Chuck Slaughter is the Head Coach
and a competitive fencer with ACFA. He has been fencing competitively since 1999. Chuck is the coach for the Beginning
and Intermediate Youth Fencing Classes in Amarillo College's "personal enrichment" department, teaching children ages
8 to 13. He also serves as the coach for the Amarillo College adult beginning fencing class
and the intermediate to advanced fencers at AC. He is also the primary coach of Juleah Nusz, the 2009 USFA National
Champion in Junior Women's Epee.
Chuck was selected as the 2006
Volunteer Coach of the Year by the United States Fencing Association and was a National Finalist for the 2006 United States
Olympic Committee Volunteer Coach of the Year Award. He has completed his Level 1 Coaches certification in foil and
epee at the United States Fencing Association's Coaches College, held at the U. S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs,
Colorado. He has served as Chairman, Vice-Chairman
and Secretary of the Plains Texas Division of the USFA. He is currently serving as Division Chairman.
He is married to Gayle, and they
have two children, Jared and Courtney. He has been an Assistant District Attorney in Amarillo, Potter County, Texas,
since 1989. He is the chief prosecutor in the 181st District Court and has worked extensively with local
law enforcement agencies investigating child abuse in Potter County. He is a member of the board of directors
of The Bridge Children's Advocacy Center in Amarillo.
Primarily an epee coach, Bary is also the Assistant
Head Coach for ACFA and a competitive fencer. Coach Nusz also serves as the Vice-Chairman of the Plains Texas Division.
For the last few year, he has also served as the tournament
director for all of the tournaments hosted by the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. He also heads
up ACFA's tournament committee and is the director of the Amarillo Open Fencing Tournament.
He is employed as an engineer with Falafel Software,
which is based out of Santa Cruz, California. He is married to Aimee (a huge asset to ACFA herself) and is the
father of Juleah and Derik.
Juleah Nusz has been appointed by the Head
Coach to serve as an Assistant Coach for epee at ACFA. Juleah also serves as a class coach for the Youth II Fencing
Class on Monday nights. Juleah has been fencing at AC since 2003, beginning in the youth class when she was 11 years
old. While she started out as a foil fencer, Juleah quickly found her niche as an epee fencer and she has competed in
local, regional, national, and international tournaments. She had a memorable run of winning a national medal
at Summer Nationals every year from the time she was 12 until she was 18 years old. Among her many medals include the
Gold Medal in Junior Women's Epee at the 2009 Summer National Championships in Grapevine, Texas, and the Silver Medal in the
same event at the 2010 National Championships in Atlanta, Georgia.
Kala serves a Coach for the Youth I and II fencing
classes at Amarillo College and assists the other coaches during practice. (More information to follow.)