Fencing: Schiller earns Midwest Fencing Conference Coach of the Year honors


Source: S.J. Carrera/Northwestern Athletics

Laurie Schiller provides instruction to one of his fencers. The coach was named the Midwest Fencing Conference Coach of the Year for the 10th time in his career.

Bobby Pillote, Sports Editor


The Midwest Fencing Conference named Northwestern coach Laurie Schiller its Coach of the Year, the conference announced Tuesday. This is the 10th time in his career Schiller has been named for the honor.

Historically successful under the veteran coach, who has led the Wildcats since 1978, NU excelled once again in the 2014-15 season. The Cats opened the season with 20 consecutive dual wins, compiled a 38-7 record in dual meets, placed second overall in the Midwest Fencing Conference Championships and finished seventh among women’s teams in the NCAA Championships.

Three NU fencers earned All-America recognition at the NCAA Championships. Schiller has coached 33 All-Americans since 1998.

The prolific coach earned his 1200th career win Jan. 17 against Stanford, and also guided NU’s men’s club fencing team to its fifth national championship this season.

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