position Associate Head Coach
Katarzyna Dabrowa returned to her alma mater as an assistant coach in 2018 and was promoted to associate head coach in October 2021. Dabrowa, who was the youngest female assistant coach in NCAA Division I fencing when she was hired, competed for the Buckeyes from 2011-13. She helped guide the squad to the 2012 NCAA championship as team co-captain and was the first Buckeye to win a NCAA title in women’s epee.
Dabrowa coaches the Buckeye epee squad and guided Oliver Shindler to a NCAA championship in 2019. The Buckeyes were the Central Collegiate Fencing Conference men’s champion and women’s co-champion in 2021, claimed the men’s and women’s Midwest Fencing Conference titles in 2020 and won the overall MFC team title in 2019, when Ohio State placed sixth at the NCAA Championship as a team. The epee squad had three NCAA qualifiers her first two years on staff combined, including three Top 3 finishes at the 2020 NCAA regionals.
Dabrowa carries a list of impressive accolades from her time as a student-athlete at Ohio State:
Dabrowa also gained experience on the international level as a part of the Polish Senior National Team from 2006-12 after being a member of the Polish Junior National Team from 2003-06. Her international honors include:
Prior to her return to Columbus, Dabrowa served as program manager and epee fencing coach for Cannon Fencing Academy in Cincinnati from 2016-17. She also has experience in several different areas of collegiate athletics. Dabrowa spent time out west at Colorado State University as an academic athletic coordinator for the men’s basketball program and also worked in the student-athlete development department as an external relations assistant from 2015-2016.
Dabrowa received her bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2013 and her master’s degree in sport management in 2015 from Ohio State. She worked in the student-athlete services and event management departments as a graduate associate following her collegiate fencing career.