Seoung Woo Lee joined the Columbia fencing staff as a foil/epee coach in February 2012. Formerly the head coach of the Korean National Senior Women's Foil team, Lee has extensive coaching experience with junior and cadet foil and epee students.
In his third season with the Lions, the men’s and women’s fencing program captured the 2015 NCAA National Championship, the 14th title in program history and the first since 1993. For the first time in both program and Ivy League history, the men’s and women’s teams were ranked No. 1 simultaneously, a feat that had not been accomplished by any program since 2012. At the NCAA Championship, Margaret Lu earned the women’s foil runner up, Jake Hoyle captured the men’s epee championship, and Brian Ro was the men’s epee bronze medalist. Additionally, nine Lions garnered All-American honors, the most for the program since 2007.
Columbia saw the men’s team hoist the Ivy League trophy in 2013-14 as the Lions’ men finished first at the Round-Robins and 29-3 overall, while the women posted a third place showing against Ancient Eight foes and finished 24-3 overall. For their efforts agains the Ivies, six men and three women garnered All-Ivy League status.
Lee’s second campaign also saw the men’s squad atop the national rankings for the first time in program history. At NCAAs, Columbia finished seventh for the second consecutive year and four Lions picked up All-American honors.
Lee’s first season included second-place finishes by both the men’s and women’s teams at the Ivy League Championships. Five men and seven women earned All-Ivy League honors for the 2012-13 season.
The 2013 NCAA Championships concluded with a seventh-place finish for the Lions, alongside an individual silver-medal finish from Jackie Dubrovich and five All-American honorees.
Lee was most recently a coach at the Fencers Club and Peter Westbrook Foundation in New York City. Coaching epee and foil, he has coached a number of Olympic medalists and World champions. Prior to coaching in New York, Lee coached in his native South Korea and led the Korean National Women's Foil team from 2005-06.
From 1998-2004, Lee coached foil and epee at the Paris University Club in France. While in France, Lee received a Master's diploma from the rigorous and demanding program of the National Masters Fencing Academy of France, in foil epee and sabre. He also holds diplomas from both the Korean National Sport University and the Korean National Masters Fencing Academy.
Fluent in Korean, English and French, Lee resides in northern New Jersey.