Coach T. Woody Kongsamut
Coach Woody grew up in New Jersey and has been fencing since 2002. Through middle school and high school, he trained with former Drew University head coach, Dayn DeRose, then fenced at Rutgers University for four years. During his competitive career, he earned individual and team medals at the local, state, regional, and collegiate national levels, but found his true calling in coaching. As saber coach at Chatham High School, Coach Woody led the nascent program to team and individual County and District championships in 2013 and 2014 before taking over as head coach of Mendham High School. He has coached and mentored students independently, and was previously on staff at Sebastiani Fencing Academy under head coach Michel Sebastiani, former Olympian and Princeton University head coach of 20+ years, before moving to the Bay Area in 2015.
Coach Woody's training philosophy emphasizes balance, athleticism, and mindfulness. In addition to fencing, Coach Woody is an avid distance runner and rock climber and enjoys recreational basketball and tennis.