2019-2020 Division Officers
Robert C. Piraino
Robert has been involved in the fencing community for 20+ years. He attended The Ohio State University where he was a Scholar Athlete on the Varsity Fencing Team, and has since served in various leadership positions across the fencing community. He is the owner and head coach of Music City Fencing Club in Nashville, which was recognized by USA Fencing as the 2018 and 2019 Club of Excellence. Robert has served as the TN Division Chairman since 2014, and is the Vice President of the Southeast Fencing Organization. He is devoted to developing the sport across the State of Tennessee as well as the entire Southeast.
William has been fencing since his freshman year in college when he joined the fencing club at the University of Tennessee Knoxville in 2008. Over the past 10+ years, he has competed as a foilist while also being one of the coaches for UT’s Fencing Club. Additionally, William is a USA Fencing certified and rated referee at the local, regional, and national levels, and strives to increase and improve the referee cadre in the Tennessee Division. Under William’s guidance, the TN Division has seen in increase in the number of certified referees, as well as in overall increase in our referees' skill levels.
Zeno was born in the Netherlands, and began fencing nearly 15 years ago, when he first moved to the US. He trained under accomplished fencing Master Paul Sise (Maître d'Armes), initially as a competitor, and later also as a coach. He has earned his Moniteur d'Armes (Foil, Épée and Saber) coaching certification from the U.S. Fencing Coaches Association (USFCA), internationally recognized by the Academie d'Armes International (AAI) and its member organizations. He moved to Tennessee in 2019, and is excited to be a part of the Tennessee Division and make an impact on the sport.
Treasurer & Secretary
Ronald F. Wilson
Ron was introduced to foil fencing in 1972 in a college physical education class. He set aside his casual recreational fencing activities as he completed law school and began his almost 30-year career as an in-house corporate attorney. Upon retirement in 2008, Ron renewed his interest in fencing and currently is a member of Cumberland d’Escrime and Music City Fencing Club, both in the Nashville area. During his career, Ron gained extensive experience performing or managing the secretary function of three corporations. He also served about seven years as the treasurer of his homeowners association in Nashville. Ron says that even in retirement he vigorously enjoys participating in the sport and that he has an interest in seeing amateur fencing flourish at all levels across the State of Tennessee.