Leadership

Zoltan Dudas

Zoltan Dudas is in his fifth season as head coach of the Princeton University men's and women's fencing teams in 2010-11.

At the 2010 NCAA Championship, Princeton earned its best finish since 2003 by taking sixth on the strength of a maximum 12 qualifications. Six of those earned All-America honors. During the 2009-10 dual-meet season, Princeton's men's and women's teams combined to win 48 of 54 duals, setting program records for each gender.

In 2009, Dudas helped eight Tigers qualify for the NCAA Championships, then the program's most since 2004. Four fencers, including Susannah Scanlan, Jasjit Bhinder, Graham Wicas and Alexander Mills, earned All-America honors, which gave the Tigers their most All-Americas in a single year since 2006, the year before Dudas took over.

The 2008-09 season also saw the men's team set what was then a program-record 17 dual matches, with the women's team tied what was a program best with 16 victories. Both marks were broken again in 2009-10.

In his first season as Princeton's mentor, seven of Dudas' fencers qualified for the NCAA Championships. Freshman foilist Jocelyn Svengsouk became Dudas' first All-America, finishing 12th. In 2007-08, six Tigers earned national bids.

In all, during Dudas' four seasons leading the program, Princeton's fencers have earned 33 NCAA finals berths and have been recognized as All-Ivy League 24 times. In his work with the Tiger epeeists, Dudas has helped 14 fencers reach the NCAA finals while earning 13 All-Ivy honors. Dudas counts nine All-America honors among the epeeists during his four seasons.

Dudas, a native of Hungary, came to Princeton from Notre Dame, where he was an assistant for five years. Dudas helped guide an Irish fencing team that finished a combined fourth of 29 schools at the 2006 NCAA Championships in his final season. While at Notre Dame, he coached at the Escrime du Lac, a fencing club, where his fencers won three national titles.

A 1992 graduate of Juhasz Gyula College in Hungary, Dudas came to the United States in 2000 after serving as a physical education teacher at both grade school and high school levels for 10 years, first as a student teacher and then as full-time staff. As a physical education teacher at Szechenyi Istvan High School, the handball team he led won the National Handball Championship in 1999, topping more than 250 teams. He also coached fencing at the Szegedi Postas Sport Club from 1985-1999. Once in the U.S., Dudas was a fencing coach at the Saturn Fencing Center in Cleveland, Ohio, from 2000-01 before moving to the Notre Dame, Ind., area. Before becoming a full-time assistant at UND in 2002, he served as a consultant to the Fighting Irish program while heading up the fencing program at the Indiana Fencing Academy in Mishawaka, Ind.

While at UND, Dudas helped direct the men's and women's program to combined team titles in 2003 and 2005. Focusing his tutelage on the foil and epee competitors, the Irish had 29 All-America finishes and 34 NCAA Championships appearances in those disciplines.

Szilvia Voros

Szilvia Voros is in her fifth season as an assistant fencing coach at Princeton in 2010-11.

"I am very happy that we have a full-time coach for all three weapons, an ideal situation for a varsity fencing program. Our fencers get much more individual attention than before and that is the key to success," Princeton head fencing coach Zoltan Dudas said. "Szilvia works with the men’s and women’s teams in the foil. Her experience with fencers ranging from very young to Olympic-level will help her to work from walk-ons to All-American talent."

In her four seasons at Princeton, Voros has helped the Tiger foilists earn 11 NCAA finals berths and nine All-Ivy League recognitions. Under her tutelage, Alexander Mills '12 has earned All-America honors twice, and Brianna Martin '13 won All-America status with a sixth-place national finish in 2010, the highest for a Princeton foilist since Jacqueline Leahy won a silver medal in 2006.

Voros, a Hungarian native who has trained world-ranked and Olympic fencers in both Hungary and the United States, completes a staff with Dudas and first assistant Hristo Hristov.

"I believe in fencing's value to young people. It helps them develop focus and endurance, promotes physical and mental health, teaches people how to win and how to lose gracefully, and that hard work earns results," Voros said. "It's exciting to be at Princeton and to have the opportunity to take excellent students and develop the tools that they will use for life."

With more than a dozen years of club coaching experience, Voros will take on her first collegiate position with Princeton. After coaching in clubs in Hungary, she came to the United States in 2000, coaching at Riverdale Country School, The Dwight School and the Peter Westbrook Foundation, an organization founded by the six-time U.S. Olympian to serve inner-city youth, before taking her most recent position at the New Jersey Fencing Alliance in 2005.

From 1992 until she relocated to the U.S., Voros directed the developmental program at the MTK Sport Club in Budapest for Hungarian national women's foil coach Antal Solti. She was then recruited to come to the U.S. to coach at the prestigious New York City Fencers Club. There, she producted four national foil champions and several other top-eight ranked fencers.

Voros is a 1995 graduate of Semmelweis University in Hungary, where she received her bachelor's degree in fencing instruction, did post-graduate work in human kinesiology and recently completed a master's degree in physical education and sport sciences. Voros now makes her home in North Brunswick, N.J.

Hristo Hristov

Hristo Hristov is in his fifth season as a collegiate assistant coach at Princeton in 2010-11.

Hristov has spent more than 25 years in coaching, beginning in his native Bulgaria as the coach of the Bulgarian junior national team from 1980-87. He ascended to coach the full national squad from 1987-91 before serving as an assistant coach for the team for 10 years.

During his four seasons at Princeton, the Tiger saberists have earned eight NCAA finals bids and claimed All-Ivy League honors twice. In 2010, Eliza Stone became the program's first saberist to earn All-America honors in four years when she finished eighth at the NCAA finals.

Since 2001, Hristov has coached fencers in meets all over the United States, from Junior Olympic competitions to Summer Nationals and North American Cup meets.

Hristov counts his son, Kristian, as one of his most accomplished students. The younger Hristov was a three-time Bulgarian cadet sabre champion from 1998-2000, winning the Bulgarian Cup in 1999 and 2000. He represented his country at the Junior World Championships from 1999-2001 and at the Junior Olympics in 1998.

Hristov’s senior students saw success on the international level in the late 1980s, claiming individual medals at World Championships and World Cups throughout Europe before beginning the 1990s with a fifth-place finisher at the World Championships in Denver, Colo.

As a junior coach, Hristov’s students claimed gold medals at the Bulgarian national junior meet every year from 1981-87. Meanwhile, he guided his charges to medal performances at the 1985 Junior World Cup in Bonn, Germany, and a seventh-place finish at the Junior World Championships in Dormangen, Germany.

Hristov was a part of the Bulgarian national team from 1969-80, winning a national sabre title in 1976 and 1978. He also won a Balkan sabre title in 1976 and his team won that weapon five times in the 1970s.

Outside of coaching, Hristov has served as an international referee with an “A” rating in the sabre and a “B” rating in the foil and the epée since 1992. He has judged at five World Championships, 30 World Cups and at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia.

Hristov is an alumnus of the National Academy of Sport of Bulgaria, completing his training in 1984. He can speak three languages: Bulgarian, Russian and English. Hristov is also a certified jeweler.