Head Coach Atilio Tass has been involved in the sport of fencing for over 20 years. Not only a coach, Tass is also a world class competitor, referee and teacher. His training as a coach comes from the Hungarian Sport University, where he earned his coaching diploma in fencing in 1988. He coaches all three weapons.
A native of Buenos Aires, Argentinia, Tass competed in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and 1980 Olympics in Moscow, as well as six different World Championships from 1985 to 1991, and three Pan American Games. He was the South American Champion in 1980, 1983 and 1986, the Argentinian National Champion in 1983 and 1984, and earned a bronze medal at the 1979 Pan Am Championship.
Tass has been an official referee for the US Fencing Team since 1990 and was selected to referee the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. He was also invited to referee the last six NCAA Championships.
Tass worked as an assistant coach at the University of Notre Dame in 1988. He was proprietor, manager, and head coach of the Tuscon (AZ) Fencing Club, coaching there from 1990-1999 at all levels, from beginners to competitive members.
Tass, who is fluent in English, Spanish, Italian, and Hungarian, has also worked in TV, producing and directing a two-hour show, "The World of Fencing," for cable. He also created a magazine format show titled, "Fencing Action News".