About Our Coaches

Bay State Fencers coaches are professionally trained in either the United States or Eastern Europe. They are committed to supporting fencers as they work to achieve their individual athletic and competitive goals.  BSF coaches teach classes, offer private lessons, support fencers during open fencing and bouting, and strip coach at local, regional and national competitions.

L. Stacy Eddy

Club Director

Mr. Eddy began his fencing career with an Introduction to Fencing course in college. He has also been involved with the Society of American Fight Directors since its inception in the early 1970’s. Fencing and stage combat have been important aspects of his career ever since. He owes his dedication to the art of the sword to two Masters, Alex Beguinet, Maître d’Armes and Head Coach of Duke Fencing, and David Boushey, founder and Fight Master Emeritus of the Society of American Fight Directors. The United States Fencing Coach Association (USFCA) and USA Fencing Coaches College certify Mr. Eddy in all three weapons. He is also a Prevot de Armes in Epee. Bay State Fencers is the culmination of a lifelong passion for, and commitment to, the sport of fencing. 

Iliya Mechkov

Competitive Program Director

Mr. Mechkov grew up fencing in Sofia, Bulgaria where he was a member of the Bulgarian National Fencing Team in Epee from 1989-2000. In 1996 he competed for Bulgaria in the individual epee event at the Summer Olympics in Atlanta. He continues to compete regularly with great success. Many fencers have called Mr. Mechkov “Coach” over the past ten years.  He previously coached at the Windy City Fencing Academy in Chicago and Olympia Fencing Center in Cambridge.  Coach Mechkov has been coaching students of all ages at Bay State Fencers since 2016.

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