Coach Mlynek is one of the premier youth fencing coaches in America today. In 2012, one of his protégés, Dagmara Wozniak, earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team. In the 2016 Rio Olympics, Dagmara Wozniak returned to the Olympic stage along with Mlynek’s other former student, Monika Aksamit, to win the team bronze medal in Women’s Saber for Team USA. In each year of the past four years, at least two of his fencers have been selected by the US Fencing Association to represent the United States at either the Senior, Junior or Cadet World Championships.
In 2001, he started Polish-American Fencing School. Under Coach Mlynek’s tutelage, his fencers have won over 150 medals at such national tournaments as the Junior Olympics, Summer National Championships, and the North American Cup. Often, they dominate at regional and local competitions. His elite fencers have won gold, silver and bronze medals for the U.S. at the World Championships.
Janusz has over 30 years of fencing experience, and earned his Master’s Degree in Physical Education in Krakow, Poland. He was a two-time silver medalist in saber at Poland’s National Championships and three-time gold medalist at the New Jersey Garden State Games.
In 2001 he was appointed Head Coach of the NCAA fencing team at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, where he revived their fencing program. In 2007, he became the Technical Coach for the saber squads at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
Coach Mlynek’s students have attended such prestigious universities as Notre Dame, Harvard, Duke, Penn State, Rutgers, St. John’s, and the University of Pennsylvania. Many of these students received college scholarships because of their fencing successes.