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NCAA Women Fencing Coaches Highlighted at Title IX 50th Anniversary

Updated: Jul 2, 2022

This month is the 50th anniversary of Title IX! Much has changed for women in athletics since 1973. Who stood out during the 2021-2022 collegiate fencing season? The NCAA fencing format, which awards the overall national championship only to co-ed teams, has recently sparked controversy within the NCAA about gender equity. We are highlighting the women making coaching headlines.

THE GOAT: Coach Nikki Franke

Temple University’s head coach Dr. Nikki Franke remains the legend among legends in the NCAA fencing world. After 50 years as the Director of Fencing and women's foil coach, her career record now stands at 898-277. She is the first, and still only, Black woman coach in NCAA fencing. Spotlighted nationally in NBC News’ Title IX reflections recently, Coach Franke remains humble and strong in her role.