Kolombatovich, George

George Kolombatovich– International referee and official, successful NCAA coach
International Referee: has refereed in three Olympic Games, in World Championships or Olympic Games in all three weapons, and in Junior/Cadet World Championship


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Member of the FIE Refereeing Commission (Commission d’Arbitrage), 2000-2008; President of the Commission 2004 – 2008
Chair or Co-chair (with Ralph Zimmerman) of the US Fencing Officials Commission (FOC) 1983 – 1999
Referee or chief of referees at the Pan American Games 1987 – 2007; Referee, Coach, or Chief of Mission at the Junior Pan American Games 1988 – 2006; First Vice President of the Pan American Fencing Confederation 1987 – 2007
DT President and Assigner of Officials for three Paralympic Games (1996, 2000, 2004)
US Coach at five Junior World Championships, 1981 – 1985)
Chief of Mission, Senior World Championships, 1999; Captain at Senior Pan American Games, 1999
Head Coach or co-Head Coach (with Aladar Kogler) of the Columbia University varsity fencing teams, which won five NCAA Championships
George Kolombatovich, Fencing Master

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Andy Shaw interviews George Kolombatovich at the 2010 Junior Olympics in Memphis, Tn.
• 1957-Present: Member of the United States Fencing Association
• 1968-1970: Treasurer of the Long Island Division
• 1969-1982: Combat Choreographer for the Metropolitan Opera. (Also worked at Cincinnati Opera, Denver Opera, Frankfurt Opera, Miami Opera, New York City Opera)
• 1969-Present: USFA Licensed Referee.
• 1970-1978: Fencing Coach and Owner of the Huntington Fencing Academy in Huntington, Long Island, New York. (Students won National Under 19 and Junior Olympic Championships; they also were on the USA National Junior Team.)
• 1975-1977: Adjunct Professor, Theatre Department, State University of New York at Purchase
• 1977-1978: Assistant Fencing Coach, New York University
• 1978-1979: Assistant Fencing Coach, Columbia University
• 1979-Present: Director of Fencing and Head Coach, Men’s Varsity and Women’s Varsity Fencing Teams (Teams have won five NCAA Championships and 25 Ivy Championships.)
• 1981-1985: Coach of USA National Team to the Junior World Championships, 1981: Lausanne, Switzerland; 1982: Buenos Aires, Argentina; 1983: Budapest, Hungary; 1984: Leningrad, USSR; 1985: Arnhem, Netherlands
• 1981-Present: Member of the United States Fencing Association’s Fencing Officials Commission
• 1982: Wrote first written test for USFA Referees that did not have the ambiguity
• 1983-1999: For twelve years during this period, Chair or Co-Chair (with Ralph Zimmerman) of the United States Fencing Association’s Fencing Officials Commission
• 1985: Wrote USFA Referees’ Handbook
• 1987-2003: Refereed or was in charge of referees at the Pan American Games
• 1987-2006: FIE Licensed Referee. (Started in 1987 because prior to then, Professionals were not allowed to hold an FIE Referee License. An FIE License to referee is automatically removed upon ones sixtieth birthday.) Selected by the FIE to referee in three Olympic Games. Have refereed in the finals of the World Championships or Olympic Games in all three weapons. Have refereed in every Junior/Cadet World Championships 1989-2000.
• 1988-2005: Elected each year as First Vice President, Confederación Panamericana de Esgrima, (Pan American Fencing Confederation)
• 1988-2005: President, Comisión de Reglamento y Arbitraje (Rules and Referees Commission), Confederación Panamericana de Esgrima, (Pan American Fencing Confederation)
• 1988-2006: Referee, Coach, Chief of Mission (Sometimes all three) at the Junior Pan American Championships
• 1989: Chief of Mission, USA Team to World Championships, Seoul, Korea
• 1989: Team Captain, USA Team to Pan American Games
• 1996, 2000, 2004: DT President and Assigner of Officials for the Paralympic Games in Atlanta, Sydney, and Athens
• 1998-2002 and 2008-Present: Member of the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Fencing Committee
• 2000-2008: Elected in 2000 and 2004 as member of the International Fencing Federation’s (Fédération Internationale d’Escrime) Refereeing Commission (Commission d’Arbitrage)
• 2001: FIE Delegate to Senior World Championships, Nimes, France
• 2002: FIE Delegate to Junior World Championships, Antalya, Turkey
• 2003: FIE Delegate to Senior World Championships, Havana, Cuba
• 2004: FIE Delegate to Junior World Championships, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
• 2004: FIE Delegate to Olympic Games, Athens, Greece
• 2004-2008: Elected President of the International Fencing Federation’s (Fédération Internationale d’Escrime) Refereeing Commission (Commission d’Arbitrage)
• 2005: FIE Delegate to Senior World Championships, Leipzig, Germany
• 2007: FIE Delegate to Senior World Championships, St. Petersburg, Russia
• 2008: FIE Delegate to Junior World Championships, Acireale, Italy