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Co-Owner and Head Coach: Bradley Cellier

Brad is a Pittsburgh native and started fencing at the age of 12 in 1979. Coach Cellier studied under Maitre d’Armes, John Wills, learned a formal French fencing style, and competed in the USA Junior Olympic Program. Recruited by Penn State, where he competed for four years, he served as a Coaching Assistant during his fifth year while completing his engineering degree.

As a competitor, Coach Cellier helped his Penn State Team capture the Bronze Medal his first two years, and the Silver Medal the next two years. He was voted MVP by his teammates and coaches during his senior year, and made the transition to help coach his team to their first of many NCAA Division I Championships in 1990. Coach Cellier finished 11th at the 2000 National Championships and Olympic Qualifiers, and was the 2009 Over-40 National Champion. He anchored the Over-40 National Championship Men’s Foil Team that won the Gold Medal in 2010 and 2011.

Coach Cellier is a founding member and part owner of the Three Rivers Fencing Center, teaching many of their fencing classes for all ages of fencers, and providing coaching during National-Level tournaments for the elite competitors. Brad has been the Pine-Richland High School Fencing Team Coach since 2006, with successes including a championship and bronze medal performances. He has over 30 years of competitive and coaching experience, studying under some of the best coaches from the USA, Australia, Russia, Poland and Bulgaria.

God has richly blessed me through the sport of fencing, both as a competitor and coach, but most importantly, as a person. What I love most about fencing is that you can always be getting better – it is truly a lifelong sport, and I can say that the old saying is correct, ‘Good at Fencing, Good at Life.” I look forward to introducing you to this most fantastic of all sports!”

Coach Sanja Savic

Fencing Experience: Coach Sanja started fencing in 1991 for the Fencing Club “Zeleznicar” which is the largest fencing club in Belgrade and Serbia. Ms. Savic competed in both foil and epee, ranked 8th and 7th, respectively in all of Serbia Sanja moved to the USA in 2000 and joined the Three Rivers Fencing Center the same year.

Coaching Experience: Sanja started coaching for Three Rivers Fencing Center, She began the Peters Township Recreation Center introductory fencing program, and due to the high demand in her classes, Coach Sanja introduced additional levels to their fencing program. She coached the Pine-Richland High School Fencing team from 2003 to 2005 where her team won three consecutive championships.

Family Information: Ms. Savic took a break from fencing when her son was born. Victor is now 4 years old (a master fencer in the making for sure) and Sanja is very excited about getting involved with coaching for Fencing Sports Academy.

I love fencing because it is a great work out, but above all a very interesting work out. After a few hours of fencing, you don’t even notice how much your muscles have worked and how sweaty you are! I also love it because it can improve your concentration, and you can fence no matter what age you are! Can’t wait to see you at FSAI."

Coach Franklin Bontempo

Frank began his fencing career at the age of 12. He studied briefly under Joe Odom before joining Three Rivers Fencing Center coached by Iana Dakova. Quickly developing his skills in high school he won two individual WPIAL championships and captained his team to titles in the same years. At the same time, Frank competed at the national level, becoming a top-50 fencer on the USA Junior Olympic circuit.

These successes led to his recruitment and acceptance to the University of Notre Dame. Over the next four years as a competitor, Frank helped his team win a NCAA Division I National Championship, a Bronze Medal and two fourth-place finishes. He also captained his team during his junior and senior years and trained at the Olympiastützpunkt Tauberbischofsheim facility in Tauberbischofsheim, Germany during the summer after his sophomore year. Frank still holds the record for second most victories all-time in men’s foil at Notre Dame.

“Coach” Bontempo continued to contribute to the local fencing community after returning to Pittsburgh following graduation. Frank has been an assistant coach at TRFC and the head coach of Mount Lebanon High School’s Boys’ and Girls’ teams. He also revamped TRFC’s physical conditioning class, which focused not only on strength, but flexibility, speed, and agility.

Any sport can push you to the limits physically. Fencing offers much more than that. In addition to the thrill of serious one-on-one competition, it teaches strategy, mental toughness, and sportsmanship. Personally, what I also love about fencing is that it’s an international sport that gave me the opportunity to compete with fencers from all over the world. There just aren’t many other sports out there like it."

Instructor Alex Collado

Alex began her fencing career during her sophomore year at Pine-Richland High School, studying under Coach Brad Cellier, and through classes at Three Rivers Fencing Center under Coach Iana Dakova. Progressing well, she served as Team Captain of the Women’s Squad during her Junior and Senior Years. As Captain, Alex led conditioning, warm ups, and fencing drills for the High School Team and helped coach her teammates during High School meets.

During her high school career, Alex also assisted Coach Cellier in teaching youth fencing classes through the Pine-Richland Fencing Club and Three Rivers Fencing Center. Alex led her Women’s Squad to the Bronze Medal during her Junior Year, and served as coach her Senior Year while doing physical therapy to recover from a sports-related injury. She recovered and led her team as competitor and Captain her final year.

Alex is now studying Nursing at Clarion University, and she is excited to have the opportunity to continue to share fencing with others.

I connected with the team, and nothing has felt more like family than my time with the fencing team. Fencing is not only a sport of teamwork and self endurance, but it taught me respect"

Coach Benjamin Jagger

Ben has been fencing foil for over 10 years and coaching for more than five years. He has fenced in both local and national competitions and has enjoyed successes in both. He maintains a competitive “C” rating through the United States Fencing Association. As a coach, he has taught both beginner and intermediate classes and camps. He also referees for the local high school fencing league. Ben is currently a student at Duquesne University studying biochemistry.

Fencing is a great sport that has so much to offer and I am very excited to share my passion and knowledge with others."

Instructor Lance Schrecengost

Certifications: Lance earned his Certified Personal Trainer (ACE) certificate in 2001. He then went on to complete his High Intensity Training Specialist certification in 2004. In order to continue his personal training background and focus on training youths for school related sports programs, Coach Schrecengost completed his Youth Training Specialist (IYCA) certification program in 2005.

Education & Experience: Although Lance began his formal education to become a High School Math Teacher, (he completed his BS from University of Pittsburgh in Mathematics in 1992), his passion has always been athletics and training. Lance went on to become an Assistant Football Coach, Delaware Valley H.S. in 1995. Finally, in 2002. Coach Lance realized his dream of opening his own training facility and is presently the Owner, Operator & Head Trainer of Schrec's Health Club. His working knowledge of personal training makes him an exceptional addition to our coaching staff. Whether you are a parent looking to stay in (or get into) good physical shape, a youth looking to enhance your school sports abilities, or a fencer looking to learn the specifics of training to become a competitive fencer, you cannot ask for a better match than Coach Schrecengost.

Training Philosophy • Client ages span from teens to 80's • Designed personalized workouts • Hockey, football, baseball, volleyball, swimming, and lacrosse. • Weight loss • Post surgical recovery with physician's recommendations • Strength & muscle building for competition

Points of Interest/Personal Interests • Drug-free powerlifter competing in meets since 1986. • Red Belt in Tang Soo Do

Passion + Dedication = Success"