Fencing Coaching Staff
Head coach Alex Beguinet enters his 30th season at the helm of the Duke program. Beguinet has compiled a 523-470 (.527) overall record in his 29 years with the Blue Devils and has coached two NCAA Champions.
In Beguinet’s time at Duke, the women’s program has compiled a 243-260 record under his direction and produced one 3-time NCAA Champion and five All-Americans, while the men’s program has posted a 280-210 mark with 15 All-Americans and one National Champion. Beguinet has helped Blue Devil Fencers reach the NCAA Fencing Championships in 28 of his 29 years while sending over 90 participants to the national championships.
In 2014, both the men and women found success under Beguient and the rest of the coaching staff’s guidance, sending fencers to nationals for the 20th consecutive season. The men posted a 20-8 mark during the season and sent four fencers to the NCAAs, with three earning All-America status. On the women’s side, the team finished the year with a 17-13 record and were represented at the NCAA Championships by Sarah Collins, who finished 12th to earn Duke’s fourth All-America selection of 2014.
Beguinet mentored one of the most successful fencers in NCAA history in three-time NCAA Saber Champion, alum Becca Ward. Ward, who won the bronze medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, reached the NCAA Championship match in each of her four seasons. She won the 2009, 2011 and 2012 NCAA titles while finishing as runner-up in 2010.
Beguinet served at US Fencing's annual summer Junior Olympic Training Camps as a staff member for 10 years, served as coach for several International Cadet Championships and World Championships, and also participated as a coach at the fencing events for seven Olympic Festivals.
Alex Beguinet was the Director of the US Fencing Association's coaching education program, Coaches College, from 1993 until the program was dissolved in 2011, and was a member of the education staff since the program, held annually at US Olympic Training Centers, was first implemented in 1985.
Born in Toulouse, France, Maitre Beguinet received his Master of Arms Degree from the National Sports Institute in Paris in 1976. Beguinet came to Duke after serving eight years as the head fencing coach at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Ore.
Beguinet was the owner/director of Salle La Boessiere in Portland from 1980-84. While there, in addition to coaching for Lewis and Clark College in Portland, he coached at Portland Community College, Clark College in Vancouver, Wash., Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, Ore., and instructed for the city of Portland's Park Bureau
He lives with his artist wife, Elizabeth, on their recently acquired abandoned farm, restoring it to working order. They have one daughter, Heather, who is a Duke alumnae.