(Photo by Oscar Williams, LLC)
Stacey Johnson, Vinnie Bradford, Gay Jacobsen D’Asaro (Photo by Andy Shaw)
Stacey Johnson, Gay Dasaro, and Vincent Bradford
Stacey Johnson started her competitive fencing career at age 11, made her first international team at 16 and ultimately secured a berth on the1980 U.S. Olympic Fencing Team. Stacey retired from fencing in 1984 but remains active in sports today serving on the San Antonio Sports Executive Committee.
Stacey served as the President of the U.S. Fencing Association from 2000-2004, only the second woman in USFA history to hold this office and the first to complete a four-year term in office. One of her greatest accomplishments as president was working to secure Women’s Saber onto the Olympic program in the Athens Olympics in 2004. She helped to lead a strong international effort which included creating a Pan American voting block to help ensure women’s equity in the sport of fencing. In Athens, the U.S. went on to win its first Olympic medals since 1984 and the first medals for women fencers in history.
Stacey also served as USFA Vice President from 1992-1996 in the Steve Sobel Administration. Steve Sobel was a strong mentor to Stacey in both the fencing world and the Olympic movement. Stacey’s last position with the USFA was Chair of the USFA High Performance Committee from 2006- 2008. Stacey and teammate Gay Jacobsen were the first two women named to the USFA Fencing Officials Commission and obtained international referee licenses at a time when few women were refereeing. Stacey served for many years on the USFA’s High Performance/International Committee and as an Athlete’s Representative for the USFA and for the USOC’s Athlete Advisory Committee as well.
Stacey served on the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Executive Committee 2003-2004 and as Vice President of the National Governing Body Council from 2002-2004. She served on the USOC Board of Directors from 1996-2004.
Listed below are some of Stacey’s sporting highlights:
- Member of the 1980 Olympic Fencing Team
- 1982 Olympic Sports Festival Individual Champion and Gold Medal Team Champion
- Four-time All American 1976-79
- Two-time National Collegiate Champion 1976 & 1979
- Four-time National Collegiate Team Champion 1976-79
- Held Collegiate individual record for team win/loss (305-1)
- Member of two World University Games Teams, 1977&1979
- Three-time U.S. National Team Champions – 1974, 1976-77/
- Five-times U.S. National Championships individual finalist 1974, 1977-79, 1982
- Member of three Junior World Teams (1973-75 Buenos Aires, Argentina; Istanbul, Turkey; and Mexico City, Mexico)
Special Note: Gerald Poujardieu was Stacey’s first coach and Michael D’Asaro was Stacey’s coach from her college days to the end of her competitive career. The San Jose State University Team of Vinnie Bradford, Stacey Johnson and Gay Jacobsen/D’Asaro was a collegiate and U.S. National Championship dynasty, winning all four years in college and three U.S. National Team Championships in women’s foil.
* Member USOC Executive Committee from Feb. 2003 – June 2004
Member USOC Board of Directors, Representing US Fencing – 1996-2004
USOC National Governing Body Council Officer (VP) 2000-2004
Member of 2012 Task Force Recommending the Olympic U.S. Bid City
U.S. Olympic Committee “Project Gold” Leadership Graduate 1996
Member USOC Athlete Support Committee 1996-2000
Torch Bearer for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games (San Antonio, TX) – Dec. 2001
* NCAA Silver Anniversary Award Winner – 25 years of outstanding service/contributions Jan. 2004
* Chair of High Performance for U.S. Fencing 2006-2008
President of the U.S. Fencing Association 2000-2004
Member of the International Federation Congress Board (FIE) 2000-2004
Vice President for the U.S. Fencing Association for 1992-96
Vincent Hurley, Stacey Johnson, Gay D’Asaro purchased from the Helms Hall of Fame collection in Los Angeles
San Jose State Team: Hope Konecny, Vinnie Bradford, Coach Mike D’Asaro, Stacey Johnson, Sharon Roper
Vinnie Bradford, Gay DAssaro and Stacey Johnson on the Queen Elizabeth II with Carl Borack, 1985
Rene Roch (seated), Francisco Martin, Stacey Johnson
Stacey,Monique, Chaba, Olga, Monique & Ann – women’s foil team