Seth Kelsey named new Director of Sports Performance at USA Fencing

Seth Kelsey

Seth Kelsey

Kelsey retires from his competitive career in fencing to take on new role at the US Fencing National Office.

Seth Kelsey was introduced as the new Director of Sports Performance and Development for USA Fencing yesterday [link].  In the new role, which replaces both the roles of High Performance Director and Director of Sports Strategy, Kelsey will lead staff that is responsible for the development of the national teams, grassroots athlete development, and coaching education.

Most recently, Kelsey capped off his competitive career with a World Championship Gold in Men’s Team Epee in 2012 as well as a 4th place individual finish at the 2012 Olympic Games.  The men’s team epee event was not contested at the 2012 Olympic Games.

Kelsey expressed excitement for the direction USA Fencing is taking under new CEO/Executive Director Val Belmonte.  Belmonte also expressed his enthusiasm for the choice of Kelsey, stating “[Seth is] part of a new generation of leader and I hope that he serves as a role model for any fencers who have aspirations of working in sports administration down the road.”‘

Kelsey brings to the role leadership and management experience from his time in the US Air Force as well as a distinguished athletic career.

Seth Kelsey 2012 Olympics

Seth Kelsey knocked off the #1 seed and went on to take 4th at the 2012 Games. (Photo C.Harkins)

Competitive Highlights:

  • 3 Time Olympian: 2004, 2008, and 2012 Olympic Games
  • 2012 Men’s Epee Team World Championships: Gold Medal
  • 2010 Men’s Epee Team World Championships: Silver Medal
  • 2012 Olympics: 4th Place Men’s Individual Epee
  • Member of US National Team since 2002

Additional Resources / References:

Discussion of Kelsey’s hiring is on the Fencing.Net Forums [link].
Full Release from USA Fencing: [link].


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