Head Coach Cyndi Lucente
Cyndi began fencing in 1993 at Virginia Tech. She went on to serve as Captain of the women's team from 1995 to 1997, Chair of the Virginia Intercollegiate Women's Fencing Association in 1997, and women's foil coach in 1998. Cyndi has studied under many coaches, including Carl Przystawik, and is currently coached by Allen Evans of Dominion Fencing. She has also attended coaching clinics by Michael Marx. She and her husband Tom have been instrumental in making Richmond Fencing Club the success that it is today. Cyndi has been actively coaching at RFC since 2000 with a focus on competitive foil. She is also a nationally rated referee in all three weapons and has served on the VA Division board as a member-at-large from 2002 to 2005 and Treasurer from 2006 to 2008.
Cyndi is a four-time Virginia Division Women’s Foil Champion (2005-2007, 2010) and a finalist in 2003-2004, and 2008. Cyndi was the Southeast Section Women's Foil Champion in 2010. She was the VA Division Women's Foil Points Champion from 2003 to 2011. She has also been a two-time Kickoff Women’s Foil Champion in 2006, 2008, Hangover Classic finalist in 2007 and 2009, semi-finalist in 2010 and 2012 and a Charm City finalist in 2008. Cyndi has had top 8 results in the mixed events as well. She was also a member of the Women’s Epee and Foil Championship teams in 2006 and 2010, both a first for Richmond Fencing Club. She is still an active competitor and consistently places in the top 8 of Virginia tournaments. Cyndi has earned a B14 in Foil, and is a Nationally rated Referee.
Currently, Cyndi teaches intermediate and advanced level foil classes, and also provides private lessons in foil.
Coach Matt Stone
Matt began fencing in 1985 learning foil under Coach Van Wolosin at Newfield HS in NY. His high school was well known for fencing having sent a foilist from Newfield to the ’76 Olympics (under coach Wolosin). In his senior year Matt fenced Varsity for the undefeated League and County championships (Suffolk County had 11 high schools with Varsity fencing programs).
Going on to Virginia Tech Matt was soon Captain of the Sabre team leading them to victories in the 90, 91 and 92 seasons of the Mid Atlantic Fencing College Associations. While there he won the Virginia cup for Sabre. Virginia Tech’s Sabre team took first place in State Divisional championships three years running and in 1993 Matt was on the divisional championship team for Sabre, Epee and Foil that year. Matt was a competitive fencer (mostly Sabre) from 85-95 fencing in Division 1 nationals and various division 1 circuit events.
In the early 90s when the US had their first Sabre team championships three of the four members of the winning team were Sabre students of Matt’s.
In 1993 Matt was selected to get his Foil Certification at the coaches college in Colorado Springs by Maestro Marx and Maestro Beguinet.
A founding member of the Richmond Fencing Club Coach Stone taught foil classes at RFC from 2000 to 2003. He looks forward to coming back to this club that means so much to him.
Coach Helen Mays
Helen started fencing when she was twelve years old in Jackson, Mississippi. During her first few years as a fencer, she won several state championships and continued to be an active fencer when she moved to northern Virginia. Once there she fenced with Greg Kaidanov at Ronin Fencing Club for 3 years. where she competed in both local and national tournaments. In 2010 she moved to Richmond to attend Virginia Commonwealth University, where she graduated in 2014 with degrees in Psychology and Sociology. Helen earned a B14 in Epee at the 2014 Hangover Open.
Helen teaches or assists with beginner and intermediate level Foil and Epee classes, and is available for both Foil and Epee lessons.
All Richmond Fencing Club Coaches, Assistants, and Board Members are committed to providing a safe environment for all of our students and members, and have completed SafeSport training to help them recognize abuse and bullying in Sport.
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