Coach Alex Burte

"Fencing is unique in its ability to combine peak fitness, mental agility, and individual responsibility. Fencing has provided me with a mindset and values that have made me successful on and off the strip. In a fast-paced individual sport, success and failure are a hair's breadth apart, the only difference is how hard you are willing to work." -Coach Alex Burte

Alex first experienced fencing in 2002 through an elementary school club. He began competitive fencing in 2006 and competed in his first national competition in 2009. Alex was the first athlete at Walnut Hills High School to earn a varsity letter for fencing. Upon graduation, Alex was recruited to the Division 1 fencing team at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, where he started and lettered all four years. Having been coached by renowned coaches such as Ed Wright, Ryan Howell, Ron Miller, and especially Liran Gross and U.S. Olympic Coach Amgad Khazbak; Alex has an array of influences to draw inspiration from.