Nicole brings expertise from professional sports, education, and coaching to her role as a Learning Coach at USPA.
Nicole was born and raised in New York City where she began fencing at age 9. She later attended Columbia University where she won an individual NCAA Championship in 2010, co-captained the fencing team, and graduated with an undergraduate degree in Art History. During this time Nicole qualified for, and competed in the Olympic Games in London in 2012.Following Columbia, Nicole worked in the financial services field at Lord Abbett & Co. and then in marketing and project management with The Adecco Group all while continuing to pursue her goals in sport.
After narrowly failing to qualify for a second Olympic Games in Rio in 2016 Nicole turned her direction full-time towards education, coaching, and training. She worked as a fifth grade lead teacher at Success Academy Bronx II Middle School and then transitioned to coaching, becoming an assistant coach at Cornell University. While coaching at Cornell, Nicole went on to win three individual World Cup/Grand Prix medals on the international circuit and was ranked as high as #4 in the world.
Nicole is currently training for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and taking classes towards a graduate degree in Psychology. She’s thrilled to be able to teach, guide, and mentor student athletes in her role at USPA.