Friends of CCNY Fencing
This group was established by a small number of CCNY (City College of New York) fencing alumni in the Spring of 2017.
Their mission is to help the CCNY Women's Fencing team improve its standing in collegiate athletics, among Division III schools. Unfortunately, there is no longer a Men's Fencing team at CCNY.
The founding members are Jack Lee, Arnold Messing, Jerry Moy and Joseph Wu.
- Aug. 2017
Anna Kornak - Epee
Congratulations to Anna Kornak who finished 16th at the NCAA Regional epee tournament on Mar. 11, 2018. She is a senior this year and will be graduating in June. We wish her success in the future. She has brought honor to our school in a very competitive environment under challenging conditions. We are very proud of her achievements.
There is a new Athletic Director for CCNY. Her name is Lydia Travis and she comes from Queens College. Here is her official appointment notice. We wish her the best and hope to work with her in the coming months to help the Women’s Fencing team.
We are planning an end of year team dinner. It will be on May 25, from 4:30-6:30 pm. Please hold this date. It will be a simple pizza dinner at a place near the College. We are also using this opportunity to honor one of the volunteer coach, Arnie Messing.
Summer BBQ - Westchester NY 2017
CCNY has a long prestigious history in the world of Collegiate Fencing going back to the 1920s. There were many distinguished coaches and athletes over a span of 50 years. Unfortunately, with the adoption of open admissions and later Title IX regulations, the fencing team has suffered. There is no Men's team in fencing anymore. In addition, due to NCAA changes, there are no freshmen teams, only Varsity. People may wonder why only a bunch of old men are part of our group to support the Womens team. We are ahead of our times...We are looking ahead to a future time where the Men's fencing team may be revived at CCNY. The only path to get there is to help the women's team succeed.
Because the mandatory physical education classes have been eliminated at CCNY, there is no pool of potential team members to draw recruits from. This has lead to a waning interest in the sport of fencing at CCNY. In other schools, there is a resurgence in this sport due to the popularity of fencing in the Olympics. The US Olympic team has done very well in this sport in recent years.
We former members and alumni would like to help CCNY reclaim some of the past glory.
If you would like to join our group, send me a note and I will add your name to the list. You will be put on a distribution list for news and information and events.
- Wang Yung
- John Karousos
- Dave Cypel
- Joel Breshin
- Teddy Pavlokos
- Milton Mui
- Eugene Leung
- Oleh Ilnytzkyj
- Dave Kiung
- Bill Warren
History of Activities...
- Organized a reunion dinner - Feb. 2017
- Creation of a website - Feb. 2017
- Initial proposal presented to CCNY officials in a conference call - May 2017
- Held a Family BBQ - July 2017
- Meeting with the CCNY Athletic Department - Sept. 2017
- donated 4 scoring machines to the school - Sept. 2017
Reunion Dinner - Chinatown NYC Feb. 2017
- Contact The Campus News to offer submission of articles to promote the fencing team on a regular basis. This was common practice back in the 1970s and many articles exist today in the CCNY digital archives. It is a rich source of CCNY fencing history.
- Some of our members are volunteers P/T coaches, Arnie in epee, Joe in Saber. Additional help is welcomed.
- Some have created lectures to help the students learn about fencing techniques. I have produced 14 mini lectures so far.
- We are also promoting the team in social media - FaceBook, where photos and stories and links relating to the team and members are posted. Joe Wu is the person to contact.
Honoring Past Coaches
In late 2016, it came to our attention that one of our past coaches, Frank Seeley has passed away. In an effort to pay our respect to Mr. Seeley, a group of us decided to contact the Seeley family and send them a gift basket, a letter of condolence along with a binder of old photographs and news clippings from the Campus. This gesture was well received by his widow and three adult children.
Many years ago, I wrote an article in the CCNY Alumnus magazine paying tribute to my coach Professor Edward Lucia. You can download the PDF file, Winter 2009 issue, scroll down to page 8. It contains many quotes from his former students who have been greatly impacted by his teachings. We shall be forever grateful for his guidance.
Coach Frank Seeley
Coach Edward Lucia
Coach Roi Green
Coach Neil Lazar
Details of the Coaches...
