Head Coach, University of Belgrade '55
Branimir Zivkovic enters his 19th season at Harvard and has compiled a 116-81 men's and 121-100 women's record. In his first season, Harvard tied for the Ivy League title and also was co-IFA champion in team apee for the first time in 43 years. He coached the Crimson to a fifth-place finish at NCAAs that year, and in 1983 his team took fourth. His teams have won seven league and national titles, more than the rest of the teams in Harvard's 105-year fencing history.
He has coached 11 First Team All-Ivy fencers, and two of his finest performers were David Heyman, who placed fifth in the sabre competition at the 1981 NCAAs, and David Merner, who took sixth at the NCAAs in foil. Zivkovic coached Jim O'Neill to Harvard's first NCAA individual title, at epee, in 1987. O'Neill also took third in epee in 1988.
Most recently Kwame van Leeuwen finished second in the foil at NCAAs in 1992 and third in 1993, and in 1993 was IFA Champion, Harvard's first in 43 years.
Zivkovic is a native of Yugoslavia, and he graduated from the University of Belgrade in 1955. He twice won national titles in epee and foil and was a member of the Yugoslavian World Fencing Teams. Prior to coming to Harvard, Zivkovic was the head coach at Army, Columbia and Fairfield, and was a fencing master at several fencing clubs in the New York metropolitan area.