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Allen Evans has a long career in fencing, beginning with work as an assistant coach in all three weapons at the University of Alaska in the 1970's under Maitré John Turner. While coaching in Alaska, he helped found the Alaska Division of the Amateur Fencers League of America (the AFLA later became the United States Fencing Association).
After leaving Alaska in 1989, Allen moved to Seattle, where he joined Salle Auriol Seattle. Over the next ten years, Allen coached all three weapons at Salle Auriol Seattle, including National finalists in men's epeé and women's saber. In addition to his position as a senior coach at Salle Auriol, Allen served on the Board of Directors at Salle Auriol Seattle and on the executive committee of the Western Washington Division of the USFA.
In 2001 Allen moved to the DC area, where he coached for a short time at the International School of Fencing before its closure in 2003. In 2004, Allen, along with Coach Jill Feldman, opened Dominion Fencing.
Allen holds the rank of Prevost with the United States Fencing Coaches Association, and has completed courses at the United States Fencing Association's Coaches College program in Colorado Springs in all three weapons. He is a rated referee in all three weapons, and often officiates at local tournaments. Recently, he was named as a "Fencing Expert" by Fencing.net.
Coach Jill Feldman comes from a strong competitive background, having won 1st place in the Mid-Atlantic Sectional Qualifying tournaments (saber) for five straight years (1996-2000). In 1997 she won the Division III Summer National Championships, and in 1999 finished 3rd in the Division IA Summer Nationals. From 1998-1999 she was listed in the United States Fencing Associations media Fact Book in the "Fencers to Watch" section.
Jill began coaching adult and children's classes at the Fairfax Park and Recreation Department in 1996. In 1999 she became a founding member of the International School of Fencing in Tyson's Corner, Virginia, and served as an assistant coach for ISF until its closure in 2003. In 2004, Jill helped found Dominion Fencing.
In addition to coaching and competing, Jill Feldman has held offices in the Capitol Division of the USFA and the Mid-Atlantic Section. She often serves as a member of the National Tournament Staff, has chaired many North American Cups and US National Championships. As if this wasn't enough to keep her busy, Jill also referees at the local, Sectional, and National level in all three weapons.
Jill Feldman holds a Moniteur diploma from the United States Fencing Coaches Association in all three weapons. In addition to her diploma from the USFCA, she has attended numerous camps and clinics, including the United States Fencing Association's Coaches College Program in Colorado Springs, Colorado.