Tribute to the Coaches of CCNY Fencing
Edward Lucia (1914-1984)
Professor Lucia had a long successful career as Varsity fencing coach at CCNY from 1954-1975. He produced a large number of All-Americans and was inducted into the US Fencing Association Hall of Fame in 1974. He was also inducted to the CCNY Hall of Fame in 1971. He was selected to be one of the US Olympic coach in the1964 Olympiad. He is also an excellent marksman. His long career brought respect and excellence to CCNY fencing. We valued his coaching and his guidance in life lessons. This plaque is an acknowledgement of his dedication to the school he loved and the sport of fencing he cherished.
Frank Seeley (1930-2014)
Professor Seeley was a freshmen-fencing coach at CCNY and later elevated to Head Coach of the Varsity team. Frank is an Alumni of CCNY with a Masters Degree in Physical Education. In addition to coaching the fencing team, he also coached the baseball team. He had a particular passion for fencing and during his tenure as fencing coach he had the pleasure of coaching two CCNY fencers to become All-Americans-the highest achievement of any collegiate athlete. Frank was well respected and liked by all his students and we honor him with this plaque for his many years of dedicated service.
Roi Green (1928-2006)
Coach Green, a mighty powerhouse was a man of many creative talents. After graduating from Fordham University at Lincoln Center, he pursued his Masters in Education from the City College of New York in Guidance Counseling. He worked as a social worker for many years in NYC. Roi Green was much more than a coach to his players; he was a teacher too. Every moment for him was a chance to share a life lesson. He did this with a smile, hug and pat on the back. He was such a gentle soul and passionate man.
We appreciated his loyalty to the game and to his many students from all walks of life. We are all-indebted to Coach Green and will remember him forever.
Neil Lazar (1920-2012)
Neil graduated from New York City College with a Bachelor's degree in Biology. He taught biology, was an equestrian, and always had a passion for fencing. Neil was involved in fencing since 1937. He was well known in the sport of fencing and was a fencing master. Neil had a tremendous influence on fencing in New York, both in the city, where he was years ahead of everyone else in the colored uniform trend, and later upstate in the Binghamton and Owego area. He was nationally ranked in the top six in foil, epee and saber. Neil was inducted into the National Fencing Hall of Fame in 2001. Up until about two years ago, he was still giving fencing lessons from a wheelchair, as well as giving impromptu lessons at Binghamton University tournaments.
The Brass Tags on the Four Scoring Machines
The Whole Donation
Lewisohn Stadium - A touch of history...torn down in 1973 to make room for North Academic Center
It is our intent to work closely with CCNY Athletics Department to help the team. We will be meeting with the officials to discuss some activities that we think will help with recruitment of new members, and improve the team standing among division III schools. In addition, we intend to support the Development Office of CCNY to help raise funds to supplement the teams financial needs. We believe there is a need for a targeted fund specific to helping the sport teams at CCNY.
A Word From the Interim Athletic Director - Karina Jorge
Thank you and all friends of CCNY Fencing! Our student-athletes also enjoyed the event, especially speaking and competing with former CCNY fencers, and getting tips from Ellen, Jane and Wang. We look forward to growing this event and continue our engagement of your group and other CCNY alumni.
Have a wonderful day!
Update On Activities - November 29, 2017
We donated some used equipment salvaged from an old friend who used to teach fencing to some local high school girls. He donated misc. items to help our school.
Thanks to Mr. Marcel Miernik for his generocity.
Here is a summary of the items...
1. 4- right handed pistol grip handle only.
2. 2 - long extension cords for connecting scoring machine to reels.
3. 7 - foil body cords of questionable condition...needs to be tested.
4. A first aid kit.
5. Size 11 men's nike fencing shoe, almost new.
6. Right handed fencing glove - size 9.
7. 3 - pairs of long fencing socks - bright green color.
8. 4 - plastic women's chest protector.
9. 6 - plastron protector.
10. 5 - fencing jackets of various sizes.
11. 1 - fencing pant.
In addition, we are giving each girl a moleskin notebook to assist with taking notes on lessons and reminder on their opponents...
Some Ideas to Help the Team...
Sept. 26, 2017 - I suggest hiring a team manager who can be a voluntary student position. He or she can act as both equipment manager to keep all gear working properly and also assist the coach with some scheduling functions. He or she will be treated as a member of the team. He will attend all meets and assist with carrying equipment and also keeping scores and posting results asap...
The current coach is a P/T position and does not have a lot of time to handle scheduling issues and the like. His main duty should be providing instructions to the teammates. A team manager can off load some of his tasks.
We are looking to donate a portible glassless mirror to help the team check their forms. This is a standard equipment in all Fencing rooms.
