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Fencing Master William Reith (affectionately known as Coach Bill to his students and their parents) has a long and distinguished career as an individual fencer and coach. He was inducted into the Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame in 1996 (, the Butler Area Sports Hall of Fame, 2004, Butler, PA (hometown), Marquis Who’s Who in the World, 2018, and in 2018 elected into the USFA Fencing Hall of Fame. He competed for Fenn College (now Cleveland State University) in the mid 1960s, and served as Head Coach from 1995 to 2001.  Coach Reith competed on the United States World Championship teams in 1974, 1975 and 1977.  He was a member of the 1975 USA Pan-American Games Epee Team winning a gold medal in the Epee Team Event. In 2001 Reith won the Bronze Medal in the World Championship Vetrans Epee event in Martinique, France.  Over the years hundreds of youth and adult fencers have been introduced to the sport of fencing by Coach Reith. He is known nationally and internationally as a successful coach whose pupils have excelled in USA Fencing national tournaments as well as collegiate programs. Three of Coach Reith’s pupils have qualified for the United States Olympic teams:

  • Steve Trevor  | 1984 and 1988
  • Jon Normile  | 1992
  • Jason Pryor   | 2016


  • 1981, Coach, US World Junior Championship Team, Lausanne, Switzerland.
  • 1983, Coach, US World Junior Championship Team, Budapest, Hungary. 1984, Armorer/Technician, Fencing Venue, Los Angeles Olympic Games 1984, Assistant Coach, US Olympic Team, Los Angeles, CA
  • 1984-85, Coach, US National Junior EliteTraining Camp, Lake Placid, NY.
  • 1985, Coach, US World Junior Championship Team, Arnhem, Netherlands.
  • 1985, Coach, US Junior Pan-Am Team, Guadalupe, France.
  • 1986, Coach, US Olympic Festival, Houston, TX.
  • 1986, Awarded Fencing Masters Diploma, Canadian Fencing Coaches Association, US Fencing Masters Association, International Academy of Armes.
  • 1987, Coach, US World University Games Team, Zagreb, Yugoslavia. 1992, Coach, US Junior World Cup Team, Budapest, Hungary.
  • 1997, Coach, US World Youth Championship Team, Moscow, Russia. 1998, Coach, US Junior World Cup Team, Catania, Italy, Laupheim, Germany.
  • 1996, Scorekeeper/Timer, Fencing Venue, Atlanta Olympic Games 1996-2001 Head Coach, Cleveland State University Men’s and Women’s Fencing Team.Sample Text

6 Years of Alcazar Fencing- 1978