OUR TEAM

MEET THE PEOPLE WHO FUEL THE INSPIRATION AND PASSION AT WEST BERKELEY FENCING CLUB.

Mark Headley

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Cole Harkness

FENCING MASTER

Cole began fencing in 1980 at Salle DeCesare in San Jose, CA. He was a varsity team member at San Jose State University from 1983-1985 under Maestro Michael D’Asaro. He has been a Pacific Coast Championship finalist three times, and a member of the 1992 Bronze-medal National Championship men’s foil team. He was USFCA Master & Prevot Champion in foil twice and medaled in épée sand sabre. He was an “A”-rated foilist for 10 years.

He is a certified Fencing Master (USFCA, IAA) and successfully completed the A-Trainer coaching course at Tauberbischofsheim, Germany. His students have been finalists in International, National, Sectional, Divisional competitions in foil and épée. He was Head Coach of Halberstadt Fencers Club in San Francisco from 1990 to 1994. He currently serves on the Certification/ Accreditation Board of the USFCA (United States Fencing Coaches Association) which develops training and testing curricula for US fencing coaches.

In 2007 he returned to full-time coaching when he joined the M-Team under Head Coach Mt. Greg Massialas. The M-Team has been the most successful men’s foil program in the United States and one of the top programs in the world, capturing World Championship titles in Cadet Foil individual twice, Junior World team twice and top 16 finishes in both 2008 and 2012 Olympics.

David Sinkkonen

DIRECTOR / COACH

Doug Nichols

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF WEST COAST FENCING ARCHIVE

Doug began fencing at Cabrillo College in 1977 under the tutelage of Len Carnighan. Transferring to San Jose State in 1979, he trained under Olympian and Olympic team coach Michael D’Asaro. In all, Doug trained with Maestro D’Asaro for 13 years. At SJSU, Doug won the Western Regionals NCAA qualifier and was an NCAA championships finalist in 1981. A three weapon fencer, he was an A rated foilist and a member of the gold medal-winning Pacific Coast Championship foil team from The Fencing Center in 1985.

After graduation, he coached at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA before beginning a 25 year career in animated films, working for Disney, Pixar, Dreamworks and Lucasfilm. He has returned to the sport as a co-manager of WBFC, as well as serving as Executive Director of the West Coast Fencing Archive.

Ryan Arieta

Ryan Arieta

COACH

Elizabeth Earls

CLUB MANAGER

Elizabeth started fencing in 1997 with George Platt. She has competed in both individual and team sabre at junior, senior, and division I levels. Elizabeth also serves as an event organizer and official for local and regional tournaments. She thought she had left the sport to further education and career only to be drawn back in by the unique and vibrant community at West Berkeley.

Once a fencer, always a fencer.

Elizabeth Earls