Edwin Hurst
Fencing Master

Coach Hurst is accredited a Maitre d’Armes (Master of Arms) by the Academie d’Armes Internationale and as a Fencing Master by the U.S. Fencing Coaches Association (USFCA). He is a former president of that organization as well as serving for several years on its nine-member Certification & Accreditation Board, the body that examines and certifies fencing coaches in the United States. He is currently the Chair of the USFCA Awards Committee, the body that recognizes the best fencing coaches in the country and also names the annual Collegiate Varsity All-American Team.

He has been a private fencing coach since 1987, teaching in both Los Angeles and San Diego, and also coaching the University of California at Santa Barbara club team. Previous to that he was Men’s and Women’s Varsity Fencing Coach for 8 years at Stanford University and the Assistant Fencing Coach at California State University, Northridge for another 3. While at Northridge he obtained Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Physical Education. He is a 1962 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, where he was a First Team All-American in sabre and a member of Navy’s NCAA Champion fencing team. After his graduation from Annapolis he served as a Navy carrier pilot during the Vietnam War. He studied theatrical fencing under Maestro Ralph Faulkner of Hollywood, CA and taught an accredited course in stage fencing at Stanford.

He numbers among his current and former students four All-Americans, one World Championship silver medalist, five U.S. National Champions, three members of Junior World Teams, several Pacific Coast Championship and California State Games medalists, and San Diego Division champions in all three men’s events and women’s foil & sabre.

In 1984 he served as the Competition Manager for Fencing for the XXIII Olympic Games in Los Angeles. In 1988 he was named the “Coach of the Year” of the Western Region by the U.S. Fencing Coaches Association. He served as Vice-President of the U.S. Fencing Association from 1996 to 2000, and as a top-rated official, refereed the gold medal bouts in several national championships.

David Burgess
Assistant Coach & Armorer

Coach Burgess is a 1981 graduate of San Diego State University, where he was a member of that school’s varsity fencing team. He was a silver medallist at the 1981 Western Intercollegiate Championships, and then moved to Alaska where he helped found the Anchorage Fencing Club and served as its coach. Not only did he win many state titles in all three weapons, but one of his students won the 1991 National Division II Epee Championship, while another took the silver medal at the 1997 National Division II Foil Championship. During that time, his students won seven individual Alaska State Championships as well. In 2001, he won the bronze medal in Sabre at the U.S. National Veterans’ Championship. He teaches fencing classes at Cabrillo and serves as the club’s senior armorer. In that speciality he has a national reputation, is regularly invited to work at major U.S.tournaments, and was selected to be the Head Armorer for the USFA’s 2008 Division I National Championships. He also serves as the Armorer of the UC San Diego varsity fencing team.
Torrey Burgess
Assistant Coach

Torrey also works with our younger fencers and adult beginning tournament fencers, but since he has competed at all national levels in sabre as well as foil, he offers private lessons in both those weapons. He has earned competitor classifications of “B” in all weapons, and is also a nationally-rated fencing referee and well-known and respected official in California. He studied both foil & sabre with Maestro Hurst for years here at Cabrillo. He is the son of our Armorer, Dave Burgess.. He holds an AS Degree in Biotechnology from Southwestern College and is also certified as an Ass’t Moniteur.

Nicolle Hodges
Membership Coordinator
Nicolle is the primary contact for visitors to the club as well as the liaison with our membership. She handles the billing, maintains the coaches’ lesson schedules, operates the Pro Shop, and coordinates the repair work sent to the Armorer. Born and raised in National City, she graduated from Hilltop High in Chula Vista. She has considerable experience in sales and Customer Service in various organizations, and is our members’ go-to person here at Cabrillo.