Wieslaw "Wes" Glon, a 28-year veteran on the Penn State coaching staff, has been named interim head coach for the men’s and women’s fencing teams for the upcoming season.
Glon, who has been associate head coach for the past few years, replaces Emmanuil Kaidanov, who was fired last week by the university for unspecified reasons. Penn State has only issued a brief statement about the dismissal, calling it “a confidential personnel matter.”
Glon joined the Nittany Lion fencing program as assistant coach in 1985 and he has been an integral part of the program’s success. Penn State won 12 national championships, and finished second nine times, while posting a 795-77 record under Kaidanov.
“I am pleased to take on the leadership of such a successful program as we move forward,” Glon said. “We have a rich and successful tradition here at Penn State and I will work very hard to live up to those standards. I believe that this team is very strong and I will strive to give the right motivation and direction so that we can continue to build upon the great success of this program. Our goal is to win our 13th NCAA Championship.”
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Previously, Glon served two years as the assistant men's coach at William and Mary College where he worked with the saber team. Prior to his tenure at William and Mary, he assisted with the Austrian National team in Vienna.
“Wes Glon is a world class fencing coach and his already established rapport with the current Nittany Lion fencers makes him a natural choice to guide us through the upcoming season,” said Penn State Director of Athletics Dr. David Joyner. “His leadership will give the Penn State fencers the stability they need for the season ahead. We are excited that Wes has agreed to take on the mantle of running one of the nation’s premier fencing programs this season and are confident in his ability to keep Penn State fencing in the hunt for the NCAA title.”
Glon’s daughter, Nicole, is a senior on the women’s team. A national search for a head coach is planned after the season.