Daria Schneider
Board Member

Daria Schneider was appointed to the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee board of directors and will begin serving as an Athletes’ Advisory Council representative in January 2021.

A five-time national team member and two-time world championships medalist (2011, 2012), Schneider was the USA Fencing national champion in 2011. During her athletic career, she was ranked as high as 13th in the world and second in the country. She captained the Team USA team that won a record-breaking six medals, including first-ever team golds in women’s epee and women’s foil, at the 2018 Senior World Championships. She also had a strong NCAA career, earning the sabre championship in 2007 and bronze in 2009 at Columbia University. Schneider is a member of the Columbia Athletics Hall of Fame, Class of 2014. 

Schneider currently serves as head coach for Harvard University’s men’s and women’s fencing programs. In 2020, the men's team was ranked first in the country going into the NCAA tournament, which was unfortunately cancelled due to COVID-19. Additionally, in Schneider’s first year at the helm, the team achieved a program-record 20 victories in the 2019-20 season. Prior to beginning her role at Harvard in 2019, Schneider served as head coach at Cornell University for three years. Under her leadership, the team earned 19 victories in the 2016-17 season, the most single-season wins in program history. The youngest head coach in the Ivy League, Schneider has made a positive impact and is a two-time Ivy League Coach of the Year (Cornell, 2018; Harvard, 2020).

Schneider is in her ninth year of service on the USA Fencing board of directors, where she serves as an athlete director, and has served as a USOPC AAC sport representative.