Daria Schneider Named Head Coach of Men’s and Women’s Fencing

Graphic of Daria Schneider, the Harvard men's & women's fencing coach

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Following an outstanding collegiate and international career, Daria Schneider has been named the head coach of the Harvard men's and women's fencing programs.

"We are delighted to announce Daria Schneider as the head coach of our men's and women's fencing teams," said Bob Scalise, The John D. Nichols '53 Family Director of Athletics. "Daria brings to Harvard a very accomplished background both as a head coach and as a fencer, and she will be a tremendous leader for our student-athletes and program."

Schneider comes to Cambridge after a three-year stint as the head coach at Cornell, where she was named the 2018 Ivy League Co-Coach of the Year. Under her leadership, the Big Red tallied 34 victories in three years, including a program best 19 wins in 2016-17. Schneider's first class of recruits earned the best finish for Cornell at NCAA Championships since 1984. 

"I am thrilled to be named head coach of Harvard fencing, and I am grateful for this unparalleled opportunity to build on Harvard's strengths and successes," Schneider said.  "I look forward to working with scholar-athletes, Harvard Athletics colleagues and the wider Harvard community to make a leading fencing program ever more vibrant and dominant."

Excelling on the strip herself, Schneider was a five-time national team member for the United States, and a two-time medalist at the world championships in 2011 and 2012. She was also the U.S. Fencing national champion in 2011, and was ranked as high as second in the country and 13th in the world.

Raised in Brookline, Massachusetts, Schneider enjoyed a record-breaking collegiate career at Columbia, where she won the NCAA sabre championship in 2007, followed by a bronze finish in 2009, as she earned her second NCAA All-American honors. A three-time first team All-Ivy League honoree and two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American, Schneider was elected to the Columbia Athletics Hall of Fame in 2014. She also began her collegiate coaching career at Columbia, where she was an assistant coach from 2010-14, including a stint as the interim head coach in 2011.

A member of the USA Fencing Board of Directors and the U.S. Olympic Committee Athlete Advisory Council, Schneider becomes the eighth head coach of the men's team at Harvard, and the third of the women's program.

The Harvard men's and women's fencing programs have combined for 14 Ivy League titles, as well as the 2006 NCAA championship, which stands as one of four NCAA titles in Harvard history. Consistently ranked in the top-10 in the country, Harvard's program has produced nine Olympians, 11 NCAA individual champions and 115 All-America selections in its 131-year history.