Meet Our Coaches + Staff

Meet the dedicated team of Olympic fencing coaches at Forge Fencing Academy and Club in Durham, NC.

Our passionate coaches are committed to providing the tools and environment for each fencer to unlock their potential, forge lasting friendships, and grow as a person and an athlete. With accreditations from USA Fencing, United States Fencing Coaches Association, and SafeSport certification, our team is equipped to guide fencers to success. Learn more about the expertise, passion, and unique stories that drive our coaches.

My son started fencing at Forge Fencing last year as a beginner, and has simply loved it. The coaches are knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and passionate about helping people at all levels enjoy fencing.

Lisa Ford

Jeffrey Kallio

Academy and Club Manager & Coach, Master d’ Sabre

Coach Jeff began fencing at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte fencing club in which Coach Jen was the instructor, way back in the 1990s! He coached locally in the Charlotte metro and then moved to Durham to join Mid-South Fencers’ Club shortly after the club was opened in downtown Durham in 2010.

As well as coaching saber, foil and epee, and achieving national results in all weapons, he also trains other coaches as a Coach Developer. He is currently a ranked national competitor as well as an accredited Master d’ Sabre with the United States Fencing Coaches Association and the Academie d’Armes Internationale.

When Coach Jeff is not actively coaching he enjoys rebuilding antique cars.

Stephen Pashby

Head Referee, Foil and Epee Coach

Stephen began fencing at Seacoast Fencers Club in Manchester, NH. Then he fenced and coached at the North Carolina State Fencing Club and the former Raleigh Fencer’s Club. He is the fencing instructor at Meredith and Peace Colleges.

Stephen has a Level I Epée Certificate from the USFA Coaches College, and is an accredited Prevot of foil from the United States Fencing Coaches Association. He also is a nationally certified referee in all three weapons and instructs all three weapons.

Stephen still actively competes at the National level and is a multi-time medalist in Veteran’s Men’s Foil and Veteran’s Men’s Saber.

Cathleen Randall

Travel Team Coordinator & Academy Coach

Cathleen began fencing at Duke University with the varsity team. Cathleen holds USFA Coaches College certification in Level I Epee and Level II Foil, and as a referee in saber.

Cathleen coached high school teams in Minnesota, Massachusetts, and Illinois, for two decades. Her fencers medaled individually and as teams in all three weapons.

Cathleen is a multi-time national medalist in Veteran Women’s saber, and is a founding member of WFencing.

Polo Mueller

Epee & Fitness Coach

Polo started fencing at age thirteen at The Hun School in New Jersey. She decided to pursue her love of epee full time at Penn State University. Polo was instrumental in the team’s three consecutive NCAA Championship titles (1995-1997) for which she earned First Team All-American recognition.

Today she and her husband, Donn, enjoy traveling and competing in regional and national Veterans events and fostering the love of the sport in their four children.

Tyler Offutt

Saber & Fitness Coach

Tyler began his fencing career at age ten at Mission Fencing Center in Long Island, NY. He trained with the Russian Junior National team in Latvia and in the U.S. and competed through college before his family relocated to North Carolina during the pandemic. Coach Tyler has been developing our Academy and High Performance fencers since 2021.

Michael Facci

Epee Coach

Michael began fencing at Rochester Fencing Club in New York before becoming a Tarheel. After fencing for the North Carolina varsity program, he decided to stay and is currently enrolled in the Mathematics department, earning his Ph.D.

Chad Beaty

Saber Coach

Chad started fencing at age 7 at Fencing Star Academy with Maestro Oswaldo Ortega until he moved to Pennsylvania at age 14, where he practiced at Capital Fencing Academy and was recruited to fence at the Pennsylvania State University.

Coach Chad works with our Level 1, Level 2, Level 3 Youth Academy & High Performance Athletes in both Saber and Foil. He has also recently returned to the competitive realm and looking forward to coaching, training, and competing.

Mike Nicholson

Coach & Referee

Mike began fencing as a teen at the North Carolina Fencing Development Program and then fenced on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill varsity team. After graduation he was an assistant coach for UNC-CH over four years.

Mike has coached locally at several clubs, including Forge’s predecessor Mid-South Fencers’ Club. He is a nationally certified referee in all three weapons.

Mike is a multi-time national medalist in Veteran’s Men’s Foil.

Jennifer Oldham

Forge Fencing Teams Founder & Coach Emeritus

Coach Jen began fencing for the varsity program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill after completing her physical education requirement in fencing. Fascinated by the sport, Jen went on to compete internationally, earned a National Team Championship, and a bronze international team medal for Team USA.

Jen is founder of Forge Fencing, WFencing, and Forge Teams. She is a USA Fencing Youth SafeSport Education Facilitator and a USA Fencing Coach Mentor. Jennifer is an accredited 3-weapon Fencing Master by the United States Fencing Coaches Association and the Academie D’Armes Internationale and holds a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology. Coach Jen has been recently selected as the Head Coach for the Men’s and Women’s Fencing program at Cleveland State University.

