Aug. 11, 2014
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern head fencing coach Laurie Schiller has named Zach Moss as the program's assistant coach for the upcoming 2014-15 campaign.
"I am very excited to have Zach join our program," said Schiller. "I've known him for many years and he will lend a dynamic and energetic presence to the team. He has already accomplished a great deal on the high school level, plus he's been mentored by one of our top national coaches, so I know that Zach is ready to move up to the collegiate level and really help our program."
"I'm very excited about the opportunity to work with a program that has such an outstanding reputation and history," said Moss. "I hope to be able to help build on that tradition and strengthen the program. I really look forward to meeting the team and working with all the student-athletes."
Moss comes to Evanston with an extensive background as both a competitive fencer and as a coach. The Lee, N.H., native matriculated to Duke University in 2004, where he would go on to become a four-year letterwinner for the Blue Devils. Moss, who fenced epée at the collegiate level, was a regular starter and an NCAA Mid-Atlantic/South Regional Championship qualifier. He also served as team captain during his senior season (2007-08) and was a two-time ACC Academic Honor Roll member.
Upon graduating from Duke, Moss headed to the state of Minnesota where he has remained active in the fencing community since 2008. He joined the Twin Cities Fencing Club where he studied and trained under United States Olympic coach Ro Sobalvarro. He also assisted in coaching and mentoring fencers of all levels at the club.
In 2010, Moss became the head fencing coach at Saint Paul Academy and Summit School. In four years, Moss helped guide the program to a pair of team state championships and two individual state titles. In addition, Moss increased participation at the school by nearly 150 percent.
Moss also has strong experience at the administrative level. Since 2011, he has served as the Director of Competitions for the Minnesota High School Fencing Coaches Association. In that role he aided in the planning and operation of the Minnesota State High School Fencing Championship and increased the number of participating teams by approximately 25 percent. He is also a certified personal trainer and a United States Fencing Association and NCAA referee who has experience officiating at various levels since 2000.
Moss graduated from Duke in 2008 with Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and theater studies. He also earned a certificate in film/video/digital production and was a Dean's List student. Moss is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Sport Management from Concordia University.
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