Jennie Salmon was named head coach of Brandeis fencing in July of 2018 after 22 years of successful club and high school coaching, as well as experience with USA Fencing.
In 2001, she co-founded the Mission Fencing Club in Rocky Point, New York, with her husband Jeff, and has been the head coach there since 2003. Her students have consistently been part of NCAA Championship teams and earned numerous All-America honors. Salmon has also coached members of the U.S. Fencing National team in all three weapons, including a 10th-place finisher at the 2016 Cadet Women's Foil World Championships.
From 2000 through 2013, she served as head coach at Ward-Melville High School in East Setauket, New York. In her 13 seasons with the Patriots, she coached more than 60 All-Long Island fencers and 42 individual county champions across weapons and genders. At one point in her tenure, she coached WMHS to 12 consecutive undefeated League championships as her teams earned 174 straight wins, the second-longest high school sports winning streak in Long Island history. She was an eight-time Suffolk County Coach of the Year and two-time Long Island Coach of the Year.
Since 2015, Salmon has served as a regional consultant for USA Fencing, helping to build the regional tournament system for the US Fencing Association. She has also served as USA Fencing's Youth Development Chair and as a member of that organization's Tournament Oversight Committee and Athlete Handbook Revision Group. In 2015, Salmon received the USA Fencing Jack Baker Volunteer Service Award.
Collegiately, Salmon was a foil fencer and 1995 graduate of Temple University with a BA in Early Childhood, Elementary, and Special Education. A team captain in 1993 and 1994, she was a two-time foil All-American. Salmon helped the Owls to three top-three finishes among women's programs at the NCAA National Collegiate Championships, including first place in 1992. Salmon received her MA in Literacy from Dowling College in 2002.