Rob Charlton was named Interim Head Fencing Coach at Wellesley College prior to the 2019-20 season.
Charlton has been with the Wellesley fencing program since 2002 working primarily with epee fencers in two separate stints alongside former Wellesley head coaches Ariana Klinkov and Gamil Kaliouby. Well respected among his coaching peers, Charlton has twice been honored with the Northeast Fencing Conference (NFC) Coaching Staff of the year while at Wellesley, first during the 2008-09 season and again last season, 2018-19. The honor is bestowed by the coaches and captains of the conference in recognition of excellence in coaching.
In 2018-19, Charlton helped the Blue post its strongest ever season in the NFC, earning a share of third place among women's teams in the conference with nine team victories in 12 bouts. Wellesley had a program-best 23-5 record across all competitions in 2018-19, advancing ten fencers to this year's NCAA Regional. The Blue also captured the three-weapon title at this year's New England Intercollegiate Fencing Conference (NEIFC) Championships.
In NFC bouts, sophomore Julia Calventus-Coveney (Barcelona, Spain) was 28-2 in women's epee, and earned first team NFC All-Star honors. At the NEIFC Championships, the epee squad Blue finished as the runner-up, winning 20 of 27 bouts with a +53 touch ratio, as first year Panya Tang (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) finished seventh overall, classmate Sam Wolstenholme-Britt (Cary, N.C.) was sixth and Calventus-Coveney was the gold medalist.
Prior to Wellesley, Charlton was an assistant coach at Tufts University, including the 1998-99 season when Tufts was named the New England Collegiate Fencing Conference Coaching Staff of the year.