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Darius Wei will enter his seventh year with the program in 2019 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 sixth season as the staff’s foil specialist, Wei helped the Blue Devil men to a 24-3 ledger while the women played to a 23-5 record. Wei mentored a men’s foil squad with three fencers with 40+ victories in Eoin Gronningsater (48), Brycen Rushing (48) and Jan Maceczek (45) and two women in Julia Gianneschi (57) and Rhiannon Harvey (40). At the ACC Championships, Gronningsater captured silver while Rushing finished just short of the podium in fourth. At the Mid-Atlantic/South Regional, Rushing placed second while Gronningsater and Harvey notched fifth. Wei also led Gronningsater, Rushing, Harvey and Gianneschi to the NCAA Championships in State College, Pa., as Gronningsater captured fifth place for the first All-America honor of his career.

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 Wei 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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