Gamal Mahmoud joined the staff in 2005 as a coaching assistant for both the men’s and women’s fencing teams. In 2006, he helped the Crimson win the NCAA Championship.
Over the past two seasons, Mahmoud has helped Harvard earn 16 All-America selections, led by a national championship from Adrienne Jarocki in 2014. On the men's side, Mahmoud has been invaulable in helping the team to three straight Ivy League titles.
During the 2017 campaign, Mahmoud assisted the women's and men's team to their 10th-consecutive Beanpot victory. Mahamed coached Albert Chien to his seventh place finish in men's epee at the NCAA Championships. The men finished fifth in the Ivy League and the women finished fourth. Four members of the Crimson earned All-America accolades: Albert Chien, Eli Dershwitz, George Haglund and Adrienne Jarocki.
In 2017-18, Mahmoud assisted Harvard to its 11th-consecutive Beanpot victory and the men to their fifth Ivy League title in program history. Mahmoud coached Eli Dershwitz to his second-straight NCAA Championship crown, helping the men and women place fifth at the tournament.
Before joining the Crimson, he coached at Northeastern, Phillips Academy Andover, the Boston Fencing Club and Prise de fer Club.
In 2006 he was named coach of the American team at the World Cup in Germany where former Harvard fencer Benjamin Ungar won the gold medal.
His coaching success began by studying under maitre d’arm Michel Perrin of France who is the coordinator of the French national team. He then coached at the Alexandria (Egypt) fencing club from 1984-87 and then from 1998-99 before coming to the United States in 2001.
Mahmoud has coached many athletes that have reached high levels of success including three standouts. Mohamed el Kaimy finished 19th at the World Championships in 1993, El Sager was the Asian champion in Indonesia in 1996 and Mohamed El Assal placed second in the Africa Games in 1999.
As a student at Alexandria, Mahmoud joined the fencing program and earned his bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering 1980. He became a Level A fencer in all three weapons and was a member of the Egyptian national team.
Mahmoud was born in Egypt in 1954 and currently resides with his wife and two children.