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!
Jon Robinson has been fencing since 1995 and brings his boundless enthusiasm for everything fencing to every training session. He is concentrating competitively in Epee, but in true French tradition studied foil for several years before switching weapons.
The father of 2 girls, he understands and loves children of all abilities and ages. This coach wants kids to learn how to fence, but to have fun too!
Jon also sails a racing catamaran, leading to one young student saying the coach was "training to be a pirate."
Jon is a master toolmaker, and has made parts for a wide variety of machines, devices and vehicles. Some of the parts he’s made are currently orbiting Earth on the International Space Station.
Caroline Dikibo is a Houston native. She began her fencing career at Cypress Falls High School and became captain of the fencing team. She is an alumna of the University of Notre Dame where she was also a member of the Division I NCAA Women’s Epee Team. As a member of the Notre Dame team, she won the 2011 NCAA Championship and named the NAACP’s Image Award Athlete of the Year. Today she is an assistant coach with Houston Sword Sports, working to bring fencing to all parts of Houston.
COL(Retired) Michael Mergens is a competitor and a USFA certified Armorer, Coach and Referee with over 36 years of experience in the sport. He is a former member of the USA Fencing Signal Equipment and Material Installation (SEMI) Committee and has worked as the Head Armorer and Team Armorer for many of the USA Fencing National and International events, most recently as the Head Team Armorer for the 2015 Junior/Cadet World Championship Team and Head Armorer/Technician for the 2014 World Saber Grand Prix. He has formed several clubs in the Houston area, two of which operated for over 20 years.