Dan Gorman is a co-founder of Houston Sword Sports who’s been teaching classes in the Houston area since 1998. Introduced to the sport at Purdue University in the Fall of 1990, Dan has coached at the Texas A&M Fencing Club from 1997-2006 and Salle Mauro Fencing Academy from 1998-2014. He left that position to start Houston Sword Sports and bring fencing to all of Houston.
Coach Liz Mayerich is a Prévôt in epee and a Moniteur in foil. She began fencing in 2002 at Texas A&M University. She has coached at Salle Mauro Fencing Academy, Texas A&M Fencing Club, Peoria Fencing Academy, and from 2009 to 2014 was the head coach of the Cavalier Youth Fencing program at The Point Fencing Club and School in Champaign, IL. She also coaches the University of St. Thomas Fencing Team.
Hayley Gillen is a native Houstonian. In 2004, she began her career fencing foil at Bayou City Fencing Academy but found her true passion in Saber a few years later at Salle Mauro Fencing Academy where she met Dan Gorman. There, she picked up Epee and has since competed on a National level in all the weapons. In 2009, she became a USFA rated Referee in all three weapons. She began splitting her time between refereeing and fencing at tournaments. Hayley has extensive training in all weapons and hopes to share her love and passion for the sport with anyone willing to have fun and learn something new!
Vivian began fencing at University of St Thomas and has been coaching with Houston Sword Sports since 2020. She is a studio design major and makes jewelry and art in her spare time.
Evin has been fencing saber since he was a young child. He fences for Vassar and has medaled at numerous NCAA and USA Fencing tournaments.
Kim has been fencing for over 20 years, at many clubs along the East Coast including in New York, the DC area, and Yale. Coach Kim is a decorated veteran saber fencer and served in the Marines for many years.