Nazlymov, Vladimir

Vladimir Nazlymov–Producer of 11 Individual NCAA Champions
An Olympic Medalist and World Champion as a competitor, Nazlymov became a highly successful fencing coach in the USSR. He came to the US in 1991 and startled the fencing world by taking a position with the Kansas City School District with the mission of establishing fencing at an inner-city school.


Head Fencing Coach, Kansas City School District and Kansas City Olympic Fencing Center
3 students made US World Teams, including Terence Lasker, 1997 Senior Men’s Saber Champion, and Kelly Williams, 1998 Senior Women’s Saber Champion.
Head Fencing Coach, Ohio State University
Three NCAA Team Championships (2004, ’08, ‘12)
13 consecutive finishes in NCAA Championships top 5
11 individual NCAA Championships:
Men’s foil:  Boaz Ellis, 2004, ’05, ’06), Andras Horanyi (2007, ’08), Zain Shaito (2012)
Men’s saber: saber Adam Crompton (2003, ’04, ’06)
Men’s epee: Marco Carnivore 2013
Women’s epee: Katrzyna Dabrowa 2012

Vladimir Nazlymov
Vladimir Nazlymov (born November 1, 1945) (Russian: Владимир Аливерович Назлымов) – Sabre fencer and coach for USSR and later United States. He was born in Makhachkala, Daghestan. A 1969 graduate of The Daghestan State Pedagogical Institute, Nazlymov earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in physical education. He earned the title of Master of the Sport (Fencing) in 1963. He earned the title of International Master of the Sport in 1967. He earned the title of Honored Master of the Sport in 1968.

Early Years
Nazlymov began fencing at the young age of 11 in Makhachkala, Daghestan. His first coach was Gaik Kazaryan (Russian: Гайк Александрович Казарян). While fulfilling a three-year army obligation, which was mandatory for all 18-year-olds in the Soviet Union, Nazlymov was put in a special regimen where he was able to fence with the Central Sports Army Club team in Moscow. He achieved a rank of Colonel with the Red Army.

Competitive years / Olympic fame / Civilian & Military Awards
Competing for the Soviet Union, Nazlymov was a three-time Olympic Team Gold medalist (1968, 1976, and 1980), Team Silver medalist (1972) and individual silver and bronze medalist (1976, 1972). In addition to his six Olympic medals, Nazlymov also is a 10-time World Champion. Eight of the championships were team titles, while two were individual crowns (1975, 1979). Additionally, he was a world championship silver medalist (1977) and bronze medalist (1970, 1973). From 1964-1980, Nazlymov reigned as the USSR national champion (14 team gold medals and 5 individual gold medals). In recognition of his tremendous success, Nazlymov twice was named the world’s best sabre fencer by the F.I.E. (International Fencing Federation) 1975 and 1977.

 

For his achievements and dedication to the sport of fencing, Nazlymov also was awarded four civilian medals of the Soviet Union (Medal “For Labor Valor” 1968, Medal “For Distinguished Labor” 1972, Medal “Order of the Badge of Honor” 1976, Medal “Order of Friendship to the People” 1980). He was also awarded 6 military awards of similar nature.

Coaching Career for the Soviet Union
Nazlymov’s coaching career began in Moscow as the head coach of the Soviet Union Military Fencing Team from 1976-1990. The Central Sports Army Club (ЦСКА) in Moscow was a state of the art training facility for the Soviet Olympic Machine. The club churned out teams that dominated Olympic hockey, gymnastics, fencing, Greco-Roman wrestling, and many more. From 1970-80, Nazlymov served as the captain of the USSR Olympic Team. His students won two Olympic gold medals and 12 world championships, as well as eight European Championship crowns. From 1985-88, Nazlymov served as the USSR National Team’s head coach. The USSR went on to win a gold medal at the 1986 World Championships and silver medals at the 1987 Worlds and 1988 Olympics. In 1989, the Soviet Union awarded Vladimir Nazlymov “Honored Coach of the USSR”.

Officiating credentials
Nazlymov is an internationally-ranked referee (Category A) and officiated at the 1988 Olympic Games, as well as, several World Championships from 1981 to 1990.

Move to USA
After moving to the United States with his family in 1991, Nazlymov captained the USA team at the World Championships from 1995–97 and at the 1995 and 1997 World University Games. Nazlymov also served as the sabre coach for the U.S. National Team from 1994-1999. Nazlymov guided US teams to ninth place finish at the 1996 Olympics, third place at the 1997 Junior World Championships, and 12th place at the Senior World Championships. He was named a coach for the 1999 U.S. Pan American Games and 1999 Senior World Championships teams. His U.S. Junior Team finished in second place in the overall medal count at the Junior Worlds in 2001. In 1999, he was named Coach of the Year by the United States Fencing Association.

NCAA – (1999 – Present)
In 2001-02 the Buckeyes went 30-6 overall in dual meet competition, garnered 10 NCAA qualifiers, six All-Americans and finished fourth at the NCAA championships, scoring 140 points which nearly doubled their scoring output from 2001.

The most impressive aspect of the 2001 season was watching Nazlymov turn around a women’s squad that went from 7-24 in 2001 to 18-3 in 2002 and a final No. 4 national ranking.

