William Becker

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William Becker

William Becker - Head Coach (cane@mindspring.com) William Becker graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and has a Master's of Arts degree in Physical Education from the University of South Florida. He has been involved in the art of fencing since 1983 and has been coaching since 1991. Mr. Becker began his fencing career under the tutelage of Jacques Piguet, a French master and former coach o Cornell University. He continued his fencing career with Geza Kogler and Miguel D’Alerta. He moved on to become a nationally ranked fencer under Maestro Valentin Nikolov. Maestro Nikolov was a member of the Bulgarian National Sabre team and later coached the Bulgarian National Team, where a member of the team was the world champion of sabre. Mr. Becker was the head coach of Broward Community College fencing club from 1991 until 2004 when the club relocated to the City of Hallandale Beach and was called South Florida Fencing Club. The South Florida Fencing Club enjoyed many successes at that location until Mr. Becker relocated to the Phoenix, AZ area in 2007. Mr. Becker also taught fencing at Barry University from 1998 to 2007. He is currently a nationally ranked referee holding an esteemed ranking of a 1 in sabre and a 3 in epee and foil. He also holds an esteemed international referee license in both foil and sabre which was obtained in 2007. Mr. Becker is currently the Arizona Division Chair and formerly the Southeast Section Chair and Gold Coast Florida Division Chair of the United States Fencing Association. He is also a member of the USA Fencing Board of Directors and a member of the Fencing Officials Commission. He has hosted numerous divisional, sectional and national tournaments with great success.   Mr. Becker has experienced many successes during his fencing career. He is a twenty-five-time Sunshine State games gold medalist, ten-time Florida Gold Coast division champion in Men’s Sabre, four-time Florida Gold Coast Division champion in Men’s foil and two-time division champion in Men’s Epee. Mr. Becker has been a finalist in foil, sabre and epee fifteen times at the Southeast Section championships. In 2003, Mr. Becker was the Southeast Section Men’s Sabre champion and has been a four time silver medalist and three times bronze medalist in the same event. He was a U.S. National Championship finalist in 1989, 1993, 2006-2010. In 2004, he was a member and coach of the Summer National championships Men’s Sabre Silver medal team and a member of the bronze medal Men’s Epee team. Mr. Becker has over 30 National tournament medals. Mr. Becker enjoys coaching students of all ages. He has coached many students to win national medals and now has three national champions. **Notable Accomplishments of Students **
  • 2017 Junior Men's Sabre U.S. National Team Member
  • 2017 Cadet Women's Sabre U.S. National Team Member
  • 2017 Junior Women's Sabre U.S. National Team Member
  • 2016 Cadet Women's Sabre U.S. National Team Member
  • 2016 Junior Women's Sabre U.S. National Team Member
  • 2016 Cadet Women's Sabre World Team Champion
  • 2016 Cadet Women's Sabre World Cup Champion: Konin, Poland
  • 2015 Cadet Women's Sabre World Cup Champion: Konin, Poland
  • 2015 Junior Men's Sabre U.S. National Team Member
  • 2014 Cadet Women's Sabre World Cup Champion: Konin, Poland
  • 2014 Junior Men's Sabre Puerto Rico National Team Member
  • 2014 Junior Men's Sabre U.S. National Team Member
  • 2014 Cadet Men's Sabre U.S. National Team Member
  • 2013 Cadet Men's Sabre U.S. National Team Member
  • 2013 U.S. University Games Team Member
  • 2013 Veteran 50 Men's Sabre National Team Member
  • 2010 Peruvian National Women's Sabre Champion
  • 2010 Junior Men's Sabre World Team Member
  • 2010 Junior Women's Sabre World Team Member
  • 2010 Junior World Championships 9th place Cadet Men's Sabre
