UND Roster

2013-14 Fencing Roster

Alex Coccia


Class Senior
Hometown Columbus, OH
High School St. Charles Prep

Honors & AwardsMFC Sabre Sixth-Place Finisher (2012)MFC Sabre Eighth-Place Finisher (2011, 2014)Second Team All-MFC (2011, 2012, 2014)

AS A SENIOR: Saw limited action with the Irish, earning 16-37 record to finish career 74-66 … notched three wins at NYU Invitational, before going 4-10 the following day at St. John’s Invite … in Northwestern Duals, earned two notable wins against Princeton’s Michael Wiest (5-4) and Stanford’s Daniel Wolfson (5-3) … had best outing of the year at DeCicco Duals, finishing 7-3 … won 5-2 against Northwestern’s Jamie Chen before posting undefeated 3-0 mark against Wayne State opponents … finished the weekend 2-0 against Detroit sabreists Zaahid Muhammad (5-0) and Andrew Gibbons (5-2) … finished eighth at Midwestern Fencing Conference Championships, earning second-team All-MFC accolades for third time in his career … served as student body president throughout his senior campaign and was honored with the Rev. A. Leonard Collins Award through the university’s Student Affairs Office … earned a monogram.

AS A JUNIOR: Saw limited action with the Irish, competing in only the Notre Dame Duals … posted a 6-4 bout record to increase career record to 58-29 … won first match against Cleveland State by forfeit, then went down 5-4 to Tom Bienvenu … regrouped and won final match against the Warriors 5-0 … facing familiar Midwest Fencing Conference (MFC) foe Detroit, won first bout against Andrew Gibbons 5-2 before faltering versus Frank Adamani, 5-4 … won final bout against the Titans by forfeit … was undefeated against Northwestern, posting scores of 5-2 and 5-4 against Charles Geter and John Kinol respectively … lost by one touch to Lawrence[apos]s Graham Jones, 5-4 … bested Chicago[apos]s Stephen McHugh 5-1 to finish the competition … at the MFC Championships, finished 13th out of 76 sabreists … was elected student body president for his senior year at the University.

AS A SOPHOMORE: Finished in sixth place at the Midwest Fencing Conference Championships on way to being named to the all-MFC second team … sported an unblemished record in five bouts during pool play, adding a +21 indicator … concluded the regular season with a 32-18 record for the sabre team … participated in all five regular season dual meets for the Irish … earned a monogram … carded a 10-2 record at the Air Force Duals, posting 5-0 clean sheets against Cal Tech[apos]s Jonathan Bayliss, Joseph Grief and Jonathan Schor … posted a 5-8 record at the St. John[apos]s Duals, closing the competition with 2-1 victories over opponents from No. 3 St. John[apos]s and No. 9 Columbia … seized a perfect record at the Notre Dame Duals (3-0) with victories over Illinois, Wayne State and Detroit … capped off the year with an 8-2 performance at the Northwestern Duals, claiming two bouts against No. 8 Duke.

AS A FRESHMAN: Concluded inaugural year with Irish program with a record of 20-7 … earned first monogram … travelled to New York for season-opening weekend at the NYU Invitational … at the NYU Invite, finished with a record of 6-1 including going 3-0 against NYU … clinched the overall match victory for the Irish en route to his first career collegiate win, defeating Columbia[apos]s Tomasz Otlowski 5-0 … secured the sabre victory in following matchup against Stevens Tech, taking down Dmitri Lamianski on the final touch, 5-4 … in perfect match against NYU, defeated Hugo Rodriguez (5-2), Ben Radding (5-2) and Vincent Dodson (5-1) … finished a perfect 7-0 at the Notre Dame Duals, notching wins against Detroit (1-0), Air Force (3-0), Wayne State (1-0), Northwestern (1-0) and Florida (1-0) … earned two big victories in Air Force match, clinching the sabre win with a 5-3 decision over Mike Gallagher and later clinching the overall match with a 5-3 triumph over NCAA participant Scott Pippin … finished with a mark of 5-1 the following day at the Northwestern Duals … opened with a 3-0 showing against Stanford, clinching the sabre victory with a 5-3 win over Jeremy Klepner … ended regular season with three victories at the Duke Duals, claiming one win in each of three matches against North Carolina, Duke and Johns Hopkins … earned second team all-MFC honors after reaching the quarterfinals of direct elimination draw at Midwest Fencing Conference Championships .. eventually fell to fellow Irish teammate Jason Choy (15-14) in the table of eight … later helped sabre squad claim the team weapon crown, part of the Irish claiming all six weapon titles … ended postseason at the NCAA Midwest Regional, finishing seventh with a mark of 4-5 in pool play.

PREP & PERSONAL: Fenced under the direction of Ohio State head coach Vladimir Nazlymov while attending St. Charles Preparatory High School in Columbus, Ohio … earned national ranking each of four year as well as capturing the state championship during his sophomore year … entered Notre Dame holding 10th in the rankings in the junior division as well as 30th in the senior division … competed in three junior events during the `10-11 circuit, earning points at two of the competitions … place 31st at the Preis der Chemiestadt in Dormagen for four points and finished 53rd at the Wurth-Junioren-Weltcup in Kunzelsau for two points … biggest thrill to-date is competing in Poland as a sophomore in high school … son of Peter and Nena Coccia … father graduated from Notre Dame in `72 … graduated in May 2014 with a Bachelors degree from the College of Arts and Letters as an Africana studies major, with a supplemental major in peace studies.

Coccia[apos]s Career Record

Year W L Pct. NCAA Finish
2011 20 7 .740
2012 32 18 .640
2013 6 4 .600
2014 16 34 .320
Career 75 63 .543