Former Olympic fencer Jacek Huchwajda will enter his sixth season in 2019 after joining the Duke fencing staff as an assistant coach in July of 2013.
In his fifth year as Duke’s saber specialist, Huchwajda helped the men’s saber squad to an impressive 23-4 overall record while the women posted a 20-8 ledger. He helped lead seven saberists to compile 30+ wins on the year as Lindsay Sapienza recorded 49 wins. Huchwajda guided Pascual Di Tella to a silver medal at the ACC Championships while Haley Fisher placed fourth, just short of the podium. At the Mid-Atlantic/South Regionals, Di Tella placed second before Di Tella and Agoston Walter headlined the saberists at the NCAA Championships. On the national stage, Di Tella collected his second All-America honor with a 10th-place finish.
Huchwajda, a member of the German National Team who fenced in the 1992 Summer Olympic Games, came to Duke after a seven-year stint as the saber coach at Oregon Fencing Alliance in Portland. At Oregon Fencing Alliance, Huchwajda mentored a number of the nation’s top fencers, including former Blue Devil and three-time NCAA Saber Champion Becca Ward.
Prior to his time at Oregon Fencing Alliance, Huchwajda was the saber coach at the world-renowned Tauberbischofsheim Fencing Club in Tauberbischofsheim, Germany, from 1992-2006. During his time at Tauberbischofsheim, Huchwajda coached Olympic bronze medalist Alex Weber, Junior World Cup winner Tamara Biesinger and Cadet World Cup runner-up Mathias Grimm.
Huchwajda enjoyed a decorated fencing career, fencing saber with the German National Team from 1991-98. In addition to twice representing Germany at the Olympics, Huchwajda was a three-time gold medalist at the German Open Saber Championship (1992, 1994, 1996), a two-time team bronze medalist at the World Fencing Championship (1991, 1993), a silver medalist at the 1996 Senior World Cup, a three-time German Senior National individual and team Champion, a three-time German Junior National Champion and a winner of the 1987 Junior World Cup.
Huchwajda also served in the German military in the sport division where he competed as a saber fencer and was the 1991 World Champion at the World Military Championships.
A native of Poznań, Poland, Huchwajda graduated from Trener Academy in 1994. He and his wife, Magda, have four children: Marcel, Pola, Alex and Sophia.