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All of our club coaches are certified with the United States Fencing Association and have extensive backgrounds in fencing, including many years of competitive fencing.  Many of our club's instructors also coach with other area clubs or local high school teams. 

FOIL Coach -  Ann Jones

Ann helps instruct FOIL at our club and is also the Head Coach for the MARIAN CATHOLIC High School Fencing Team in Chicago Heights, IL where she instructs Foil. Additionally,  Ann is an active instructor and coach for the Tinley Park (Illinois) Fencing Club.   Ann fenced for Wellesley College in Massachusetts.   

FOIL Coach  -   Kendra McPheeters 

Kendra helps instruct FOIL at the NIFC and is also the Head Coach/Foil Coach for the Lowell High School RED DEVILS FENCING CLUB in Lowell, IN.  Kendra previously fenced for Purdue University's Fencing Club and administered the Purdue Fall and Spring Open Tournaments for several years. 

Club Armorer and SABER Coach - Bob Skurka

Bob manages the Armory for the Northwest Indiana Fencing Club as well as providing armory repairs for Marian Catholic High School, Lowell High School and the Tinley Park Fencing Club. 

Bob is the SABER coach for the LOWELL RED DEVIL Fencing Club.                                                                                                                                                                   

EPEE COACH - Peter Lowther                                               Peter provides assistance to aspiring EPEE fencers at our club.  He is the EPEE coach at Marian Catholic High School and the coach of the Tinley Park (IL) Fencing Club.


Aaron Cook, the latest addition to our coaching staff, is a long time member of NIFC and has been our club champion in FOIL for the past three years.  Aaron fenced with the Marian Catholic High School fencing team from 2008-2010, and then with the Purdue University fencing team from 2010-2014, where he was the captain of the FOIL team from 2012-2014.