  • 2010 Pan American Championships 1st place Cadet Men's Sabre
  • 2009 Men's Sabre National Collegiate Club Champion
  • 2009 Women's Sabre National Collegiate Club Champion
  • 2008 Vet 50 Men's Sabre National Champion 2008 Vet 50 Men's World Championship Team Member
  • 2008 Junior Olympics Cadet Men's Sabre Runner-Up
  • 2008 Div 1A Men's Sabre National Championship Silver and Bronze Medalists
  • 2008 Canadian National Team Member- Junior Women's Sabre
  • 2007 Canadian National Champion Cadet Women's Sabre
  • 2007 Canadian National Team Member- Cadet Women's Sabre
  • 2007 Vet 40 Men's Sabre National Championships - Runner-up
  • 2004 Summer Nationals Men's Sabre Team - Silver Medal
  • Numerous U.S. National Tournament Medalists
  • Top 32 Junior World Cup- Women's & Men's Sabre
  • Top 16 Junior World Cup- Women's & Men's Sabre
  • Top 8 Junior World Cup - Women's & Men's Sabre
  • Top 4 Junior World Cup - Women's & Men's Sabre
  • Gold Medalist Junior World Cup - Women's Sabre
  • Top 32 Cadet World Cup - Women's & Men's Sabre
  • Top 16 Cadet World Cup - Women's & Men's Sabre
  • Top 8 Cadet World Cup - Women's & Men's Sabre
  • Top 4 Cadet World Cup - Women's & Men's Sabre
  • Gold Medalist Cadet World Cup - Women's Sabre
  • Numerous Southeast Section Champions and Medalists
  • Numerous Rocky Mountain Section Champions and Medalists
  • Numerous Arizona State Champions and Medalists
  • Numerous Sunshine State Games Champions and Medalists
  • Numerous Gold Coast Florida and Arizona Division Champions and Medalists
  • Numerous students in NCAA and Collegiate Club Fencing Programs
  **Notable Students **
  • Kara Linder
    • 2016 Cadet World Team Women's Sabre
    • 2017 Cadet World Team Women's Sabre
    • 2016 Junior World Team Women's Sabre
    • 2017 Junior World Team Women's Sabre
    • 3 time Cadet World cup Gold Medalist
    • Junior World cup Gold Medalist
    • #1 Ranked Cadet Women's Sabre Fencer 2016 and 2017
    • Multiple time Pan American Gold Medalist
  • Calvin Liang
    • 2013 Cadet World Team Men's Sabre
    • 2014 Cadet World Team Men's Sabre
    • 2015 Junior World Team Men's Sabre
    • 2017 Junior World Team Men's Sabre
    • Junior Pan American Team
      • 2015
      • 2017
    • Multiple Time National Champion
    • Youth 14 National Points Champion
    • Youth 12 National Points Champion
    • Youth 10 National Points Champion
  • Gabriel Armijo
    • 2014 Junior World Team Men's Sabre
    • 2015 Senior Pan American Team Men's Sabre
    • 2015 World University Games Team Men's Sabre
    • National Champion: Senior Team Mens Sabre 2014
  • Jose Gonzalez
    • Multiple time Puerto Rican National Champion (Cadet, Junior, Senior)
    • Senior Puerto Rican Pan American Team Men's Sabre
    • Junior Puerto Rican Pan American Team Men's Sabre
    • Cadet Puerto Rican Pan American Team Men's Sabre
    • Senior Puerto Rican World Team Men's Sabre
    • Junior Puerto Rican World Team Men's Sabre
    • Cadet Puerto Rican World Team Men's Sabre
  • Donovan Deans
    • 2013 World University Games U.S. Team Men's Sabre
    • 2015 Jamaican Pan American Zonal Team Men's Sabre
    • U.S. National Champion: Senior Team Men's Sabre 2014
  • Alessandra Magini
    • Multiple time Canadian National Champion (Cadet, Junior)
    • Junior Canadian World Team Women's Sabre
    • Cadet Canadian World Team Women's Sabre
  • Zachary Johnson
    • 2016 Junior Pan American Team Gold Medalist
    • Junior Pan American Team
      • 2015
      • 2016
    • Cadet Pan American Team
      • 2015
      • 2016
  • Kimberly Young
    • Junior Pan American Team (Sabre)
    • Junior Pan American Team (Epee)
    • National Champion : Women's Sabre Team (Junior and Senior)
  • Dan Corrigan
    • 2013 Vet 50 Men's Sabre World Team
    • 2008 Vet 50 Men's Sabre National Champion
  • Ewan Douglas
  • Rhys Douglas