Columbia Fencers Club: Coaches and Staff

Jane Littmann
Jane Littmann

Jane Littmann, Coach and Sports Psychologist

Jane Littmann was a member of two United States World Championship Teams in Women's Epee. She was a finalist in all three weapons at the United States National Championships. She won several North American Cups and was the North American Circuit Season point champion for two years. Jane was an A-classified fencer. Although she retired from competition in 1992, she "unretired" briefly to compete on the Columbia Fencers' Club Women's Epee team that won the 1999 United States Summer National Championships. Jane was a member of the United States Maccabiah Team that won the bronze medal in Women's Team Foil, and she has been a medalist in competitions in Europe. She achieved top 32 results in several World Cups in Women's Epee. She is an experienced referee (level 5 in Foil and level 4 in Epee) and has refereed at the Modern Pentathlon World Championships. Jane began coaching in the mid-1970's. She has been invited and participated in national and international fencing and coaching seminars and training camps for elite athletes and coaches, including at the United States Olympic Training Center.


Michael Tarascio,  Guest Coach

Michael Tarascio was a member of the United States World Championship Team in Men's Foil. He has fenced and coached in all three weapons. He was an A-classified Foil fencer, and independently earned B-classifications in Epee and Saber through his competition results in those weapons. Michael has been an invited participant attending the United States Fencing Association Coaches College and other coaching camps/international seminars at the United States Olympic Training Center for elite fencing coaches many times. These seminars provide advanced level training to qualified participants on the most recent and evolving developments in the sport.

Michael is a Level 4 Foil coach certified through the United States Fencing Association. In addition, he is certified through the Positive Coaching Alliance and the American Sports Education Program.

Michael teaches Recreational Classes for Youth, Teens and Adults. In addition, Michael teaches Advanced Level Technique and Tactics Classes and provides Individual Coaching for the Serious Competitive Fencer. 

Michael's philosophy on fencing is "Participate in fencing because it's fun".

Michael is the Head Coach of the New England Fencing Alliance. 



For more information, contact Jane at or 803-781-0056.





Michael Tarascio
Michael Tarascio