Aug. 12, 2013
EASTON, Pa. - Joel Robert Thompson, an assistant coach at Drew University this past season, has been named the new head fencing coach, Lafayette Director of Athletics Bruce McCutcheon announced Monday afternoon.
"We are excited to have Joel join the Lafayette family as our new fencing coach," McCutcheon said, "Joel brings great experience as both a high level fencing competitor and coach. We look forward to his leadership."
"I am very proud and excited to have been appointed as the Head Fencing Coach at Lafayette College. I have immediately fallen in love with the campus. This is a fantastic program and has seen a great amount of growth and success in recent years under Tom Gauntner," Thompson said. "I hope to continue and build upon the standard of excellence that has been set here by Coach Gauntner, especially with our consistent success in the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Fencing Association (MACFA)."
"We have a fantastic group of student-athletes here at Lafayette and we are hoping to add some dedicated athletes to develop behind our stellar and experienced returning starters," Thompson continued. "Coaching here at Lafayette is a dream come true for me and so I will return the honor by serving this post with dignity and dedication."
Thompson comes to Lafayette from Drew University, where he assisted in all aspects of the program, while also coaching at South Mountain Martial Arts and Fencing Academy in the Epee division.
Prior to his time at Drew, Thompson had a three year career at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. While at UNC, Thompson qualified for the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Tournament twice in the Epee division, and made the Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Honor Roll in 2008-2009.
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