DURHAM, N.C. – Duke University head fencing coach Alex Beguinet has announced the addition of Christophe Duclos to the coaching staff for the 2017-18 campaign. Previously a master head coach at the Northwest Fencing Center (NWFC) in Beaverton, Ore., Duclos joins the Blue Devil staff as an assistant coach.
“We are so very pleased to welcome Christophe Duclos to our staff as our epee coach,” said Beguinet. “Christophe [Duclos] has a strong coaching education and years of amazing and successful coaching experience. We love that he has an understanding of the importance of keeping a balance to coaching fencing - knowing when it's time to rest and when it is time to work. Christophe has a good eye for analyzing actions and is very adept at teaching and encouraging his students to use finer fencing skills. He is a perfect coach to work with the high caliber of fencer we are attracting and to help them polish their game.”
Duclos comes to Durham following his time as a master head coach at the Northwest Fencing Center. Prior to his tenure with the NWFC, Duclos served as a national coach at the Qatar Fencing Federation (2006-11) and at the Jordan Fencing Federation (2005-06).
Throughout the years, Duclos has seen great success as a French fencing master, including leading his junior men’s foil team to a bronze medal at the 2007 Asian Fencing Championships in Nantong, China. Duclos helped coach the first Qatari men’s foilist to qualify for the 2008 Beijing Olympics and was a two-time Junior Men’s Foil Team U.S. National Champion in 2014 and 2015.
Duclos continues his wealth of international experience to Duke as he was a staff member at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece. Duclos also served as the head coach for the Montelimar Fencing Club in France from 2000-03.
A native of Givet, France, Duclos was a member of the Cadet and Junior French National Team and graduated from The National Training Center in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education and with a Fencing Master Level 2 diploma in 2003.
Outside of fencing, Duclos enjoys hiking, running, sailing and reading and is currently a member of the European Mountain Guides Association.
Duclos and his wife, Natacha, have two children, Lola and Zoé.