Taro Yamashita, the owner and head coach of the Riverside Fencing Club in Hadley, Mass., enters his fifth year as assistant coach of the Brandeis men’s and women’s fencing teams. A 1995 graduate of Brown University, Yamashita was the 1994 Northeast Fencing Conference men’s epee champion. He also earned USFA epee titles in the New England Division in 1999 and at the North Atlantic sectional in 2000. In 2001, he was ranked 33rd in the United States and 302nd in the world points standings. Yamashita has also coached at MIT, Brown, Mount Holyoke and UMass-Amherst.