Michael Marx and Student at Boston Fencing Club
7 July 1958 |
Portland, Oregon, United States
Michael Marx (born 7 July 1958) is an American foil and epee fencer and fencing master. He is the brother of Robert Marx, who has also represented the U.S. in multiple Olympic fencing events. Michael and his brother were taught to fence by their mother, fencing coach Colleen Olney, who is considered by many prominent fencers to be "the mother of fencing in Oregon".
Marx won a silver medal in foil at the World University Games in 1985, the highest finish ever by a U.S. team member. He is an 8-time United States national men's foil champion (1977, 1979, 1982, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1990, and 1993). He is also a four-time Olympian in both foil and epee (1984, 1988, 1992, and 1996). Marx won the silver medal in team foil at the Pan American Games in 1979 and 1983, and the bronze in 1987. He won the bronze medal in individual foil in 1987.
He served as vice president of the United States Fencing Association (USFA) from 1992 and 1996. He is a staff member of the USFA Coaches College, coaching upper level classes, and writing manuals and teaching.
Marx received his Master of Arms degree in Poland in 1993 after spending several months studying under Prof. Zbigniew Czajkowski at the Academy of Physical Education in Katowice. In recent years he has served as the U.S. national women's épée coach, and his students have included U.S. Team member Cody Mattern.
Marx was fencing master at Northwest Fencing Center in Beaverton, Oregon, until 2008 when he accepted a position as full-time assistant coach at Duke University in North Carolina. Marx returned to Northwest Fencing Center after a year as a coach at Duke University. Since January 2010 he has been Director of Fencing Operations at the Boston Fencing Club.
Marx was inducted into the USFA Hall of Fame in 1997. In 2003, Marx was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame, the first fencer to be so honored. Marx is also a 5-time USOC Athlete of the Year.