When Coach Jen is not coaching, she is hiking, gardening or playing with her two dogs, Gus and Luna.

Jeffrey Kallio

Academy and Club Manager & Coach, Master d’ Sabre

Coach Jeff began fencing at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte fencing club in which Coach Jen was the instructor, way back in the 1990s! He coached locally in the Charlotte metro and then moved to Durham to join Mid-South Fencers’ Club shortly after the club was opened in downtown Durham in 2010.

As well as coaching saber, foil and epee, and achieving national results in all weapons, he also trains other coaches as a Coach Developer. He is currently a ranked national competitor as well as an accredited Master d’ Sabre with the United States Fencing Coaches Association and the Academie d’Armes Internationale.

When Coach Jeff is not actively coaching he enjoys rebuilding antique cars.

Stephen Pashby

Head Referee, Foil and Epee Coach

Stephen began fencing at Seacoast Fencers Club in Manchester, NH. Then he fenced and coached at the North Carolina State Fencing Club and the former Raleigh Fencer’s Club. He is the fencing instructor at Meredith and Peace Colleges.

Stephen has a Level I Epée Certificate from the USFA Coaches College, and is an accredited Prevot of foil from the United States Fencing Coaches Association. He also is a nationally certified referee in all three weapons and instructs all three weapons.

Stephen still actively competes at the National level and is a multi-time medalist in Veteran’s Men’s Foil and Veteran’s Men’s Saber.

Cathleen Randall

Travel Team Coordinator & Academy Coach

Cathleen began fencing at Duke University with the varsity team. Cathleen holds USFA Coaches College certification in Level I Epee and Level II Foil, and as a referee in saber.

Cathleen coached high school teams in Minnesota, Massachusetts, and Illinois, for two decades. Her fencers medaled individually and as teams in all three weapons.

Cathleen is a multi-time national medalist in Veteran Women’s saber, and is a founding member of WFencing.

Polo Mueller

Epee & Fitness Coach

Polo started fencing at age thirteen at The Hun School in New Jersey. She decided to pursue her love of epee full time at Penn State University. Polo was instrumental in the team’s three consecutive NCAA Championship titles (1995-1997) for which she earned First Team All-American recognition.

Today she and her husband, Donn, enjoy traveling and competing in regional and national Veterans events and fostering the love of the sport in their four children.

Tyler Offutt

Saber & Fitness Coach

Tyler began his fencing career at age ten at Mission Fencing Center in Long Island, NY. He trained with the Russian Junior National team in Latvia and in the U.S. and competed through college before his family relocated to North Carolina during the pandemic. Coach Tyler has been developing our Academy and High Performance fencers since 2021.

Michael Facci

Epee Coach

Michael began fencing at Rochester Fencing Club in New York before becoming a Tarheel. After fencing for the North Carolina varsity program, he decided to stay and is currently enrolled in the Mathematics department, earning his Ph.D.

Chad Beaty

Saber Coach

Chad started fencing at age 7 at Fencing Star Academy with Maestro Oswaldo Ortega until he moved to Pennsylvania at age 14, where he practiced at Capital Fencing Academy and was recruited to fence at the Pennsylvania State University.

Coach Chad works with our Level 1, Level 2, Level 3 Youth Academy & High Performance Athletes in both Saber and Foil. He has also recently returned to the competitive realm and looking forward to coaching, training, and competing.

Mike Nicholson

Coach & Referee

Mike began fencing as a teen at the North Carolina Fencing Development Program and then fenced on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill varsity team. After graduation he was an assistant coach for UNC-CH over four years.

Mike has coached locally at several clubs, including Forge’s predecessor Mid-South Fencers’ Club. He is a nationally certified referee in all three weapons.

Mike is a multi-time national medalist in Veteran’s Men’s Foil.

Jennifer Oldham

Forge Fencing Teams Founder & Coach Emeritus

Coach Jen began fencing for the varsity program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill after completing her physical education requirement in fencing. Fascinated by the sport, Jen went on to compete internationally, earned a National Team Championship, and a bronze international team medal for Team USA.

Jen is founder of Forge Fencing, WFencing, and Forge Teams. She is a USA Fencing Youth SafeSport Education Facilitator and a USA Fencing Coach Mentor. Jennifer is an accredited 3-weapon Fencing Master by the United States Fencing Coaches Association and the Academie D’Armes Internationale and holds a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology. Coach Jen has been recently selected as the Head Coach for the Men’s and Women’s Fencing program at Cleveland State University.

When Coach Jen is not coaching, she is hiking, gardening or playing with her two dogs, Gus and Luna.

Ready to Get Started?

Our skilled coaches make it easy to get started fencing. We create a welcoming, fun, and supportive environment to begin exploring the foil, epee, and saber.

  • Programs for both youth and teens & adult
  • Multiple levels of class progression available
  • Unlimited group classes to explore all three Olympic-style weapons
  • Month-to-month membership - no annual contract
  • No experience or equipment required to start
  • 10-day free trial available