For a school with as much fencing success and history as Penn State, it’s shocking to hear that the man who is responsible for that legacy would be asked to leave on questionable grounds. Penn State has not had much luck on the coaching front since the Joe Pa scandals, but some things need a stronger explaination. Emik Kaidanov is one of the most winning fencing coaches in NCAA history, with a 795-77 combined record, 12 NCAA Championships, 4-time Coach of the Year, 28 Individual NCAA Champions, 188 All-Americans, 10 Olympians, 1 World Champion (Miles!), and multi-time National Coach for Maccabiah Games, World University Games, and World Championships. I had the pleasure of getting to know him on the 2011 World University Games team as our Team Captain. He had a quiet but kind sensibility that I appreciate in the stressful environment of a tournament. I have a ton of respect for him and his staff, which is why I’m surprised the University wouldn’t show him the same.
Here an article that better explain the situation and what has happened: What We Know So Far
And an alumni letter posted on TheFencingCoach about his firing: PSU Alumni Letter
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