Frank Mustilli – Managing Director & Head Fencing Coach
Frank Mustilli has been an integral part of the illustrious program of Columbia High School since he started the program there in 1991, at which time the team consisted of 6 girls and 6 boys always placing last in the district Championships.
Frank’s professional expertise encourages self-esteem, self-confidence and enthusiasm. His proficiency in all weapons, combined with the desire of the Columbia students propelled the team and all teams to follow to consistent top Rankings in District and state Championships.
Frank has trained and developed individual champions in District, State, National & World Championships. Columbia students continue to train at NJFA under the watchful eyes of Frank. Columbia Men’s and Women’s teams have never looked back. Since Frank started the teams, the Men’s record is 230-38 and the Women’s is 271-19. The team has accumulated 36 Championships, 63 District Championships and 16 Iron Hills Conference Championships.
Frank has 9 individual State Championships, 5 National Champions and 2 World Champion Team Members.
Frank founded New Jersey Fencing Alliance (NJFA) a 501 (c) 3 in 2004. At 17,000 sq. ft. it is one of the largest facilities in the country. The Club is dedicated to introducing the sport of fencing to people of all ages, athletic ability, and diversity.
Sakou is the NJFA epee coach. He has collaborated with many clubs. Sakou learned to fence in Senegal. He has international fencing experience around the world. Sakou has a Masters Fencing degree in International FIE Fencing Masters School. He also has a Sports Management degree from the International Olympic Committee.
- Olympic Athlete Career Program
- Olympic Sports Management
- F.I.E. Certified Epee Coach
- Sénégal National team coach for Junior Cadets (2013 – 2015)
Stephan Simonov started to fence under the tutelage of his father who was one of the “Top Guns” in the former Soviet Union Championship, third at the Red Army Championship and the finalist at the Cadet Soviet Union Championship. He started his coaching career with Great Neck High School Fencing Team and led them to numerous championship titles continued his coaching at Westchester Fencing Academy for more than 10 years. His students are among the top rated Fencers in the United States. Stephan is a world rated fencing director and currently represents our country as a referee on the international level World Cup Circuits.
- NJ State Champion in 1990-91
- Penn State Junior Champion 91 and the finalist in 1990