Federal Grand Jury Investigates Harvard Fencing Scandal

A federal grand jury is investigating the sale of a Needham, Mass. home from Harvard’s head fencing coach to the father of current and former College fencers. The Massachusetts U.S. attorney’s office subpoenaed Needham officials in April, seeking to review records related to the 2016 transaction.

Harvard Will Train Athletics Coaches in Conflict of Interest Policy Following Investigation Into Fencing Coach

Harvard will train its athletics coaching staff on its conflict of interest policy in the wake of an investigation into head fencing coach Peter Brand for engaging in a real estate transaction with the parent of a current and then-prospective fencer.

Fencing Scandal Coach Training

Harvard is holding Conflict of Interest training for coaches in wake of the fencing scandal.

Harvard Investigates Head Fencing Coach for Real Estate Transactions Involving Family of Current and Former Student-Athletes

Peter Brand, Harvard’s head men and women’s fencing coach, sold his Needham, Mass. house to iTalk Global Communications, Inc. co-founder Jie Zhao in 2016 for hundreds of thousands of dollars above its valuation, the Boston Globe reported Thursday. Zhao’s younger son, a sophomore, was admitted to Harvard shortly after and is currently a member of the fencing team. His older son, who was also a member of the fencing team, graduated from Harvard in 2018.

Pump It Up

A Crimson fencer celebrates after securing a match victory at home against NYU.

Let it Out

Junior co-captain Duncan Rheingans-Yoo lets out an exhilarating yell during this weekend's bout with NYU.

Fencing Lunges into Preseason at Penn State Open

Harvard fencing lunged, parried, and riposted its way to successful finishes in both the men’s and women’s divisions during this weekend’s preseason-starting Penn State Open.

Tour de Force: Male Rookie of the Year

When Harvard men’s fencing captain and 2016 Olympian Eli Dershwitz first observed newcomer Geoffrey Tourette in-person, he quickly realized that even to his standards, this California native was going to be “special.”

Stars and Stripes

Tourette earned the gold in his first-ever college meet at the Penn State Open and concluded the season with a seventh-place finish at the NCAA Championships.

Fencing Claims Fifth in NCAA Championships

Harvard walked away from the NCAA chamionships with an individual championship title in men’s sabre, an individual third place finish in women’s epee, and a fifth place overall team finish.

BRIEF: Tourette, Kukadia win Gold at NCAA Regionals, Fencing Sends 10 to Nationals

The Crimson sent 19 fencers the NCAA Northwestern Regionals. From there, it was all freshmen with Tourette winning gold for the men’s foil and Kukadia ascending the podium in women’s epee. Overall, of the 19 fencers 10 finished in the top 10 spots within their respective divisions.


The Harvard fencing sent 19 fencers to the NCAA Northeastern Regionals, where two freshman earned golds and eight others placed in the top-10 of their respective divisions.

Target Touch

Since a loss at the hands of NYU in December, the Crimson has only continued to grow, defeating all teams that cross its path. Since that loss, the team has registered two major wins, one at the Beanpot, and the other at the Ivy League Championship.

En Garde!

Harvard prepares to parry with NYU in the teams' Feb. 4 meet.

Fencing Emerges Victorious over NYU

Last December, in the last meeting with NYU, Harvard left with a win for the women’s and a loss for the men’s. On Sunday, all that could be heard was the roar of the athletes cheering on their teammates, palpable energy that translated into wins for both the women’s and men’s teams.

Men’s Fencing Perfect at Competitive St. John’s Invitational

Taking to the strips once again for the first time in a month and a half, Harvard traveled to Queens, N.Y., for the St. John’s Invitational, squaring off against some of the top ranked programs in the nation.

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