In 2003-04, Nazlymov’s fifth season, he led the Buckeyes to the pinnacle of collegiate fencing with the program’s first national title since the competition became a combined total of the men’s and women’s results.

Following the squad’s second national championship, Nazlymov was named National Coach of the Year in 2008 by the United States Fencing Association.

By his 12th year at Ohio State, Nazlymov had a men’s and women’s combined record of 414-97 (.810).
Now in his 14th season at Ohio State, Head Coach Vladimir Nazlymov has transformed the Buckeye fencing program into a national powerhouse. Ten years among the Top 5 in the nation, including national championships in 2004, 2008 and 2012. Ohio State has won eight of the past fourteen Midwest Conference championships, including seven in a row.


Now in his 13th season at Ohio State, head Coach Vladimir Nazlymov has transformed the Buckeye fencing program into a national powerhouse. Ten consecutive years among the Top 5 in the nation, including national championships in 2004 and 2008, are proof of that. But that is not enough for the former 10-time world champion. It is an Olympic feeder program that he desires for Ohio State, and with it national championships will continue to be won. In his 12 years at Ohio State, Nazlymov owns a men’s and women’s combined record of 414-97 (.810). This season he welcomes back four All-Americans and a total of 31 fencers from his 2010-11 squad, which finished fifth in the nation. Ohio State has won seven of the past nine Midwest Conference championships, including seven in a row before Notre Dame broke the Buckeyes’ streak in 2010.

Following the squad’s second national championship, Nazlymov was named National Coach of the Year in 2008 by the United States Fencing Association. In 2003-04, Nazlymov’s fifth season, he led the Buckeyes to the pinnacle of collegiate fencing with the program’s first national title since the competition became a combined total of the men’s and women’s results. That season, Adam Crompton captured his second-consecutive national championship in men’s sabre and Boaz Ellis, as just a freshman, captured the national title in men’s foil. The two individual titles were the fourth and fifth national titles for Ohio State in program history, and when Ellis repeated in 2005 it was OSU’s sixth. Despite reaching his ultimate goal of claiming a national title, Nazlymov has a dynasty in the making at Ohio State and is sure to keep the Buckeyes at or near the top of the NCAA scene every year.

During the 2002-03 campaign Ohio State, 42-4 overall, placed fourth at the NCAA Championships for the second-consecutive year after qualifying the maximum number of competitors (12). Sophomore Jason Rogers and junior Alexandra Shklar each won their bronze medal matches in men’s sabre and women’s epee, respectively. Sophomores Louise-Bond Williams (fourth/women’s sabre) and Metta Thompson (fifth/women’s foil) rounded out the Top 5 finishers. In 2001-02 the Buckeyes went 30-6 overall in dual meet competition, garnered 10 NCAA qualifiers, six All-Americans and finished fourth at the NCAA championships, scoring 140 points which nearly doubled their scoring output from 2001. The most impressive aspect of the 2001 season was watching Nazlymov turn around a women’s squad that went from 7-24 in 2001 to 18-3 in 2002 and a final No. 4 national ranking.

Nazlymov came to Ohio State after spending eight years as the head coach for the Kansas City, Mo., School District, where he designed and developed an Olympic-caliber fencing program. As the head coach at Kansas City, Nazlymov guided three high school students to the U.S. National Team and berths at the World Championships from 1993-97. Nazlymov served as the sabre coach for the U.S. National Team from 1994-1999. His U.S. Junior Team finished in second place in the overall medal count at the Junior World Championships in 2001. Nazlymov also toiled for seven years at the Kansas City Olympic Fencing Center, where he founded and developed the KCOFC’s structure and programs from its infant stage. From 1986-88 Nazlymov served as the USSR National Team’s head coach. The USSR went on to win a gold medal at the 1986 World Championships and silver medals at the 1987 Worlds and 1988 Olympics.

Nazlymov was the head coach of the Soviet Union Military Fencing Team from 1976-1990. He guided his students to two Olympic gold medals and 12 world championships, as well as eight European Championship crowns. While his coaching career already is quite impressive, Nazlymov also made a tremendous impact on the fencing world during his storied playing career. Competing for the Soviet Union, Nazlymov was a three-time Olympic medalist (1968, 1976, 1980). He earned the Olympic silver medal in 1972 and 1976, while notching the Olympic bronze medal in 1972. In addition to his numerous Olympic medals, Nazlymov also is a 10-time world champion. Eight of the championships were team titles, while two were individual crowns.

In recognition of his tremendous success, Nazlymov twice was named the world’s best fencer by the International Fencing Federation. Nazlymov also displayed his leadership abilities throughout his career. From 1970-80 Nazlymov served as the captain of the USSR Olympic Team. After moving to the United States, Nazlymov captained the USA team at the World Championships from 1995-97 and at the 1995 and 1997 World University Games. Nazlymov also is an internationally-ranked referee (Category A) and officiated at the 1988 Olympic Games as well as several World Championships from 1981 to 1990. A 1970 graduate of The Daghestan State Pedagogical Institute, Nazlymov earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in physical education.

Vladimir Nazlymov 1975