COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Midwest Fencing Conference announced this week that associate head coach Aleksandr Smerdin was voted Varsity Coach of the Year.
Smerdin is in his 18th year coaching for Ohio State. He first joined the Buckeyes as a volunteer assistant coach for the epee squad. During his career at Ohio State, he has coached the Buckeyes to national titles in 2004, 2008, and 2012. Smerdin has also coached three individual epee national champions, the most recent being Marc-Antoine Blais Belanger who won the 2018 title.
“These awards are recognition of the highest praise awarded to the coaches and teams by their peers,” said Midwest Fencing Conference Commissioner Todd Dressel. The award, along with awards for Club Team of the Year and Conference Coach of the Year, is voted on by the 23 members of the Midwest Fencing Conference.
The Buckeyes won the Midwest Fencing Conference Championship title this season, their fifth consecutive title. The team also picked up four unit titles and the men’s squad title. Ohio State now has 13 conference championships in program history.