Nick Dinu - Head Coach

 

Coach Nick has been fencing for 40 years and spent the last 30 years teaching kids and adults the secrets of this very exciting sport. An accomplished fencer himself, he is proud to have been national champion of his native Romania and to have represented his country at many international competitions.

But what he is most proud of is seeing his students succeed. And he has a proven track record for training for success. Among his most notable students at the Olympic Center for Juniors in his native Romania was Mihai Covaliu, Olympic and World Champion. In 1993, Coach Nick moved to Canada, were he continued developing national team members, including national champions Ursula Bero and Olga Ovtchinnikova. Olga also won the bronze medal at the 2002 Cadet World Championship and finished 15th representing Canada at the Olympics in Beijing 2008.

In 2006 Coach Nick moved to the United States. His students here have already had exceptional results, placing constantly on the podium at national and international events. The list of national champions he produced in the US includes Mary Barnett, Ian Jones, Ryan Jenkins, Morgan Jenkins and Kevin Sohn. 

Coach Nick enjoys working with elite fencers as well as novices. He teaches thru positive reinforcement and strives to create a fun and pleasant learning environment. He also believes that good pedagogy is one of the most important qualities of a fencing master.

 


Nick Kovalev - Coach

 

Coach Kovalev is a 3 time Olympian and bronze medalist at the 2012 London Olympic Games. He is also a 5 time World Champion and a 5 time European Champion. Coach K holds a Master's Degree from the National State University of Physical Education in Saint Petersburg, Russia..

Coach K brings his competitive winning attitude to the center, and leads our Elite and Advanced programs. He is available for private lessons Monday through Saturday.

 


Mike Ivankovic - Coach

 

Coach Mike has 23 years of fencing experience. He was a member of the Canadian National Cadet and Junior Sabre Squad. He competed internationally for Canada while training under Coach Nick during his time in Toronto.

In 2006, Coach Mike retired from competitive fencing to focus on coaching. Coach Mike is also a FIE certified international 3-weapon referee and has officiated at numerous international events, including the 2015 Pan American Games, 2015 Veteran World Championships and the 2015 World Military Championships.

Coach Mike shares with our students his knowledge of the sport thru a rare combination of experiences as an athlete, a referee and a coach.