaching assistant at Penn State University (1998 – 2002), Ms. Liang-Smith was a major contributor in guiding the Men’s and Women’s Fencing teams to four NCAA Championships. Even though Ms. Liang-Smith has retired from competitive fencing, she picked up her foil once again and fenced on the Olde Town Fencing Club’s Women’s Foil Team in the Summer Nationals in 2013. She proved her competitiveness by leading the team in bringing home the gold medal.