Stephen Olson enters his second year of leading the fencing programs at GSB. He has been fencing competitively for over eight years, and he also coaches at the Manchen Academy of Fencing.
Last season, the Knights saw incredible success under Olson, as the girls' squad placed second overall in the "B" Division at the Prep Championships, and had multiple fencers advance to the individual state championships.
Olson was a prolific fencer in high school, being named Third-Team All-State in foil his senior year, and his foil squad placed top-three at the state championships his sophomore, junior, and senior years. He won the CHAOS tournament (tournament for college club fencing teams) during the 2017-2018 season while competing for Drexel University. He also medaled in Men's Foil at the USFA Division II Men’s Foil National Championship.
"My favorite part of fencing is the ethical aspect," says Olson. "I believe fencing instills values of respect and honor into the minds and actions of those who take part. Traditionally, and even now, the sport is still centered around the idea of an honorable duel."
Olson has also refereed the NJSIAA District and State Championships, and he says, "GSB fencers always stood out for having a very respectful and eager-to-learn group of students, and I am excited to be working with them this season."
The coed fencing team allows students to improve their fencing skills while preparing them for the varsity program in the Upper School. The program has yielded talented athletes as it won the Middle School invitational in 2016 against other local private schools.
The girls’ fencing program continues to grow in roster size and competitiveness. The Knights have had numerous scholar-athletes win medals at the Prep B Championships while also claiming All-Conference honors. Last year, the sabre team was one of the top-ranked squads in the state and won the Prep B title. In 2007, the Knights claimed the Prep B title in epee.
Raritan Division of Skyland Conference, NJISAA- Prep B Championships, and Somerset County Interscholastic Athletic Association
Approximate ending date:
End of February