Save This Date - Alumni Meet 1/13/2018
A new Alumni Meet is scheduled for Saturday, January 13, 2018, 4 pm - 6 pm, Nat Holman Gymnasium. Spread the word and invite your teammates. This meet was put back on the calendar this season. It should be interesting to see how the current team compete against former graduates of Women’s Fencing. Also, it would be a good opportunity to engage some graduates to get involved with helping the team, both in fund raising and in training...
A Great Success - Alumni Meet 2018
November 2017 Reunion at Infinity Fencing Alliance
Dave Cypel, Jack Lee, Jerry Moi, Milton Mui, Wang Yung, Dave Kiung, Joe Wu
Congratulations to Dr. Vincent Boudreau - President of CCNY Dec. 4, 2017
Asian Alumni Annual New Year Dinner - 3/2/2018
For detail information, here is link to the event. Many of our members will be attending. If you decide to join us, just send in reservation along with check $50 and specify you will be seating with the Fencers table.
Our group is an ad hoc organization that try to emulate other Friends organization with the intent of helping the team in any way possible.
Please consider volunteering your time to help. We have many openings and various area of opportunity including photography, publicity, writers, and assistant coaching...
You can contact us via the "contact the Author" above. Include your name and email contact and we will be in touch shortly. Your privacy is important to us. You are free to make comment and suggestions on how to help the team below.
On a personal note, I joined the Fencers Club in Sept. 2017 and started practicing once a week. Thanks to Arnie for getting me settled and acquainted with all. I also reconnected with a few fencers I knew from FAW 10 years earlier.
In addition, I was able to convince two of our teammates to take up fencing again. So far so good. They are considering switching from sabre to epee. It is a weapon more suitable for seniors...in my humble opinion.
CCNY Women's Varsity Fencing Team 2017
A Statement from the Founders (Disclaimer)
We are a private group of individuals. We are not connected in any way to the CCNY school or administration or the CUNY system.
We are just trying to promote and assist the fencing team in any way possible. We abide by all NCAA rules with regard to Division III schools. We do work closely with the Athletic Department of CCNY to provide any assistance.
A Series of Lectures on the Sport of Fencing by Jack Lee
- Fencing Introduction 101
A simple introduction to the sport of fencing.
- Introduction to Fencing 102
A continuation on the sport of fencing.
- Introduction to Fencing 103
Some basic practice moves in the sport of fencing.
- Introduction to Fencing 104
Continuation of a series of mini lectures on the sport of fencing
- Introduction to Fencing 105
A continuing series on some basic fencing skills.
- Introduction to Fencing 106
A continuation of the lecture series on the sport of fencing.
- Introduction to Fencing 107
A continuation lecture on the sport of fencing-point control.
- Introduction to Fencing 108
Continuing lecture on fencing - basic ercercises.
- Introduction to Fencing 109
A continuation of fencing lecture series - second intention.
- Introduction to Fencing 110
Continuing lectures on the sports of competitive fencing - broken tempo.
- Introduction to Fencing 111
The last of this series of lectures - for beginners.
- Introduction to Fencing 112
My personal journey - a continuation of my fencing experience.
- Introduction to Fencing 113
A continuation lecture series on fencing- the stop thrust.
- Introduction to Fencing 114
A continuation of fencing techniques.
- Introduction to Fencing 115
Coaching fencing is a rare skill. Only a small minority of fencers can teach fencing to others.
- Why the Sport of Fencing?
A personal essay on why fencing is becoming a mainstream sport.
Donations to Support Fencing at CCNY
We encourage all to visit the CCNY Donate page and donate as your finances would allow. The way to do it is to designate the funds to go to "Athletics" and then add a note in the "comment" section stipulating that it is to go specifically to the Women's Fencing Team. We are assured by CCNY Development office that the funds would be distributed accordingly and that a quarterly report will be published for full transparency.
Donation of Earnings on HubPages
I have decided to pledge all my earnings here on HubPages to CCNY Fencing. I average about 4-5 dollars per month. Payouts are made at a minimum of $50.
- The City College of New York Athletics
The official website for the The City College of New York Beavers athletics
- NCAA Publications - 2016-2017 NCAA Division III Manual - AUGUST VERSION - Available August 2016
2016-2017 NCAA Division III Manual - AUGUST VERSION - Available August 2016
- CUNY Foundation Guidelines
- Fencing Resources
Some resouces for the sport of fencing.
- Benefits of Joining a Sports Team
A personal essay on the benefits of joining a sports team.
© 2017 Jack Lee