Massialas, Greg

Greg Massialas

Greg is a 3-time USA Olympian (1980, 1984, 1988), Olympic Referee (1996), and     3-time USA Olympic Coach (2016, 2012, 2008).

Since his first Jr. World Championship in 1971, Greg has evolved as a top-level fencer, referee, and elite level Olympic coach. In many ways his greatest contribution to USA Fencing is his coaching, both as a personal and National Coach, where he has helped transform USA Men’s Foil into a major international power.

In 1998, Greg started the Massialas Foundation (MTEAM) with the goal of developing the champion that exists inside every fencer. He started from scratch, only teaching young beginner fencers, and in less than 10 years he developed his first Olympian. Currently his fencers are ranked #1, and #3 in the World.

So far, his students have earned a USA record 34 World Championship Foil Medals from Cadet, Jr. and Sr. World Championships. His students have also earned the tittle of World Champion, 12 times!

At the start of the 2011-’12 Olympic season, Greg was appointed as the USA National Men’s Foil Coach. At that time, the USA Men’s Foil Team had just finished 11th at the Sr. World Championships, and was very unsettled. In less than a year, he turned things around, and helped lead TEAM USA to a 4th place finish at the London Olympic Games. Then in 2013, for the first time in the history of the USFA/AFLA, he led the USA Men’s Foil Team to a Silver Medal at the Sr. World Championships. During that 2013 season, the USA Men’s Foil Team placed 1st or 2nd in every World Cup that they fenced in. At the conclusion of that season, and for the first time ever, the USA Men’s Foil Team finished the season ranked #1 World!

Currently his goal is focused on helping TEAM USA succeed at the Rio Olympics.

His notable Olympian and World Championship Medalist students

Gerek Meinhardt,

– USA Olympian 2016, 2012, 2008 (youngest USA Olympic male fencer, ever)
– 2 World Champion titles
– 8 World Championship Medals
– 1st USA male fencer to ever win a medal at the Sr. World Championships (2010)
– 1st USA Men’s Foil fencer to be ranked #1 in the World, currently #3 in the World

Alexander Massialas

– USA Olympian 2016, 2012 (youngest USA 2012 Olympic male athlete, in any sport)
– 6 World Champion titles
– 15 World Championship Medals
– Silver and Bronze medalist at Youth Olympics (Singapore, 2010)
– Most decorated fencer in the history of Cadet & Jr. World Fencing Championships
(13 total medals, 6 Gold)
– Pan-Am Games Champion 4 times (Individual & Team, both in 2011 & 2015)
– #1 in the World; current FIE Sr. Men’s Foil World Ranking

Doris Willette

– USA Olympian 2012
– Retired as USA National Champion in 2012, after the Olympics

David Willette

– 2 World Championship titles
– 3 World Championship Medals
– Only USA fencer finish the Jr. Men’s Foil season ranked #1 in the World (2010)

Nobuo Bravo

– 2 World Championship Medals

Sabrina Massialas

– 2 World Champion titles
– 6 World Championship Medals
– 1st and only USA Fencing Gold Medalist at Youth Olympics (Nanjing, China, 2014)


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