Now in his 13th season at Ohio State, head Coach Vladimir Nazlymov has transformed the Buckeye fencing program into a national powerhouse. Ten consecutive years among the Top 5 in the nation, including national championships in 2004 and 2008, are proof of that.
But that is not enough for the former 10-time world champion. It is an Olympic feeder program that he desires for Ohio State, and with it national championships will continue to be won.
In his 12 years at Ohio State, Nazlymov owns a men's and women's combined record of 414-97 (.810). This season he welcomes back four All-Americans and a total of 31 fencers from his 2010-11 squad, which finished fifth in the nation. Ohio State has won seven of the past nine Midwest Conference championships, including seven in a row before Notre Dame broke the Buckeyes' streak in 2010.
Following the squad's second national championship, Nazlymov was named National Coach of the Year in 2008 by the United States Fencing Association.
In 2003-04, Nazlymov's fifth season, he led the Buckeyes to the pinnacle of collegiate fencing with the program's first national title since the competition became a combined total of the men's and women's results.
That season, Adam Crompton captured his second-consecutive national championship in men's sabre and Boaz Ellis, as just a freshman, captured the national title in men's foil. The two individual titles were the fourth and fifth national titles for Ohio State in program history, and when Ellis repeated in 2005 it was OSU's sixth.
Despite reaching his ultimate goal of claiming a national title, Nazlymov has a dynasty in the making at Ohio State and is sure to keep the Buckeyes at or near the top of the NCAA scene every year.
During the 2002-03 campaign Ohio State, 42-4 overall, placed fourth at the NCAA Championships for the second-consecutive year after qualifying the maximum number of competitors (12). Sophomore Jason Rogers and junior Alexandra Shklar each won their bronze medal matches in men's sabre and women's epee, respectively. Sophomores Louise-Bond Williams (fourth/women's sabre) and Metta Thompson (fifth/women's foil) rounded out the Top 5 finishers.
In 2001-02 the Buckeyes went 30-6 overall in dual meet competition, garnered 10 NCAA qualifiers, six All-Americans and finished fourth at the NCAA championships, scoring 140 points which nearly doubled their scoring output from 2001.
The most impressive aspect of the 2001 season was watching Nazlymov turn around a women's squad that went from 7-24 in 2001 to 18-3 in 2002 and a final No. 4 national ranking.
Nazlymov came to Ohio State after spending eight years as the head coach for the Kansas City, Mo., School District, where he designed and developed an Olympic-caliber fencing program. As the head coach at Kansas City, Nazlymov guided three high school students to the U.S. National Team and berths at the World Championships from 1993-97.
Nazlymov served as the sabre coach for the U.S. National Team from 1994-1999. His U.S. Junior Team finished in second place in the overall medal count at the Junior World Championships in 2001.
Nazlymov also toiled for seven years at the Kansas City Olympic Fencing Center, where he founded and developed the KCOFC's structure and programs from its infant stage.
From 1986-88 Nazlymov served as the USSR National Team's head coach. The USSR went on to win a gold medal at the 1986 World Championships and silver medals at the 1987 Worlds and 1988 Olympics.
Nazlymov was the head coach of the Soviet Union Military Fencing Team from 1976-1990. He guided his students to two Olympic gold medals and 12 world championships, as well as eight European Championship crowns.
While his coaching career already is quite impressive, Nazlymov also made a tremendous impact on the fencing world during his storied playing career.
Competing for the Soviet Union, Nazlymov was a three-time Olympic medalist (1968, 1976, 1980). He earned the Olympic silver medal in 1972 and 1976, while notching the Olympic bronze medal in 1972.
In addition to his numerous Olympic medals, Nazlymov also is a 10-time world champion. Eight of the championships were team titles, while two were individual crowns.
In recognition of his tremendous success, Nazlymov twice was named the world's best fencer by the International Fencing Federation.
Nazlymov also displayed his leadership abilities throughout his career. From 1970-80 Nazlymov served as the captain of the USSR Olympic Team.
After moving to the United States, Nazlymov captained the USA team at the World Championships from 1995-97 and at the 1995 and 1997 World University Games.
Nazlymov also is an internationally-ranked referee (Category A) and officiated at the 1988 Olympic Games as well as several World Championships from 1981 to 1990.
A 1970 graduate of The Daghestan State Pedagogical Institute, Nazlymov earned a bachelor's and master's degree in physical education.