"A true coach must discover each fencer's strengths, not impose a mechanical system, to unlock their true potential."
For the last 20 years, Coach Haibin Wang has had one of the most glittering careers in world fencing. With a career spanning almost two decades, Haibin was a mainstay on the Chinese national foil team from 1990 to 2005, known for his fierce competitiveness and strong technique. In addition to winning the 2003 World Cup in Bonn, Germany, Haibin has collected two more individual medals at World Cups, two individual medals at Gran Prixs, a bronze medal at 1997 World Championships and two Olympic silver medals in team. Haibin is one of a select few fencers to have competed in four different Olympic Games - Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, and Athens 2004. Haibin was consistently ranked top-20 in the world throughout his career.
After retiring from competitive fencing in 2004, Haibin turned his attentions to coaching. Reproducing the success he had on the strip, Coach Wang coached athletes at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in his home country and coached Lei Sheng to the gold medal in Men's Foil at the 2012 London Olympics. Since then, Coach Wang has helped Chinese fencing grow to new heights. This past year, he was appointed as president of the Chinese Fencing Federation, personally charged with leading China's fencing team to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
Coach Wang has been at Yale for three years now and works with foil as well as epee. Bringing his vast knowledge of training methods and fencing strategy to Yale, students regularly praise his attention to detail and tactical flexibility. When asked about coaching university students, Coach Wang said: "I know students are extremely busy with their studies so I encourage them to work hard and work smart. I aim for maximum efficiency in every exercise and want to challenge my students to grow in college, not just maintain their initial level. I've been around elite fencing my entire life and I firmly believe the Yale program can continue to grow to new heights."