Darren Manchen began coaching Foil at Clinton Fencing Club at only 19 years old. He worked there for 11 years before founding the Manchen Academy of Fencing. Students under his tutelage have received all levels of awards and honors. To date, he has coached over a dozen national medalists, countless district and state individual qualifiers, many all-state recipients and more. As a New Jersey resident, Darren has been fencing for over twenty years. While coaching he received his Bachelor's and Master’s Degree in Accounting from Fairleigh Dickinson University. After graduating he continued coaching while working full time as a public accountant. It was after 2 years that he chose to leave this career and focus all of his time and energy on his passion for teaching and fencing. With his help students have consistently achieved great success in a sport which is sought after by elite Colleges and Universities. His students describe him as fair and understanding, while challenging them to excel in the sport.