Elif Soyer Sachs was named the new men's and women's fencing coach at Brandeis University in October of 2022.
In her first season as the head coach, she oversaw two All-Division All-Americans in Maggie Shealy '23 and Tony Escueta '25, both of whom were named Division III Sabre Fencers of the Year, while Shealy shared National Sabre Fencer of the Year honors. In addition, Lev BenAvram '26 also qualified for the NCAA Championships, earning National Sabre Newcomer of the Year recognition. With their performances at NCAAs, the Judges were the top Division III team in 2023 with a 14th-place finish.
Sachs was no stranger to Brandeis when joined the staff, having served as an assistant foil coach for the Judges from 2004 to 2008. During that time, she helped the Judges send three different individuals to the NCAA championships in foil six different times. That includes Will Friedman '09, a four-time qualifier, who was Brandeis's most recent foil All-American. Soyer also helped Brandeis earn back-to-back Northeast Fencing Conference six-weapon team titles in 2007 and 2008.
At the collegiate level, Sachs has been an assistant coach at Wellesley College from 2019 to 2021, while also serving as the head coach of the men's club team and an assistant coach of the women's varsity team at Tufts between 1998 and 2004. She helped seven Tufts fencers reach the NCAA championships in her time there.
Since 2008, Sachs has served as the general manager of Moe Fencing Club in Somerville, Massachusetts. She is responsible for the business side of a club boasting over 100 members while overseeing the curriculum for weekly classes and running three annual camps. In her time at Moe, Sachs has coached national gold medalists in Division 1A men's foil, Y12 men's foil, and Y10 women's foil, while coaching fencers that have US National rankings at the Junior, Cadet, Senior, and Veterans levels, including fencers who successfully represented Team USA in Cadet, Junior and Vet events.
Scholastically, she has also coached at the Commonwealth School in Boston, producing state epee champions and finalists in all three weapons.
In 2005, the Northeast Fencing Conference named its award for the fencer with the best record who started fencing in college after Sachs.
Sachs received her BA in economics from Emory in 1988 and an MFA from Tufts in 1997. She is a renowned artist whose work has been reviewed by the Boston Globe.