Senior Teaching Assistants
Senior Teaching Assistants are known as "Red Shirts." Their
primary responsibilities are to assist the coaches during the class by managing strips and leading individual and group
drills as directed by the coaches. They are integral to managing Amarillo College's Beginning Adult and Children's Classes,
the Intermediate Children's Class and the Intermediate-Advanced Adult Class.
Red Shirts are ACFA's most experienced fencers. They have been appointed by the Head Coach after consultation with the
other coaches and confirmed by the Board. Most, if not all, have competed at USFA National Competitions, including the
National Junior Olympic Championships. Most hold a USFA classification in one or more weapons. Some
of these fencers also hold a "Fencing Instructor" or "Assistant Moniteur" certificate from the United States Fencing Coaches
All Red Shirt terms are one
year, beginning August 1st and ending July 31st. ACFA's current Red Shirts include:
- Grace Castleman
While the Red Shirt program is primarily designed to assist with the smooth operation of the Amarillo College Fencing Classes,
the Red Shirts also serve ACFA as an extension of the coaching staff. They are asked to serve as strip coaches at tournaments
for other ACFA fencers when coaches are not available. They also serve as mentors for new fencers.