JEFF BUKANTZMentor/Leader/Coach/Analyst/Referee

ONE OF OUR SPORT'S MOST EXPERIENCED FIGURES

Jeff has had one of the most diversified and successful careers in fencing, having served as a 2X Olympic Team Captain, 2X Olympic Referee and 2X NBC Television Olympic Analyst. As a competitor, Jeff has represented the United States at the World Championships, the Pan American Games, the World University Games and the World Maccabiah Games. Jeff served on the FIE Rules Commission from 2000-2008 and the USA Fencing High Performance Committee from 1988-2008.

A Fencing Life

Jeff was born into a fencing world, as his father Danny was a legendary figure, having competed on four United States Olympic Teams, and then refereeing at five Olympics. Jeff’s goal was to try to follow in his father’s footsteps, which he documented in his book, "Closing the Distance".

40 Years in the Fencing World

2003-2007

TEAM CAPTAIN

  • 2004 & 2008 United States Olympic Teams
  • 2003-2008 World Championship Teams
  • 2003 & 2007 Pan American Games Teams
  • 2005 World University Games Team
1978-PRESENT

REFEREE

  • 1984 & 1996 Olympic Games
  • Refereed Olympic Finals in Men’s Foil in 1996
  • Refereed at seven Junior, Senior and Veteran World Championships
  • Refereed at NCAA Championships 1978-2004
  • NCAA Head Referee 2005-2010
  • Ivy League Head Referee 2010-present
  • ACC Head Referee 2015-present
  • Refereed first NCAA gold medal in foil in 1978, at age of 21
  • Refereed first USA Fencing National Championship gold medal in foil in 1980, at age of 23
2000-2017

FIE

  • Member of FIE Rules Commission 2000-2008
  • International Referee 1983-2017
1981-1993

COMPETITOR

  • 1983 & 1987 World Championship Teams
  • 1981 World University Games Team
  • 1987 Pan American Games Team
  • 1981, 1985, 1989, & 1993 World Maccabiah Games Teams
  • 8X United States Team Champion
1998-PRESENT

MEDIA

  • 2012 & 2016 NBC Olympic Analyst
  • 2017 FIE Commentator
  • American Fencing Rules/Referee Columnist 1998-present
  • Author of the book “Closing the Distance
1988-2008

USA Fencing

  • Member of the High Performance Committee 1988-2008
  • Member of USA Fencing Officials Commission 1993-2008 (Chair 2002-2004)
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