Dayn DeRose has announced his retirement from the Drew University fencing program he helped build.
will take over as the interim head coach.
The Rangers’ next competition is the Pennsylvania Invitational on Jan. 25.
In DeRose’s 20 years at the helm, the Rangers men won the MACFA team title four times, while the women won six straight EWFC titles and earned several runner-up finishes in the NIWFA. DeRose was also responsible for restoring the women’s fencing team to varsity status in 1997 after a 13-year hiatus.
The Rangers have qualified for the NCAA regional championships for the past 19 years, and nine individual fencers have advanced to nationals.
“I’m happy with the legacy and I’m also enthusiastic for the future of Drew fencing,” DeRose said in a press release. “Drew became famous in places where it had been unknown because of the fencing program. There were Division I programs launching teams emulating what we were doing. There were so many strong and levelheaded fencers that helped set the bar high.”