Faculty Bio

Bruce Gillman

Assistant Director of Athletics, Head Mens and Women's Fencing Coach, and Lecturer in Physical Education

Bruce Gillman, a noted collegiate fencer, coach, instructor and referee, begins his second year as head coach of the men's and women's fencing teams at Vassar College.  

Gillman, who has more than two decades experience in coaching fencers of all ages and weapons began his fencing career as a member of the University of Rochester team.   He has been an assistant coach at Sacred Heart (CT) University, owner and chief instructor at the Fencing Center of Long Island and a longtime Referee Examiner for the USFA Fencing Officials Commission.

"We are pleased to have someone of Bruce's fencing caliber to lead our men's and women's programs," Beverly said. "He brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to Vassar."

Gillman is a founding director of the Candlewood Fencing Center in Danbury, CT. A 1982 graduate of the University of Rochester, Gillman attended graduated school at The Ohio State University where he worked with the fencing team as a Graduate Administrative Assistant. Upon finishing his Master's Gillman became active in officiating with the ECAC and opened the Fencing Center of Long Island, which has been in operation since 1998. Gillman became an assistant coach at Sacred Heart in 1999 and three years later became the Boys Fencing Coach at Garden City (NY) High School.

A top official on the collegiate and scholastic level who has worked NCAA and ECAC Championships, Gillman is a member of the United States Fencing Association.