Hooked on Fencing is coached by a group of dedicated coaches. Each of our coaches brings a unique personality and skill set to the sport, but all are committed to bringing out the best in our fencers. At HoF, we believe that every fencer deserves coaches who will partner with them on their fencing journey, and enable them with the skills they need to succeed.


Walt Dragonetti

Founder, head coach and most accomplished fencer at Hooked on Fencing. Walt began fencing in high school in 1972 and competed nationally and internationally until 1983. After a 14 year layoff, he returned to the sport in 1997 for fun and fitness. After earning silver and bronze medals at the Veterans World Championships in 2007 and 2008, Walt become the World Champion in 2009 and 2017 and is the Four-time Veteran National Champion (2017, 2012, 2011, 2010). Walt says, "contrary to popular opinion, fencing to me is not about the winning, but about trying to be better today then yesterday."


Ionut (Johnny) Ana

Hooked on Fencing's armorer, web administrator and operations manager. In addition to running the important day-to-day aspects of the club, Johnny also competes and coaches. Johnny is an 'A' rated, nationally ranked fencer.


Nick Arlington

Nick has been fencing at Hooked on Fencing since 2004. After leading the Miami University Fencing Club from 2010-2012, Nick join Hooked on Fencing as a coach in 2012. Nick is an 'A' rated, nationally ranked fencer.