Hall of Fame
Hall of Fame
Harvard Athletic Achievements
Hall of Fame
Remembering Harvard Athletics
It is an honor and privilege to be standing here tonight. I am truly humbled to be included among the great athletes being recognized this year and those that have preceded us into the Harvard Varsity Club Hall of Fame. Congratulations to all.
I have several vivid memories of my Harvard Fencing experience. I will never forget the St. Patrick’s Day Zoran Tulum, Kevin McCarthy and I spent in South Bend, Indiana on the eve of the 1987 NCAA Men’s Individual Epee championships. I would like to thank them for being there. We were all so relaxed, as if we knew how magical the next day would be for Harvard Fencing and me. The next day, I remember hoisting the trophy and seeing the pride in Ben Zivkovic’s eyes. It was truly a special moment. Defeating Yale, Princeton and Pennsylvania during my Harvard career was very special. The other very special times include the Penn State Open in 1986, the IFA championships my senior year, and being elected team captain.
Fencing has a long and storied history here at Harvard. There have been many great contributors to the program over the last century; I would like to take this opportunity to thank them and their families for their strong support, without which the Harvard program would not be what it is today. Thank You. I am proud to be part of this legacy. I’d like to give special recognition to the great contribution to Harvard Fencing made by Luca Cicchetti and Jeff Levy, my team captains and mentors in my freshman year, and Kevin McCarthy, the team captain my junior year.
I have been blessed with incredible coaches and mentors over the years. My high school coach, Elliot Lillien, brought an unbridled enthusiasm and an historical perspective. Joe Pechinsky gave me a winning game and the self-confidence to become a champion. Ben Zivkovic, who is a fantastic promoter of Harvard Fencing, gave Harvard fencers everything we needed to succeed. Zoron Tulum brought energy and a sense of confidence to the program in his short time here. And, after college, Aladar Kogler, who helped me refine my game to be competitive on the International scene. Thank you Masters.
My mom, what can I say? Thank you for taking me to all those practices and tournaments growing up. Thank you for inspiring us to never settle for anything less than excellence. To my late father, your love of sports and intellectual curiosity were contagious. To my sister, a NCAA champion, Olympic Team member and Hall of Fame inductee at her alma mater, UPenn, thanks for setting the bar so high. To my brother, thanks for all those wrestling matches in the living room growing up. I’m sure I would never have been the athlete I was without the competition you provided. I also want to thank my wife Kristen for her support and companionship over the last eight years. My wife and daughter are the center of my world and where I wish to spend my time.
I am very grateful for the education and opportunities that Harvard has provided me. Fencing has been a very important part of my life. I have developed many life long friends through fencing that I cherish. I’d like to thank the Hall of Fame Committee for making this wonderful evening possible.