Dan has been coaching in Brooklyn since 2008, and prior to opening BBFC in 2010, he was also an assistant coach to Simon Gershon, then the U.S. Men’s Foil National Coach. Dan’s students have won many national and international medals, including a Bronze Medal at the 2016 Olympic Games, a Silver Medal at the 2019 World Championships, a Junior World Championship Gold Medal, a Cadet World Championship Gold Medal, as well as other Junior World Cup, Senior World Cup and Grand Prix medals.

In 2016, Dan was awarded The Order of Ikkos by the United States Olympic Committee, for excellence in coaching and recognizing his contribution to the US Men’s Foil Team winning the Bronze Medal at the 2016 Olympic Games.

In 2018, Dan was also inducted into the U.S. Fencing Hall of Fame.

In 2020, Dan was awarded 2020 Performance Coach of the Year by British Fencing

Notable Students

Race Imboden – Race finished the 2015 season ranked #1 in world and #1 in the country. Race is the first American men’s fencer in history to finish a season ranked first in the world and win the overall FIE World Cup. He is also the current U.S. record holder for most number of international World Cup gold medals. Race was also on the US Olympic Team in 2012 & 2016,  earning a Bronze Medal, and has been a member of many U.S. World Championship and Junior World Championship Teams.

Marcus Mepstead – Marcus was a member of Great Britain’s Olympic Team in 2016, as well as multiple World Championship Teams, and is a British National Foil Champion. In 2019, Marcus won the Silver Medal at the FIE World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

Sam Moelis – Sam finished the 2015 season ranked the #1 Junior (Under-20) in the country and #9 in the world, as well as the #1 ranked Cadet (Under-17) in the world and the country. Sam was also the FIE Cadet (Under-17) World Champion and the U.S. Division 1 National Champion. In 2016, Sam won the Heracles Junior World Cup in Budapest, Hungary and in 2017, Sam helped the U.S. win the Junior Team World Championship.

Morgan Lee – Morgan won two Bronze Medals in Cadet (U-17) International Competitions, as well as many national medals in both the Junior (U-20) and Cadet (U-17) age groups.

Competitive Career

Dan finished his competitive career ranked 1st in the U.S., 1st in the hemisphere, and 10th in the world. He was a member of the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team where he placed 16th individually and, as captain of the foil team, led the U.S. squad to a 4th place finish, the highest in fifty-six years.
He was also a seven-time U.S. World Championship Team Member, U.S. National Champion, U.S. National Junior Champion, U.S. Junior World Championship Team Member, a two-time U.S. World University Games Team Member, and a two-time U.S. Pan-American Games Team Member. In 2003, he was the first American foil fencer to win the Pan-American Games in twenty-eight years and also led the team to its first gold medal in thirty-two years. He also has numerous podium and medal finishes at National, World Cup, and Grand Prix World Cup fencing tournaments. Finally, while attending Columbia University, Dan was a four-time NCAA All-American and 1998 NCAA Fencer of the Year.