VFA Coaches and Assistant Coaches
Head Coach Viveka Fox
Head coach Viveka Fox, a former all-Ivy fencer and North Atlantic womens foil champion, has over 40 years of fencing experience. She is the founder and past president of the USFA Green Mountain Division, and a nationally certified referee. She is a USFCA accredited Moniteur (instructor). In 2014, Viveka qualified to represent the US in age 50-60 womens foil at Veteran World Championships. She believes that fencing is not just another sport, but is a creative way of thinking and moving that links us to the past and allows us to express ourselves as individuals. She is a great believer in and supporter of lifelong athletes and grassroots fencing. When not fencing, she plays in the New England roots music band Atlantic Crossing, the Celtic band Frost and Fire, and tries to spend as much time as possible outdoors.
Coach Geoff Butler
Geoff relocated to Vermont from Virginia, where he had many years experience coaching and running fencing clubs. His specialty is epee, but he offers private lessons by appointment in all 3 weapons. Geoff's other skills include sculpting, woodworking and bicycle racing, and he blogs about fencing at www.myepeecoach.com.
(Charlotte): Ray fences all three weapons and has embraced the sport fully after taking it up as an adult to get in shape. He is an in-demand referee, vice president of the Green Mt Division, as well as an assistant coach of the UVM team. Ray works as an engineer at IBM.
(Charlotte): Don is an epee fencer who returned to the sport with great enthusiasm some years after trying it in college. He has served as president and treasurer of the Green Mt Division. When not fencing, he is out on the water dragonboating or sailing, or at work as a product testing engineer for Country Home Products.
(Middlebury): Deb competes in epee, and is well respected regionally as a referee. She took up fencing a year or two after her sons started because it was more fun than waiting around for their class to finish. Deb and her husband operate a dairy farm in Leicester.
(Middlebury): Adam took up fencing as an adult, and competes in epee. He is an illustrator and graphic designer, which explains why the VFA has a cool logo and so many great t-shirts.