David Sach
David Sach
Title: Head Coach
Email: david.sach@tufts.edu

David Sach is in his fourth season as head coach of the Tufts University women’s fencing team. Under his leadership, the Jumbos are an emerging program in the competitive Northeast region.

Last season, eight members of Sach's Tufts team competed in the 2020 NCAA Northeast Regionals. That was the most regional qualifiers for the Jumbos since 2016. Current sophomore Kaitlyn Gill made the semifinal pool in the épée event to highlight the 2020 Regionals for the Jumbos.

Tufts finished fifth in the Northeast Fencing Conference (NFC) with an 8–4 record for the 2019-20 season. That marked a significant improvement from the team’s seventh-place conference finish in 2019 and an eighth-place in 2018. Three 2019-20 team members received honors from the NFC, including Gill being named to the first team after winning 27 of her 33 epee matches in NFC competition last season. Tufts had one honoree on both the 2018 and 2019 NFC All-Conference teams.

The Jumbos have hosted NFC multi-meets at Tufts in each of the last two seasons, welcoming schools such as Wellesley, Boston University and UMass to campus for a full day of fencing action. At the home meet held inside the Gantcher Center in 2020, Tufts won five of their six competitions.

Tufts is a place where individuals can learn to fence from Coach Sachs as well. In 2020, current senior Subin Jeong was named as the recipient of the NFC's Sachs Award. The honor is named after Elif and Jason Sachs, former coaches at Tufts, and is given to the fencer with the best record who started fencing in college.

The women’s fencing team also excels academically. The team carries a 3.60 cumulative grade point average and had five team members earn New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) All-Academic team honors with GPA’s of 3.50 or better for 2019-20. Jeong and current senior Lillie Ahearn were inducted into the Tufts chapter of Phi Beta Kappa in 2020, indicative of academic excellence, intellectual commitment and exceptional originality and achievement.

Sach is a 1999 graduate of Royal Holloway, University of London. He also works as the Director of Operations at Boston Fencing Club, one of the oldest of its kind in the country. As a fencer, he won a number of cadet, junior, and senior national titles including a run of five back-to-back Junior National Championships, and two silver individual medals and a team gold at the Commonwealth Games. As a coach, he served as a British Fencing World Class Performance Pathway Sabre coach and has helped produce several national champions, World Cup medalists, a Cadet World Champion, and Olympians.