Gary Copeland – Head Coach

Founder and head coach of Northern Colorado Fencers since 1979. Gary has coached more than 800 U.S. national competition finalists (1st-8th place) from 1988-2015, including 46 individual U.S. national champions, 14 U.S. national team champions, and 64 junior and cadet World champions and Pan-American team positions.

Gary was named 1999 U.S. Olympic Committee Fencing Coach of the Year and has served as U.S. National Team coach on more than 20 U.S. national teams. He was the Assistant Director of the U.S. Fencing Coaches College at the U.S. Olympic Training center in Colorado Springs, from 1994 to 2006.


Scott Permer – Assistant Coach

Scott Permer is a Prevot certified by the United States Fencing Coaches Assocition and has been a fencer for more than 20 years, and has coached for 13. He has taught at CSU, and in Fort Collins, Windsor, and Boulder.

In Boulder, he is currently an assistant to Gary Copeland, Master Fencer and Coach, at Northern Colorado Fencers.

Scott teaches all skills levels and has helped fencers to qualify for National Championships and Junior Olympics, but he specializes in working with beginners and has taught many summer camps and youth classes. He strives not only to teach the technical aspects of the sport, but also to model good health habits, manners and positive sporting behavior for athletes. He brings thoughtfulness and enthusiasm to all his classes.