Vladimir Nazlymov
Vladimir  Nazlymov

Head Coach

Alma Mater:
The Daghestan State Pedagogical Institute, 1970


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Now in his 19th season at Ohio State, head coach Vladimir Nazlymov has transformed the Buckeye fencing program into a national powerhouse. The Buckeyes have finished among the Top 5 in the nation for the past 16 years with national championships in 2004, 2008, and 2012, all under the helm of Nazlymov.

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.

Now in his 18th year at Ohio State, Nazlymov welcomes back 3 All-Americans and a total of 28 fencers from his 2016-2017 squad, which finished second in the nation. The Scarlet and Gray have won 11 MFC Championships, including the title for each of the last four consecutive years.

In addition to team titles, Nazloymov is no stranger to accolades himself. The former 10-time world champion was named the MFC Conference Coach of the Year after the 2016-2017 season. He was also named National Coach of the Year following the team’s second national championship in 2008 by the United States Fencing Association.

The Ohio State fencing team captured its third combined (men's and women's) NCAA Championship in 2012. That season, Zain Shaito, the Ohio State Male Athlete of the Year, and Katarzyna Dabrowa each won gold in their respective weapons, marking the first pair of individual titles for Ohio State since the 2006 campaign.

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.

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.
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.