COLUMBUS, Ohio – Vladimir Nazlymov, head coach of the national runner-up Ohio State fencing team, was named the Conference Coach of the Year, the Midwest Fencing Conference announced this week.
Nazlymov, who completed his 18th season at the helm of the Buckeyes, led the squad to a second straight national runner-up finish at the 2017 NCAA Championships. The Scarlet and Gray made five appearances in the semifinal and final rounds, the most out of 27 teams in attendance with 11 competitors. The Buckeyes finished with seven All-Americans in addition to one silver medal and four bronze medals.
The award was voted on by 23 members of the Midwest Fencing Conference, club team of the year, varsity coach of the year and conference coach of the year. “These awards are recognition of the highest praise awarded to the coaches and teams by their peers,” Midwest Fencing Conference commissioner, Todd Dressell said.
Ohio State hosted the Midwest Fencing Conference Championships, claiming first place after totaling 1,605 points. The team earned five squad titles and three team titles, claiming their fourth-consecutive MFC crown and 11th in program history.
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