Huchwajda, a member of the German National Team who fenced in the 1992 Summer Olympic Games, comes 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.
“We are excited to add Jacek to our staff,” said Beguinet, now entering his 29th year as head coach at Duke. “He brings an incredible wealth of fencing experience, both as a fencer and coach. Our team will benefit greatly from his coaching, and his attitude and coaching style will fit perfectly within our program.”
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 and his wife, Magda, have four children: Marcel (7), Pola (4), Alex (2) and Sophia (four months).