Dick Oles became Blue Jays head coach in 1959 and held the position until he retired in 2003. From his years at Hopkins, Oles' tutelage produced "at least 70 percent of the fencing coaches in Baltimore," Michael Oles estimated.

In 1961, Dick Oles established the Tri-Weapon Boys' Club at the old Central YMCA to train teens in the sport. He then founded the Salle Palasz for adults who were interested in learning how to fence. His Tri-Weapon Boys' Club developed eight national youth champions.

When Dick Oles retired from Hopkins, his teams had a 643-214 record with 21 Middle Atlantic Collegiate Fencing Association championships and 12 finishes in the top 25 at the NCAA championships.

"His expectations were very high," said Michael Oles, manager and director of Salle Palasz. "He was able to measure people very well and know what he could get out of you. He never really pushed you beyond what he knew you could get to. He was really good at evaluating people early.

"If you did what he expected you to do, it was 'matter of course.' It wasn't anything to be excited about: That was what you were expected to do. … Now if you did way beyond what he expected you to do, then you would hear something."

For the people who knew Dick Oles, naming the tournament after him is ironic.

Oles never sought attention or recognition for the things he did, they said, he just simply did what he believed was right and fair.

"He is Baltimore fencing, he's been Baltimore fencing for 50 years," Michael Oles said. "Our uncle has always kind of shied away from recognition, and so we thought this was a really good thing for the [Maryland Division of USA Fencing] to do. It was a recognition that he really deserves and that he would never have asked for."

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