Irish Fencer Alex Coccia Set to Take Office

Coccia elected student body president for 2013-14 school year

Honors & Awards
MFC Sabre Sixth-Place Finisher (2012)
MFC Sabre Eighth-Place Finisher (2011, 2014)
Second Team All-MFC (2011, 2012, 2014)

AS A SENIOR: Saw limited action with the Irish, earning 16-37 record to finish career 74-66 ... notched three wins at NYU Invitational, before going 4-10 the following day at St. John's Invite ... in Northwestern Duals, earned two notable wins against Princeton's Michael Wiest (5-4) and Stanford's Daniel Wolfson (5-3) ... had best outing of the year at DeCicco Duals, finishing 7-3 ... won 5-2 against Northwestern's Jamie Chen before posting undefeated 3-0 mark against Wayne State opponents ... finished the weekend 2-0 against Detroit sabreists Zaahid Muhammad (5-0) and Andrew Gibbons (5-2) ... finished eighth at Midwestern Fencing Conference Championships, earning second-team All-MFC accolades for third time in his career ... served as student body president throughout his senior campaign and was honored with the Rev. A. Leonard Collins Award through the university's Student Affairs Office ... earned a monogram.

AS A JUNIOR: Saw limited action with the Irish, competing in only the Notre Dame Duals ... posted a 6-4 bout record to increase career record to 58-29 ... won first match against Cleveland State by forfeit, then went down 5-4 to Tom Bienvenu ... regrouped and won final match against the Warriors 5-0 ... facing familiar Midwest Fencing Conference (MFC) foe Detroit, won first bout against Andrew Gibbons 5-2 before faltering versus Frank Adamani, 5-4 ... won final bout against the Titans by forfeit ... was undefeated against Northwestern, posting scores of 5-2 and 5-4 against Charles Geter and John Kinol respectively ... lost by one touch to Lawrence's Graham Jones, 5-4 ... bested Chicago's Stephen McHugh 5-1 to finish the competition ... at the MFC Championships, finished 13th out of 76 sabreists ... was elected student body president for his senior year at the University.

AS A SOPHOMORE: Finished in sixth place at the Midwest Fencing Conference Championships on way to being named to the all-MFC second team ... sported an unblemished record in five bouts during pool play, adding a +21 indicator ... concluded the regular season with a 32-18 record for the sabre team ... participated in all five regular season dual meets for the Irish ... earned a monogram ... carded a 10-2 record at the Air Force Duals, posting 5-0 clean sheets against Cal Tech's Jonathan Bayliss, Joseph Grief and Jonathan Schor ... posted a 5-8 record at the St. John's Duals, closing the competition with 2-1 victories over opponents from No. 3 St. John's and No. 9 Columbia ... seized a perfect record at the Notre Dame Duals (3-0) with victories over Illinois, Wayne State and Detroit ... capped off the year with an 8-2 performance at the Northwestern Duals, claiming two bouts against No. 8 Duke.

AS A FRESHMAN: Concluded inaugural year with Irish program with a record of 20-7 ... earned first monogram ... travelled to New York for season-opening weekend at the NYU Invitational ... at the NYU Invite, finished with a record of 6-1 including going 3-0 against NYU ... clinched the overall match victory for the Irish en route to his first career collegiate win, defeating Columbia's Tomasz Otlowski 5-0 ... secured the sabre victory in following matchup against Stevens Tech, taking down Dmitri Lamianski on the final touch, 5-4 ... in perfect match against NYU, defeated Hugo Rodriguez (5-2), Ben Radding (5-2) and Vincent Dodson (5-1) ... finished a perfect 7-0 at the Notre Dame Duals, notching wins against Detroit (1-0), Air Force (3-0), Wayne State (1-0), Northwestern (1-0) and Florida (1-0) ... earned two big victories in Air Force match, clinching the sabre win with a 5-3 decision over Mike Gallagher and later clinching the overall match with a 5-3 triumph over NCAA participant Scott Pippin ... finished with a mark of 5-1 the following day at the Northwestern Duals ... opened with a 3-0 showing against Stanford, clinching the sabre victory with a 5-3 win over Jeremy Klepner ... ended regular season with three victories at the Duke Duals, claiming one win in each of three matches against North Carolina, Duke and Johns Hopkins ... earned second team all-MFC honors after reaching the quarterfinals of direct elimination draw at Midwest Fencing Conference Championships .. eventually fell to fellow Irish teammate Jason Choy (15-14) in the table of eight ... later helped sabre squad claim the team weapon crown, part of the Irish claiming all six weapon titles ... ended postseason at the NCAA Midwest Regional, finishing seventh with a mark of 4-5 in pool play.

PREP & PERSONAL: Fenced under the direction of Ohio State head coach Vladimir Nazlymov while attending St. Charles Preparatory High School in Columbus, Ohio ... earned national ranking each of four year as well as capturing the state championship during his sophomore year ... entered Notre Dame holding 10th in the rankings in the junior division as well as 30th in the senior division ... competed in three junior events during the `10-11 circuit, earning points at two of the competitions ... place 31st at the Preis der Chemiestadt in Dormagen for four points and finished 53rd at the Wurth-Junioren-Weltcup in Kunzelsau for two points ... biggest thrill to-date is competing in Poland as a sophomore in high school ... son of Peter and Nena Coccia ... father graduated from Notre Dame in `72 ... graduated in May 2014 with a Bachelors degree from the College of Arts and Letters as an Africana studies major, with a supplemental major in peace studies.

Coccia's Career Record

Year W L Pct. NCAA Finish
2011 20 7 .740 --
2012 32 18 .640 --
2013 6 4 .600 --
2014 16 34 .320 --
Career 75 63 .543 --

Alex Coccia
Alex  Coccia


Columbus, OH

High School:
St. Charles Prep



Fencing Alliance of Columbus

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