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CHUCK SLAUGHTER
Head Coach
 
     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.

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BARY NUSZ
Coach
 
     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.

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JULEAH NUSZ
Assistant Coach
 
     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. 

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KALA SIMPSON
Assistant Coach
 
     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.)

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