Native of Pinar del Rio, Cuba; Heriberto Armenteros started fencing in 1978 when he was only 11 years old. By 1985, Armenteros became the National Champion of Cuba. In 1989, he became the coach of promising fencers such as Anabel Lastre who earned 1st place in the Sabre Junior World Cup at La Habana, Cuba in 2001, and Daylon Gilberto Diaz Acosta who took 3rd place at the Sabre Junior World Cup at la Habana, Cuba in 2001, 2nd place in Central American Games at Colombia in 2006, 3rd place at Pan American Championships at Venezuela in 2006, and 2nd place in the American Zone Olympic Qualifier at Queretaro, Mexico in 2008.
In 2009, Armenteros was requested to become an international coach in Monterrey, Mexico. This allowed him to become the Mexico’s National Sabre Coach during the 2012-2013 season, placing Javier Hernandez in number one of the cadet ranking. During the 2014-2015 season, he coached at Puebla Fencing Center placing several fencers in top eight of at the 2015 Mexican National Championship at Guanajuato, Mex. Armenteros is currently a sabre coach in San Antonio Phoenix Fencers’ Club.
In addition to his fencing experience, Heriberto has a PhD on Physical Education from (College).
Started fencing in 1977 at Puebla, Mexico and was coached by Professor Zetina in Humboldt High School. Simont’s passion for the sport was transmitted to her father Viterbo Simont Martinez, who went to get certified as a coach in Europe. By 1982 she was being coached by her father and trained with her four siblings. Simont was in the Mexican National Champion in foil and epee, until she decided to focus in epee. Such decision allowed her to earn diverse top 32 spots internationally; such as World Cups, and North American Cups. In 1981, she competed at the University Games in Roumania with only 17 years old. In 1993, she became a Central American Games Champion in Ponce, Puerto Rico.
In 1998, Simont decided to become an assistant coach at Club de Esgrima Simont-Zeron, which is her family’s club, to share her passion for fencing. In 2014, she decided to open Puebla Fencing Center becoming the Head Coach, which her sister Soledad Simont is currently in charge of. Georgina has 40 years of experience in epee and foil to San Antonio Phoenix Fencers’ Club.
In addition to her fencing experience, Georgina is a M.D. in Radiology graduated from Universidad Popular del Estado de Puebla. Her daughter Fatima Largaespada fenced foil at Temple University, she placed in the NCAA Top 20 in 2013, 2014 and 2015 while finishing in the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Top 10 in both 2013 and 2015. As a senior in 2015-16, she took home first-place honors at the Temple Open while finishing third at the Penn State Garret Open. She ranked in the Top 16 at the 2016 North American Cup while earning a fourth-place finish at the 2016 NIWFA Championships, and now is de Women’s Fencing Head Coach of Wagner College in NY
Coach Steve started fencing in college in 2006 under an amazing coach named Vincent Bradford. Steve fenced under Vinnie for more than four years until she retired and he will always be grateful to her for all that she has taught and done for him. After Vinnie retired Steve found coach Curtis Hardy who has brought him higher than he ever thought he could go as a fencer, a coach, and as a man. Curtis along with his wife Megan always believed in him even when there wasn’t very much to believe in. They always motivated him to be better and take the best out of every situation. Not only did they give him the motivational knowledge they also taught him everything he ever wanted to know about fencing, armory, coaching, and even how to be a referee. This kindness and knowledge that they have shown him he hope to pass along to his students and their families.