March 23, 2006
PRINCETON, N.J. - Princeton head fencing coach Michel Sebastiani has earned the U.S. Fencing Coaches Association's Schreff Sword, given yearly to the most outstanding collegiate fencing coach of the year as voted on by their peers, the organization announced.
It is the second time Sebastiani has won the award, following the 1994 honor. Last summer, Sebastiani announced that he would retire following the 2005-06 season, closing a 25-year tenure at Princeton.
In 2006, Princeton earned 13 bids to the NCAA Mid-Atlantic/South Regionals and took six fencers to the NCAA Championships in Houston, Texas earlier this month. Three earned All-America status and two medaled, with Ben Solomon placing third nationally and Jacqueline Leahy finishing national runner-up. As a team, with men's and women's scores combined, Princeton placed eighth in the NCAA.
The Schreff Sword, given annually, is an engraved silver Glamdring broadsword resting on a red velvet cushion within an acrylic showcase. It was designed by Scott Harkey, president of Sword-Masters, an equipment supplier and tournament armorer to the competitive U.S. fencing industry.
In accepting the award, Sebastiani said, "Frankly, this was completely unexpected but I would like to thank my fellow coaches in the NCAA, the United States Fencing Coaches Association and Mr. David Schreff for his effort in recognizing the hard work of the college fencing coach in the U.S. by donating this magnificent award."