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About the NJIFA

New Jersey Interscholastic Fencing Association, Inc.

February 25, 2012: dropped District 1 Representative and updated group e-mails

November 21, 2010: updated new Treasurer, dropped District 3 Board Rep

January 2, 2010, updated Vice President

December 26, 2009, added Other Tournaments section

July 11, 2009, added new Secretary

  • The association of New Jersey high school fencing coaches
  • Incorporated in 2008
  • All NJ high schools with varsity fencing programs are members of the NJIFA
  • The membership of NJIFA includes some schools who are not members of the NJSIAA
  • There are 51 boys and 51 girls teams in the state

NJIFA Board - 9 members


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Chris Awad

Wayne Valley High School

Vice President

Pat Lawrence

Teaneck High School


Toni Kiernan

Wayne Hills High School


Amy Lawless

Voorhees High School

District Representatives

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District 1

To be elected

District 2

Ted Li

Pingry School

District 3

To be elected

District 4

Gene Packer

Fair Lawn High School


John Harrold

Lawrenceville School

Tournaments Organized Directly by NJIFA

  • Cetrulo Boys' Relay Championships
  • Santelli Girls' Relay Championships
  • Carpenter Freshman-Sophomore Individual Tournament, discontinued after 2007

Other Tournaments sanctioned, but not organized, by the NJIFA

  • Morris Knolls Freshman-Sophomore Invitational Tournament, last week of December
  • Bergen-Passaic League's Freshman-Sophomore Tournament, 3rd weekend of February
  • Skyland Conference Freshman-Sophomore Tournament, 1st weekend of February
  • Montclair Freshman/Sophomore Invitational Tournament, 3rd weekend of February
  • Passaic County Championships
  • Prep School Championships, middle of the week during school break in February
  • Lakeland Girls' Invitational Tournament, on a weekend at the end of January

Other Functions of the NJIFA

  • Organize and hold the NJSCA/NJIFA Coaches' Clinic each fall
  • Hold two coaches' organizational meetings, pre- and post-season
  • Name the NJIFA All-State Teams and Coaches of the Year
  • Work closely with the NJSIAA to help manage the District and State HS Championships
  • Work with the Conferences to establish their freshman-sophomore tournaments
  • Set state-wide policies for NJ high school fencing

Competition Committee

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Harry James, Chairman

Somerville High School

Gus de la Llave

Millburn High School

Dmitri Kopylov

West Essex Regional High School

Jim Lawless

Voorhees High School

Pat Lawrence

Teaneck High School

All-State Points Committee

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James Rutzler

Governor Livingston High School

Gene Packer

Fair Lawn High School

Managers of 2012 District Championships

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District 1 - Morris, Somerset, Warren

Marianne Pratschler

Hackettstown HS

District 2 - Somerset, Hunterdon & Mercer

John Reid

North Hunterdon HS

District 3 - Essex, Union & Hudson

Chris Awad

Wayne Valley HS

District 4 - Passaic & Bergen

Gene Packer

Fair Lawn HS

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