COACHING STAFF

GRAYSON KATZENBACH

Head Coach

Grayson stumbled upon fencing through a class she saw with her sister, and she never looked back! She founded and owned a private fencing academy in Virginia and was Captain of University of Virginia Fencing before moving to Missoula as Head Coach of MFA. She has served as a National Official for USA Fencing since age 15, is a multi-time Virginia State Champion, and is the first Virginian to compete in the Junior Olympics in all three weapons. In her spare time, she loves playing with her bunny Agatha, exploring the outdoors, and experimenting in the kitchen. Grayson believes that everyone has a bit of fencer in them, and it's her goal to help you unleash your inner cavalier!

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MYLES LUEDEKE

Assistant Coach

Myles is a Missoula native who has been part of the MFA family for the past 8 years. He can usually be found teaching epee and giving private lessons, but occasionally assists in summer camps and adult classes. Myles' passion for fencing is infectious, and he gives his full dedication to each and every student. It his goal to help students reach their full potential not only as an athlete but also as a person. Myles holds the second highest national rating in epee and will be fencing for Laurence University's NCAA team in the fall.

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SOPHIE LOEHDE

Assistant Coach

Sophie joined the MFA coaching staff two years ago, and has been an invaluable asset ever since. Being an assistant coach gives her the chance to pass on her love for fencing and the knowledge she has been taught by others. Sophie is a full time student at the University of Montana studying Forensic Anthropology.  Her career goal is to join the FBI.  When not fencing or studying, she can be found playing drums, skateboarding and snowboarding.

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

As a 501(c)(3), Missoula Fencing Association, Inc. is governed by a Board of Directors made up of adult fencers, alumni, and parents of youth fencers.

MATT CLAUSEN

President

Matt is a long time fencing enthusiast and bring his passion for the sport through serving as President. Usually found with a smile on his face chatting with clubmates, Matt fences foil but will also fence epee if there are no other choices. Outside the club, Matt is an English teacher at an area high school. He also enjoys the outdoors–hiking, biking, and kayaking his way around Western Montana.

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ED HIGGINS

Vice-President

Ed is a dedicated fencing parent who helps out with personnel and staffing at the fencing club. In past lives Ed was a FIFA licensed soccer referee, a credentialed high school teacher, and volleyball coach.  These days Ed is an attorney practicing at a non-profit that provides free civil legal help to low income individuals.  He is a certified Basic Archery Instructor through the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP). He also enjoys distance and off road unicycling.

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JESSIE PILSBURY

Treasurer

Jessie started fencing in college and competes in both foil and epee. When she isn’t fencing or managing the club’s finances, Jessie works for a local telecommunications company, tends to her community garden plot, and enjoys the outdoors. Jessie is also active promoting fencing around the region, serving as the Inland Empire division president for the 2019-20 season.

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BEN MARTIN

Sergeant-at-Arms

Ben began fencing back in college and has been a fan of the sport ever since. As a member of the board, he heads up the facilities committee. Ben fences foil, is a counselor at an area high school, and has taken up blacksmithing and knife making in his spare time.

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