Cutting Edge Fencing Coaches and Staff
David Sierra, Fencing Master
Co-Owner, Head Coach, & Director of Operations
Involved in the sport of fencing since 1993, Maestro Sierra is certified as a Fencing Master by the United States Fencing Coaches Association and the International Academy of Arms. He also attended the Pan-American Fencing Coaching Education Course in El Salvador as the USA Representative in 2017.
His students have won numerous medals at Regional and National level competitions, and he has trained athletes who attend strong NCAA programs including Notre Dame University, The United States Air Force Academy and Stevens Institute of Technology. In addition to his coaching career, Maestro Sierra also is a senior referee in USA Fencing, serving as a member of the Domestic Assignments Committee, working as an Assigning Referee at US National Competitions and a Regional Referee Instructor. A scientist by formal education, he brings an analytical and systematic approach to training athletes, while maintaining an athlete-centered approach that promotes development of the whole person. In his off time, he enjoys riding his motorcycle, traveling, reading good books, and watching science-fiction tv shows and movies.
Kate Sierra, Prevot
Assistant Coach and Co-Owner
Coach Kate started fencing in 2004 and has coached for nearly that whole time. Currently an active competitor on the National Veteran Circuit, she has numerous national medals to her credit and brings the perspective of an active high-level athlete to our coaching staff.
When not competing at national tournaments, she can often be found stripside with the SabreCats, providing expert sideline coaching. She also teaches is an Instructional Designer at Texas Wesleyan University, and a former French professor and high school teacher. She enjoys travel, cooking, and trying out locally-owned restaurants and coffeeshops.
Leigh Altman, Moniteur
Coach Leigh is an engineer at Bell Helicopter who translated her love of martial arts–she practiced karate for four years–into ferocity on the fencing strip. Her competitive successes include several National Medals. She enjoys visiting her in-laws’ farm and baking pies from scratch. Coach Leigh started fencing in 2012 and has been Coaching since 2016.
Rob Barrie, Assistant Moniteur
Coach Rob is a 6th-grade English teacher at a local elementary school who enjoys practicing yoga and hiking in the Great Outdoors. He has been a fencer since 2014 and a Coach at CEFC since 2016.
Max Winter, Assistant Moniteur
Coach Max is an engineer at a local aeronautics company and loves riding his motorcycle around the Metroplex. He has been a fencer since his college years and has been a CEFC Coach since 2017.
Ms. Jade is the newest member of our team and help to run our front desk, membership platform, and social media. She is a competitive figure skater and the mother of a competitive fencer.