April 13, 2018

Vladimir Nazlymov Announces Retirement after 19 Seasons as Ohio State Fencing Coach


COLUMBUS, Ohio — After 19 successful seasons, including three national championships, as the Ohio State fencing head coach, Vladimir Nazlymov announced his retirement Friday. Aleksandr Smerdin will serve as interim head coach. A national search will begin immediately.

Under Nazlymov’s direction, the Ohio State fencing team became one of the most dominating forces in the NCAA. His teams won three national championships and 11 Midwest Fencing Conference championships. He coached nine Buckeyes to individual NCAA titles, three of whom won multiple titles, and 10 to the Olympics. Also under his direction, two fencers were named Ohio State Male Athlete of the Year.

“Vladimir’s passion for fencing is contagious. He has touched the lives of so many student-athletes and staff members in our department,” Carey Fagan, Ohio State assistant athletics director, said. “We wish him much happiness in retirement and look forward to the continued success of our fencing program.”

The Buckeyes won their first NCAA Championship just five years after Nazylmov took over the program, and won their second national championship in 2008 with 185 points, defeating Notre Dame by nine points. The third national crown came in 2012 with the Buckeyes claiming 182 points, a 21-point advantage over Princeton. Along with the national titles, Nazlymov coached teams to runner-up finishes at three NCAA championships.

Before his success with the Buckeyes, Nazlymov spent eight years building an Olympic-caliber program for the Kansas City, Missouri, School District. He also put seven years toward building and developing the programs at the Kansas City Olympic Fencing Center. While in Kansas City, he coached sabre for the U.S. National Team from 1994-1999.

As a fencer, Nazlymov is no stranger to success. He is a six-time Olympic medalist, earning three gold medals during his career, silver medals in 1972/1976 and bronze in 1972. A 10-time world champion, Nazlymov served as the captain of the USSR Olympic team from 1970-80. He also was named the world’s best fencer twice by the International Fencing Federation, and has been inducted in to the International Fencing Federation Hall of Fame, as an American Coach.

Nazlymov graduated from The Dagestan State Pedagogical Institute with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physical education.