COLUMBUS, Ohio – USA Fencing chairman and president Donald K. Anthony Jr. has been named head coach of Ohio State fencing, Ohio State Senior Vice President and Wolfe Foundation Endowed Athletics Director Gene Smith and assistant athletics director Carey Fagan announced Wednesday. Anthony, who also is vice president and an executive committee member of the International Fencing Federation, will start June 1.
“We are fortunate to have Don join our team of outstanding head coaches,” Smith said. “Don’s passion for fencing is contagious and we look forward to working with him to continue the great work Vladimir did.”
Anthony is a world-class fencer who represented Team USA at two Senior World Championships and has been a perennial U.S. National finalist. He won the silver medal in Porec, Croatia, at the 2010 Veterans World Championships, placed in the Top Eight at the 2012 Veteran Worlds in Krems, Austria, and won the U.S. National Championship in Veteran Men’s Sabre (50-59). Anthony attended Princeton University where he was an Ivy League champion and NCAA finalist.
“Ohio State fencing is one of the premier programs in the NCAA and Donald is the perfect fit to be the next leader of this program,” Fagan said. “He brings a unique combination of experience managing teams and is an international leader in the sport of fencing. We look forward to the continued success and development of our student-athletes.”
An international sports executive who has been involved in the sport of fencing for more than 30 years, Anthony has focused on making the sport accessible to diverse populations.
“I am extremely excited and tremendously honored to have the opportunity to serve as the next head fencing coach of The Ohio State University,” Anthony said. “It is truly an honor and quite humbling to follow in the footsteps of Vladimir Nazlymov, a fencing legend. Ohio State fencing has become one of the most successful collegiate programs in the United States. As the next head coach, I look forward to building on this winning legacy while taking the program into its next chapter as a major fencing power and a partner in the growth of fencing domestically and internationally.”
Anthony is founder and president of SwordSport LLC, a leading promoter of fencing in the world, president and chairman of the board of USA Fencing and vice president of the Féderation Internationale d’Escrime (FIE), the international fencing federation. Anthony’s work with SwordSport includes producing livestream and broadcast programming for NBC Universal Sports and ESPN; documentary films including “Black Blades” – the evolution of African-American fencers; marquee events including Arnold (Schwarzenegger’s) Fencing Classic and serving as a broadcast analyst for NCAA Fencing Championships on ESPN and the New York Fencing Masters and the Korfanty Sabre World Cup on NBC.
Anthony is president and CEO of the Warrior Group, Inc., a management consulting firm he founded in 1996 that specializes in organizational transformation, leadership development and strategic planning. Anthony is a founding member of the nationally acclaimed Peter Westbrook Foundation that uses the sport of fencing to teach life skills and improve the academic performance of disadvantaged youth in the greater New York City metro area.
Anthony is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, where he discovered fencing at Karamu House (an in inner city cultural center) at the age of 7 and developed his passion for the sport. After graduation from Princeton, he moved to New York City and worked for IBM for 10 years in sales and marketing. While there, he received his MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School where he studied entrepreneurial management and finance. He launched his entrepreneurial career in consulting and promotion in 1989 after leaving the firm.
Anthony and his wife Karen reside in Columbus, Ohio, and have a daughter who lives in New York City.