Darius Wei begins his third year with the program after joining the Duke coaching staff in July of 2012. He is a coaching veteran of over 10 years with stints at the University of Rochester (2002-08), the Northwest Fencing Center (2008-2011) and the Vega Fencing Academy (2011-12).
In his second season, Wei helped guide the Blue Devils to a 10th-place finish at the 2014 NCAA Championships. As the staff’s foil specialist, Wei mentored a women’s foil unit that had three fencers produce at least 40 wins and a men’s squad that boasted four fencers with at least 20 wins.
Previously Wei coached at the Northwest Fencing Center in Portland, Ore., working with the senior women’s foil team that won back-to-back national championships in 2008 and 2009 and the senior men’s foil team which won a national championship in 2010 and a bronze medal in 2011. Athletes who have trained with Darius have earned success at a high level, including North American Cup finals, National Championships and NCAA Championship berths.
A native of Greenwood, Ind., Wei holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the Rochester Institute of Technology (2001). He is married to Kathryn Pierrynowski.
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