Head coach and owner Nick Kovalev

Nick came to the United States in April 2017 after completing a successful, competitive sports career as a saber fencer. He is a 3-time Olympian and holds a Bronze medal from the 2012 London Olympic Games. Coach Nick also holds Gold medals in 5 World and European Championships.

He graduated in 2011 with a Master’s Degree from the National State University of Physical Education in Saint-Petersburg. Beginning in 2002, he was a consistent National fencing team member for Russia. Nick holds more than 23 years of fencing experience and was trained by many of the best National and European saber coaches.

He brings his experience, unique style and competitive winning attitude to his coaching lessons for West Coast Fencing Academy students. His love of fencing and his passion for teaching are always present in the Club. He is proud of his student’s results that show in medals like a Gold at 2018 US National Championships in Y12 saber, numerous top 8 finishing medals in Cadet, Junior, Y12 and Y14 at US National Championships, North American Cups (NAC), Regional and Sectional Youth Circuits (RYC & SYC) and other regional and national events.

His mission is for WCFA fencers to succeed in the sport of fencing while having fun in the accomplishments!