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Fencing with UNE provides physical and cognitive benefits. UNE Fencers describe fencing like a physical game of chess. It takes strategy and quick reflexes. Your opponent can make an attack in any number of ways and your defense needs to come in at a split second. In the next split second, you have to make your attack. As an UNE fencer you will gain a sense of accomplishment when winning and learn from your defeats. You will learn to make complex decisions, analyze problems and think fast on your feet. We cultivate a culture of respect within the UNE Athletics Department. You have the talent within you. Our staff and trainers are able to bring that talent out and make you the fencer you were meant to be.

A Culture of Respect “We, the University of New England Men’s Fencing Team, seek to foster respect within the University Community. We will conduct ourselves both in and out of fencing bouts with civility. We will greet our opponents with respect. We will practice like we perform. We will uphold the founding principles of this University from the time we suit up to the last second of a bout. We are UNE Fencing.”



Are you interested in becoming part of the Inaugural Men’s Fencing team at the University of New England? It is time to show us what you are truly made of. July 1 is the new student recruitment session. Bring your equipment. Bring your best sabres and foils. Bring your game face because it is bout time for UNE Fencing. New student recruitment will be held at the UNE Arena on University Avenue at 2 in the afternoon. Be prepared to show us your best moves. Your parents are invited to meet with UNE Men’s Fencing staff and trainers. After several fencing bouts, we invite you to the New England Conference Center and Hotel for dinner where you can see what UNE Fencing is like outside of the Arena. We hope to see you there.


A letter from the HEAD COACH Dear Prospective UNE Fencer,

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It is my honor and privilege to serve as the new head fencing coach for UNE Athletics. I am so grateful for the opportunity to take over the inaugural Men’s Team as UNE embarks on a new frontier in intercollegiate sports. Without even knowing each other we are instantaneously bonded by one common goal: the success of UNE Fencing. To reach that goal it will take an incredible amount of work and dedication from all of us and the continued interest from prospective fencers like you. I have spent my entire life around education and art of fencing. After graduating from the University of Georgia in 1992, I immediately went to work at Ohio State as an assistant coach. After 11 successful years there I became the head coach at Auburn University where I have served as the head coach for the past 10 years. We’ve had tremendous success both in and out of the ring. But now it’s time to bring my 21 years of experience to The University of New England. I see such a wonderful opportunity for achievement at New England. I look forward to working with you and I look forward to meeting your parents. I can promise that I will devote every ounce of my heart and soul into the success of this program. I am so proud and grateful to serve as your new head fencing coach for the inaugural Men’s Fencing Team. I invite you to come to new student recruitment night on July 1st, 2013 and meet me as well as the men of UNE Fencing. University of New England

Recruitment Guide 2013

Coach Jim Burnett FENCING

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