Matteo Gallo is the Head Coach, founder and CEO of South Bay Fencing Academy.
Since 2019, he has coached his students to highest level in fencing, including Cadet, Junior and Senior World Cups, Grand Prix, Zonal and World Championships, Olympic Games qualification events. Several of his individual students have won National Championship titles, World Cup individual and Team medals, Pan-American Championship Titles, NCAA Championships Titles.
In 2023, Coach Matteo led the SBFA Women's Team to its historic first National Championship Title in Division 1.
Matteo holds a degree of "Maestro di Scherma" (Maitre d'Escrime) from the Italian Fencing Federation and was nominated Developmental Coach of the Year by US Olympic Committee in 2021.
Coach M started his fencing career at the age of 14 with the Gemina Scherma Fencing Club. Over his career he won several Italian national medals and became a two-time Junior World Cup finalist which earned him a spot on the Italian Junior National Team. He retired from fencing in 2014 and devote himself to coaching and refereeing. Matteo is a licenced FIE sabre referee and he has refereed at Italian National Championships as well as several international events including Junior World Cups, European cadet circuits, and European Championships.
Prior to his tenure at SBFA, Matteo’s students have been medalists at the Italian Youth Championships, members of the Italian National Team, and have participated in European Cadet competitions, Junior and Senior World Cup, and World Championships.