CHARLOTTE REMENYIK / by Molly Schiot

Charlotte Remenyik was born on Sept. 5, 1934, in Hungary, an only child to parents of the upper middle class of that country. She learned to fence at a young age. In an interview conducted by OSU Quest in 1981 she said: “I love sabre fencing the best…Although they don’t allow women to compete in sabre or epée, only foil, that is what I grew up with in Hungary—in Transylvania. My cousins, all boys, would come home from military school on vacation, and they would practice their sabre fencing. I was the youngest cousin and the only girl, and they would say, ‘No, Charlotte, you cannot do that. You are a girl, and you are too small.’ I guess that irked me enough to go out and learn sabre.” In 1978 Charlotte Remenyik came to Ohio State to coach the OSU women.  In the fall of 1980 she made OSU history by becoming the first woman to coach a men’s varsity team—and as the first woman to coach both the men and the women concurrently.

Charlotte Remenyik was born on Sept. 5, 1934, in Hungary, an only child to parents of the upper middle class of that country. She learned to fence at a young age. In an interview conducted by OSU Quest in 1981 she said: “I love sabre fencing the best…Although they don’t allow women to compete in sabre or epée, only foil, that is what I grew up with in Hungary—in Transylvania. My cousins, all boys, would come home from military school on vacation, and they would practice their sabre fencing. I was the youngest cousin and the only girl, and they would say, ‘No, Charlotte, you cannot do that. You are a girl, and you are too small.’ I guess that irked me enough to go out and learn sabre.” In 1978 Charlotte Remenyik came to Ohio State to coach the OSU women.  In the fall of 1980 she made OSU history by becoming the first woman to coach a men’s varsity team—and as the first woman to coach both the men and the women concurrently.