Danny Assad - Head Coach

As a long-time student of fencing Danny enjoys teaching and

watching his students succeed.  Danny started fencing at age 5 and

learned how to fence from the previous coach of SIFC Steve Khinoy. 

Once he became older Danny began taking fencing more seriously

and started to train and take lesions at the Fencers Club in Manhattan

over 5 years. Danny has competed in numerous fencing events all 

across the country including summer nationals and junior Olympics. 

Danny's family would plan and take vacations that would coincide

with many of these events. Danny was also a Staten Island Advance

All Star as a Tottenville High School fencer.  Danny was named

Head Coach of the SIFC in December of 2018.

           

In Danny's professional life he has a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics and currently works as a Project Manager for a steel distribution company.  Danny has found that fencing has helped in his life, enabling him to develop life skills to a higher level.  For example, fencing has helped him learn to focus and listen as well and taught him to be careful but decisive.  Fencing overall is a great sport and Danny enjoys teaching it to people.

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 David Setlow - Club President & Manager

 

David has been a member of the Staten Island Fencing Center since 2004

when he and daughter Corinne began with an 8-week introduction course.

His wife, Deborah, knowing David's fascination with sword fighting in

movies, found out about the club and signed them up. David was 48 at the

time and Corinne was 13.  Both David and Corinne enjoyed it so much they

became club members and took regular classes every week.  Corinne joined

her high school fencing team at the High School of Art & Design in

Manhattan and became the team Captain and assistant Coach and led the

team to its first PSAL playoffs in years.

David soon became a board member, working along with Club President

& Coach Susan Monardo and Founder and Head Coach Stephan Khinoy.

He helped in several areas including the move to some of the different locations that the club called home, even helping to build the new facilities.  Utilizing his skills as an artist and designer, David created posters, promotional flyers and ads and other graphics for the SIFC including several  logos the club still uses.  He spearheaded important marketing initiatives to promote the club including having the SIFC host a vendor table at the Richmond County Fair and the Back to the Beach Festival. 

When Club President Stephan Khinoy decided to retire in 2018, David was named the new President and ran the SIFC along with fellow board members Ed Shaughnessy and Alan Miller.  Ed Shaughnessy passed away in 2019 and management of the SIFC is done by David who oversees the clubs’ finances, promotion, website, and equipment purchases and repairs.  He oversees Friday night Open Fencing while the teaching of all club classes and private lessons is handled by Coach Danny Assad.

Outside of fencing, David has been a professional designer and Art Director of high-end carpet for one of New York’s most prestigious interior design carpet and fabric companies for over 43 years.  He is currently a freelance carpet designer and illustrator. David is a graduate of the High School of Art & Design and has a BFA from the School of Visual Arts, both schools are in Manhattan.

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