schiller.jpegNorthwestern's fencing team notched seven wins on January 17 at the Western Invitational in Colorado Springs, Colo., including career victory No. 1,200 for head coach Laurie Schiller.


The Wildcats entered the day with a 12-0 record in dual matches this season, while Schiller began the day with 1,195 career victories in his 38th season as the head coach of the program.

Known as one of the top fencing coaches in the country, Schiller has garnered national recognition throughout his career. In 1998 and most recently 2004, he was voted Collegiate Coach of the Year by the United States Fencing Coaches Association.

Schiller is not only the most successful fencing coach in Northwestern history, but he is also one of the most successful coaches the sport has ever seen. Schiller has more wins than all but one other coach in the sport's history. He was the second head coach to reach 1,000 wins in a career, and he has guided the Wildcats to 14 consecutive top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships.

In addition to his coaching duties, Schiller has taught history at Northwestern. He recently had a book published by the Blue and Gray Education Society on the evolution of Federal cavalry tactics during the Civil War.

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