UNIVERSITY PARK — The Penn State fencing program did not have to look far to find a new fencing coach with an extensive and accomplished resume.
Wieslaw “Wes” Glon had the “interim” tag removed from his title as was confirmed as the Nittany Lions’ head coach Tuesday.
Glon has spent the last 29 years with the Penn State program, and as the interim coach last season guided the team to the NCAA team title — the 13th in program history — and was named Coach of the Year by the United States Fencing Coaches Association.
“Wes Glon is the perfect person to carry on the amazing legacy of Penn State fencing,” Dr. David Joyner, Penn State’s Director of Athletics, said. “He has already won an NCAA Championship and has proven himself to be an accomplished coach. His long history of commitment to Penn State and the student-athlete experience is outstanding. This is an exciting day for Penn State fencing and we very much look forward to having Wes carry on our proud and storied tradition.”
Glon was named interim coach after the termination of Emmanuil Kaidanov, who was fired after 30 years leading the program, in August, 2013. Penn State alleged Kaidanov retaliated against a staff member for reporting a student-athlete for a drug violation.
Kaidanov has since filed a federal lawsuit against the university and Joyner, among others, for wrongful termination, breach of contract, and violation of his constitutional and civil rights, among other claims.
Despite the turmoil over the firing, the Penn State men put together a 22-3 record last season, while the women were 16-10, eight fencers earned All-America honors and Kaito Streets captured an NCAA individual saber title.
“It is an honor to be named the head coach of the most successful fencing program in the country,” Glon said. “I will strive to continue the tradition of success and integrity that the Penn State fencing program is known for nationally. I look forward to the challenges ahead and to the opportunity to continue Penn State’s legacy of success.”
Glon joined Penn State in 1985 after previously coaching at William and Mary, and emigrated from Poland in 1981 after a distinguised fencing career.