The duo becomes the inaugural recipients of the Irish distinction.
This past summer, sophomore fencer Alex Coccia had a unique opportunity to take fencing to Africa.
Men and Women's Fencing competes in the Conference Championship on March 5th.
HONORS AND AWARDS:
Second Team All-MFC (2011)
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 ... born in Columbus, Ohio, on September 26, 1991 ... son of Peter and Nena Coccia ... father graduated from Notre Dame in `72 ... enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters as an Africana Studies major with a supplemental major in peace studies.
Coccia's Career Record