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Maksim Zaitsev

Head Coach

Maksim Zaitsev has 22 years of fencing experience. He started fencing at the age of 8 and he was a finalist and semi-finalist at a multiple national events in Estonia. He was a Head Epee Junior Team Coach at the Boston Fencing Club and the Head Coach for all three weapons at the Dana Hall School in Wellesley, Massachusetts, Head Epee Coach at Ridge High School in Columbia High School, Montclair Kimberley Academy in New Jersey and other schools and fencing clubs where he brought up many successful fencers.

He holds his BA in Economics from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
He has 22 Years of fencing experience, specializing in Epee. Maksim started fencing at age of 9 in 1988 in Tallinn, Estonia.


University of Massachusetts, Boston,MA Bachelor of Arts in Economics, class 2005

Personal Achievements

Master of Sport of Fencing (A- Epee)
Estonian Junior National Finalist
Multiple finalist and semi finalist at National Championships
Coached by National and Olympic coach Samuil Kaminsky

10 Years of Coaching Experience

New Jersey Fencing Alliance 2012-2014

Medeo Fencing Club, NJ 2011-2012

MKA (Montclair Kimberley Academy) 2013-2015

Ridge High School, NJ (Women Epee Squad Champions, 2012) 2011-2012

Columbia Highschool (State Champions for many years)

Dana Hall High School, MA (Head Coach) 2004-2006

Boston Fencing Club, MA 2001-2004

Anastasia (Nastia) Ferdman


Coach Nastia was born into a fencing family and was coached by her legendary father Yaaqov Ferdman since the age of 5. She represented Israel as a national team member from 1999- 2006. In 2006 she received a full scholarship at Penn State University and after graduation she began coaching full time.

Athletic Achievements

14 times Israeli National team member (starting in 1999- 2006 was part of every National team in Cadet, Juniors and Seniors in that time period)

13 times Israeli National Champion:

5 times in Senior
5 times in Junior
3 times in Cadet

5 times semi-finalist at junior world cups 

BRONZE medalist at junior World championship 2000

SILVER team medalist at European Championships and 5th individual

8th at Cadet world Championship in Turkey 2002

NCAA team Champion 2007, 2009, 2010
Individual NCAA Champion 2009
First Team All-American 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
Regional Champion: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

Temple University Assistant Coach 2012-2014


Coaching Education at Vingate Sports Institute of Israel 2005-2006

Penn State University 2006-2010

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