USMA, West Point, NY
On Tuesday, November 10th John Holland and I met with United States Military Academy (USMA) officials to discuss Pentathlon as a full-time competitive club. Currently the Pentathlon club is operating under the Fencing club. There are three men and three women in the club.
Bob Grieser is the coach for the club and hosted our visit.
We met with Dr. Ralph Pim, Director of Competitive Sports and discussed next steps to having Pentathlon achieving club status. We also met with Randy Mayer from the Directorate of Cadet Activities.
We had lunch with five of the six cadet Pentathletes, the coach and the Officer In Charge. They are all members of other competitive clubs as well - triathlon, equestrian, track, fencing.
We were able to tour the facilities. Fencing and Swimming are in Arvin Gymnasium. We went to Shea stadium to look at the potential for a 1km loop and shooting venue. We met with the shooting coach and toured the pistol range. We drove off campus to Morgan Farms (approx. 5 miles) and toured the stables. The fencing, shooting and equestrian coaches are all anxious to participate.
The USMA staff and faculty are willing and excited to return to the days when USMA was the principal training site for Pentathlon (1910-1950). They are willing to consider hosting military games, nationals, world cups and world championships.
It was a very encouraging trip but they need to have our support and they need other colleges or universities to have competing pentathlon clubs.
Both John Holland and I will continue to work with USMA to develop and enhance the program.