Affidavit Sheds New Light on Harvard Fencing Scandal

Monday court filings in support of federal prosecutors’ case against a former Harvard fencing coach and parent paint a picture of two men respectively beset by financial difficulties and intent on securing his sons’ admission to the College.

Feds. Charge Former Harvard Fencing Coach, Parent With Bribery

The former fencing coach and Harvard College parent at the heart of an admissions scandal which embroiled Harvard Athletics in spring 2019 were arrested on Monday and charged with bribery, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office District of Massachusetts.

Coronavirus Puts Harvard Fencer Elizabeth Tartakovsky’s Olympic Dream On Hold

“I know that I’m gonna have to make a tough decision eventually, but I had to make a tough decision last year as well about whether to take a year off or not,” Taratakovsky explained. “And I don’t regret it for a minute.”

Harvard Fencing Trending Upwards After Ivy Championship and Beanpot

Harvard fencing placed extremely well against stiff competition this past weekend at the Ivy League Championships. The No. 2 men (20-3, 5-0 Ivy League) became the first Crimson team to win the Ivy League Championship Title outright since their triumph back in 2013, while the No. 7 women (16-11, 3-3) finished fourth. Both teams went on to sweep the three-game Beanpot series on Wednesday.

Admins Review Athletics Department

Harvard’s Athletics Department was thrust into the national spotlight in early April after Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Claudine Gay announced an “independent review” of head fencing coach Peter Brand.

Harvard Dismisses Fencing Coach Over Conflict of Interest Violation

Harvard has dismissed head fencing coach Peter Brand after an independent inquiry into the 2016 sale of his home found he violated Harvard’s conflict of interest policy, Athletics Director Robert L. Scalise wrote in an email to athletics staff Tuesday.

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.”

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