Rich began fencing in 1995. He has trained under many different coaches in many different styles of sabre fencing. Rich fenced for Somerville High School under the instruction of Harry James, and was coached by Ralph Bellantoni for most of his fencing career.
After coaching and assisting at various YMCAs and Recreation programs, he took a break to work in the supply side of fencing. Not long after, he returned to coaching at The Lawrenceville School where he started as an assistant coach and worked his way up to Head Varsity Coach. Rich has coached Lawrenceville to multiple Prep State Championships, and he has coached multiple students to high results in local, national, and international competition.