Head Coach Alex Kushkov
Alex was born in Kyiv, Ukraine. Alex received a B.A. in physical education and coaching fencing with honors from Ukrainian State University of Physical Education and Sport. He received an M.A. in Physical Therapy with honors from National University of Ukraine for Physical Education and Sport. Alex also holds a Doctorate NUUPES, ABD in Physical Training and Sport.
Alex has been fencing for over 28 years, training at a specialized fencing schools in the Ukraine from childhood including Upper Specialized Sport High School of Olympic Reserves. He trained with Olympic Ukrainian coaches Oleg Tretyak (Stamford Fencing Center, CT) and Michael Shimshovich (Island Fencing Academy and Manhattan Fencing Center, NY).
In addition to being the head coach at Dynamo Fencing Center, Alex is currently the head coach of the Tufts University Men’s Club Fencing Team and runs a fencing program at Shaloh House Jewish Day School.
In Ukraine, Alex was a physical therapist at National University of Physical Education and Sport of Ukraine, and the Director of International Children’s Summer Camps and Youth Programs during his career.
Alex is married and has four beautiful boys.
Saber Coach Eva Jellison
Eva has been fencing for seventeen years. She earned her first A rating at 15 and has held top 8 rankings in the youth, cadet and junior national standings. Eva earned a top rank of 11th in senior point standings. She fenced for the Stanford University Varsity Fencing Team from 2005-2009, serving as team captain from 2007-2009. Eva was a four-time Western Regional Champion and qualifier to NCAA championships. She is a three-time All-American.
Eva has been coaching in some capacity since 2001. She has coached at Concord-Carlisle High School, Cardinal Fencing Club in Stanford, CA, Almaden Fencing Center in San Jose, CA, Moe Fencing Club in Somerville, MA, the D.C. Fencing Center in Silver Spring, MD, and the Anchorage Fencing Club, in Anchorage, AK.