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GGFC coaches have over 100 years of coaching experience at all levels - from beginning fencers to Olympic athletes. Our coaches have produced Olympic fencers, national champions, world cup medalists and introduced thousands of children and adults to the sport of fencing. 

GGFC coaches are Positive Coaching Alliance Certified and professional coach members of the US Fencing Association

A panoramic photo of Golden Gate Fencing Center during a training session
GGFC has 9 metal strips, changing rooms, storage lockers, a parent and homework lounge, an armory and more!
Paul Soter 
Bob Cotter
  • Paul Soter

    • US Fencing National Women's Epee Coach

    • US Fencing National Men's Epee Coach 2000-2005

    • US Fencing Olympic coach, Men's Epee 2004, Athens, Greece

  • Bob Cotter:

    • A founding coach of Golden Gate Fencing Center

    • Three National Silver medals in Team Men's Epee.

    • Top 20 NAC finishes in Men's epee

    • Bronze Medalist in Veteran's Men's Epee NAC

    • Pacific Coast Champion in individual and Team Men's Epee

  • Mike Pederson:

    • US Fencing National Women's Foil Coach 2004 - 2009, 2010

    • US Olympic Committee Fencing Coach of the Year 2007

    • US Fencing Olympic coach, Women's Foil 2008, Beijing, China- SILVER MEDAL WF TEAM EVENT!

    • US Fencing High Performance Director, 2009

    • Canadian National Team Coach Women's Foil, 2012 - Present

  • Maureen Griffin:

    • US Fencing National Junior and Cadet Women's Epee Coach 2009-2013 

    • Qualified in Foil for Canada to the 1982 Jr and Cadet world championships

    • 1995 Canadian Women's Foil Team- Pan am Games -5th Place.

    • NCAA Div 1 Scholarship for foil fencing to UW Madison where she was a four year letter winner.

    • Seven time Canadian National Team member in women's epee

    • 11 time Medalist in  women's epee at US NAC events and Canadian Cup competitions.

    • 5 time gold medalist in Canadian National Epee Team Championships

    • Bronze Medalist 1995 Western Hemisphere Olympic Zonal Qualifier

Maureen Griffin
Mike Pederson
Coach Paul Soter
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