CAMBRIDGE, Mass.- A former NCAA Champion and U.S. Olympian, Eli Dershwitz '19 returns to Harvard as a volunteer assistant coach. This hire adds a familiar face to the staff in Cambridge.
"Eli achieved many firsts in college fencing and internationally, for USA fencing, in men's sabre. His presence on our staff provides inspiration for our student-athletes to strive towards their academic and athletic goals," said head coach Daria Schneider. "Supporting Eli in his bid for his second consecutive Olympic Games is an honor for our program."
Over the course of his Harvard career, Dershwitz had a record of 257-30 (.895) and earned two first team All-America honors, four first team All-Ivy League honors and two CoSIDA Academic All-America honors. He won back to back NCAA and Ivy League titles in men's sabre and capped off his Harvard career with a perfect 32-0 record his senior year.
Dershwitz also brings a wealth of success on the international stage where he won gold at three Senior World Cups in Algeria, Italy and Poland in 2017, 2018 and 2019, respectively. He captured silver at the 2018 World Championships in Wuxi, China, his first individual metal at a World Cup Event, in 2017 at the World Cup in Madrid. He is the first U.S. men's sabre fencer to win the overall World Cup title, and has won 13 international individual senior level medals.
In 2015 Dershwitz qualified for the 2016 U.S. Olympic team. He helped the U.S. men's Sabre team win silver at the Budapest World Cup and was the top-ranked sabre fencer in the world during his senior season at Harvard.
Men's and women's fencing will open the 2019-20 season in Philadelphia at the Elite Invitational on November 16.