Frank Van Dyke
Frank Van Dyke, the Red Rock Fencing Center Director, is a certified board member of the USFF Fencing Coaches Association and former certified member of the US Fencing Coaches Association and has more than 35 years of fencing and coaching experience.
Frank teaches and competes in all three weapons and is a nationally-rated referee in all three weapons. Recently, Frank served as the Pacific Coast Section Chair for 13 years.
Frank trained under the legendary fencing masters of Dr. Bill O' Brien of Letterman Fencing Center; Peter Pastel, Russian Olympic coach; Marcos Lucchetti, Argentina Olympic member and a former coach at Princeton University. Frank also lived, studied and trained from 1985-87 under Emil Beck, German National Olympic coach; and Gabriel Nillaba, Polish Olympic coach at Tauberbishofsheim, Germany, where the West German Olympic Training Center is located. Frank is a current world class "A" rated épée fencer, and he is s a specialist in strip tactics, team tactics and using the mental game to win.
training & Competitions
Frank has competed in countless local,national and international tournaments and trained with some of the most respected fencing masters in the world.
■ Member of the US Veterans World Championship Epee Team 2013
■ Bronze medal, Veteran World Champinships
■ Member of the US Olympic Festival Team
■ Top 16 World "A" Cup finish - épée
■ Five-time World "B" Cup finalist - épée
■ National Epee Champion USFF, 2012
■ National Gold medallist in Veterans Epee and Saber, United States Fencing Federation, 2010 & 2011
■ Three-time Gold Medallist of the Pacific Coast Championships in both individual and team epee
■ Pacific Coast Section Circuit Champion - Golden Sword Award
■ Two-time California State Games Champion - épée
■ Nevada Division Men's Sabre Champion - 2003
■ Nevada Division Men's Epee Champion - 1998-2005;2007- 2009
■ Nevada Division Men's Foil Champion - 2006
■ Nationally ranked #1 in Men's 40 Veteran Épée - 2002-2003, USFA
■ Rranked #1 in Men's 50 Veterans Épée, USFA , #1 in USFF and #3 in the World, 2013-2014
■ Three-time Duel in the Desert finalist
■ Winner of the 2011 USFF Ironman Challenge
■ World Class and USA "A" rated fencer (1987 - present).
■ The only "A" rated fencer in Nevada rated in both fencing federations and Internationally at the same time.
■ More than 400 medals in local, Division, Sectional, National and International competitions
■ Board Member of the USFF Fencing Coaches Association
■ Coach of the year USFF 2010
■ Coached the 2002 Jr. Olympic Foil Champion
■ Coached and trained the 1998 Women's Pacific Coast Section Circuit Épée Champion
■ Coached the 2007 Pacific Coast Section Circuit Y14-Y12-Y10 Women's Sabre, Y-14 Women's Foil, Y-12 Men's Épée Golden Sword Champions.
■ Coached the 2007 Nevada Division Men's and Women's Sabre Champion
■ Coached the Men's Y-12 Épée National Finalist 2008
■ Coached the Men's Y-10 Sabre Pacific Coast Champion 2009
■ Coached the Men's USFF National Epee Champion 2010 & 2011
■ Coached the USFF National Saber Champion 2010
■ Coached the Pre-Youth (8 and under) USFF National Foil Champion 2010