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 was a co-captain on the 2012 NCAA Championship 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 and Gabriel Feinberg to the 2022 national title. During her tenure, the Buckeyes have claimed a Midwest Fencing Conference overall championship (2019), men’s and women’s MFC crowns (2020) and Central Collegiate Fencing Conference men’s and women’s trophies in both 2021 and ’22. The Buckeyes recorded a sixth-place finish at the 2019 NCAA Championships and placed fifth at the 2022 event with Dabrowa on staff.
In 2022, Dabrowa was selected the USFCA men’s team collegiate assistant coach of the year award winner and the CCFC men’s team assistant coach of the year. That season, Ohio State qualified the maximum six men and six women to the NCAA Championships and won five of six CCFC squad titles, including all three men’s trophies.
Dabrowa also 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.