COLUMBUS, Ohio – Donald Anthony Jr., head coach of the Ohio State fencing program, has been named the Central Collegiate Fencing Conference men’s team coach of the year. This was the inaugural season for the CCFC.
Anthony, in his third year at the helm of the Buckeyes, led the men’s program to a 14-3 record overall and a 4-0 conference mark. The Buckeye men won the CCFC regular season team title and men’s sabre squad championship while the Buckeyes were co-squad champions in both men’s foil and men’s epee.
The conference’s coach of the year release recognized Anthony for his impact throughout NCAA fencing in 2021.
“Coach Anthony did outstanding work supporting NCAA fencing this season, hosting multiple competitions which providing multiple teams the opportunity to have a complete season and the chance to qualify to NCAA Championships during a season drastically impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.”
On the men’s side, the CCFC included Cleveland State, Lawrence, Ohio State and Wayne State.
Because of the pandemic-altered schedules during the 2021 season, the conference champion was determined by winning percentage during the regular season against conference opponents. To be eligible for championship consideration, an institution must have participated against at least 50 percent of the participating conference institutions. Only a maximum of two matches per opponent could be counted toward winning percentage.