Michael Marx leads the academy with over 40 years of accumulated experience both as a coach and individual whose advice has been sought by sporting bodies world wide for the development of athletic programs. He is also the lead coach for the epee program at the academy.
Michael is a five-time Olympian (1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, and 1996), and is only male fencer in the last 70 years to have made US Olympic teams in foil and epee. Highlights in the course of his athletic career in men’s foil include winning a record eight US national championships, an individual bronze at the Pan American Games and an individual silver at the World University Games. He is a five-time United States Olympic Committee Athlete of the Year.
As a coach, Michael’s fencers have qualified for several US Olympic Games, represented the US on more than 70 World Teams, won World Cup and World Championship titles and more than 50 National Championships in both individual and team events. As the most recent success, foilist Julian Cheng - with whom he worked prior to entrusting the foil program to Ralf Bissdorf - achieved a Top 8 finish at the 2017 World Cadet Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.
The success of his students have also earned them Ivy League college placements.
Michael has served as Vice President of the United States Fencing Association (USFA). In 2007 he was named Developmental Coach of the Year by the USFA, and in 2018, National High School Coach of the Year. He has been inducted into the United States Fencing Association and The Oregon Sports Hall Of Fame. Michael earned his Fencing Masters’ Degree in Poland in 1992 under the tutelage of Zbigniew Czajkowski.