Head coach Alex Beguinet
enters his 28th season at the helm of the Duke program. Beguinet has compiled a
460-430 (.516) overall record in his 27 years with the Blue Devils and has
coached two NCAA Champions. A native of France, Beguinet came to Duke after serving
eight years as the head fencing coach at Lewis & Clark College in Portland,
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
In Beguinet's time at Duke,
the women's program has compiled a 215-238 record under his direction and
produced one 3-time NCAA Champion and five All-Americas, while the men's
program has posted a 245-193 mark with 12 All-Americas and one National Champion.
Beguinet has helped Blue Devil Fencers in reaching the NCAA Fencing Championships
for 26 of his 28 years while sending over 80 participants to the national
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.
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.
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.
He lives with his artist
wife of 29 years, Elizabeth on their recently acquired abandoned farm,
restoring it to working order. They have one daughter, Heather, who is a Duke
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