Szilvia Gyore Voros completed in her 11th season as an assistant fencing coach at Princeton in 2016-17, helping the teams earn a combined 11 Ivy League titles, 11 straight top-10 NCAA team finishes, seven top-four NCAA finishes, and the 2013 NCAA title.
“I am very happy that we have a full-time coach for all three weapons, an ideal situation for a varsity fencing program. Our fencers get much more individual attention than before and that is the key to success,” Princeton head fencing coach Zoltan Dudas said. “Szilvia works with the men’s and women’s teams in the foil. Her experience with fencers ranging from very young to Olympic-level will help her to work from walk-ons to All-America talent.”
In her first 11 seasons at Princeton, Gyore Voros has helped the Tiger foils earn 37 NCAA finals berths and 27 All-Ivy League recognitions. Under her tutelage, Princeton foilists have earned 20 All-America honors, including Princeton’s first four-time All-America men’s foilist in Alexander Mills ’12. Eve Levin ’14 matched the feat two years later, having earned All-America honors in each of her four seasons. Princeton foilists have twice earned berths in the NCAA semifinals under Gyore Voros, including Eve Levin’s second-place finish in 2011 and Alexander Mills’s third-place finish in 2012.
Gyore Voros, a Hungarian native who has trained world-ranked and Olympic fencers in both Hungary and the United States, completes a staff with Dudas and fellow assistant coach Oleg Stetsiv.
“I believe in fencing’s value to young people. It helps them develop focus and endurance, promotes physical and mental health, teaches people how to win and how to lose gracefully, and that hard work earns results,” Gyore Voros said. “It’s exciting to be at Princeton and to have the opportunity to take excellent students and develop the tools that they will use for life.”
With more than a dozen years of club coaching experience, Gyore Voros took on her first collegiate position with Princeton. After coaching in clubs in Hungary, she came to the United States in 2000, coaching at Riverdale Country School, The Dwight School and the Peter Westbrook Foundation, an organization founded by the six-time U.S. Olympian to serve inner-city youth, before taking her most recent position at the New Jersey Fencing Alliance in 2005.
From 1992 until she relocated to the U.S., Gyore Voros helped the developmental program at the MTK Sport Club in Budapest for Hungarian national women’s foil coach Antal Solti. She was then recruited to come to the U.S. to coach at the prestigious New York City Fencers Club. There, she producted four national foil champions and several other top-eight ranked fencers.
Voros is a 1995 graduate of Semmelweis University in Hungary, where she received her bachelor’s degree in fencing instruction, did post-graduate work in human kinesiology and recently completed a master’s degree in physical education and sport sciences. Gyore Voros now makes her home in North Brunswick, N.J.