U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. – Air Force head coach Abdel Salem was named the Western Fencing Conference named Coach of the Year. Salem, in his 17th year as coach of the Air Force men’s and women’s fencing programs was unanimously selected by the NCAA Western Region Conference coaches of Caltech, Incarnate Word University, UCSD, and Stanford University. Salem helped to establish the Western Fencing Conference, now in its second year. This is Salem’s second Coach of the Year honor. In 1996, Salem was named the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Fencing Coach of the Year.
This past season, his women’s team garnered its fourth-ever All-American as, senior Mary McElwee finished seventh in the nation in individual women’s foil.
While at the Academy, Salem led his program to a 298-258 overall record for collegiate competitions.
Salem has coached 11 NCAA All-Americans, a national champion, three Mountain West Conference Hall Rothman Sportsmanship Award winners and an NCAA Sportsmanship Award winner. He also coached two NCAA Women of the Year (Colorado and Independent) award winners, as well as a four-time Olympian (Seth Kelsey).