Edward Kaihatsu returns for his 23rd season with the Wildcat fencing program.
In 1989, Kaihatsu came to Northwestern and has worked side-by-side with head coach Laurie Schiller ever since. Together, the pair have helped build the Wildcats into one of the top programs in the country, and Kaihatsu was rewarded for his efforts by being named the program's associate head coach prior to the 2006-07 season.
"Ed has been invaluable in the rise of the Northwestern fencing program," said Schiller. "We have worked as partners in this enterprise for years and it is only appropriate that the university recognize his contribution with this promotion."
Kaihatsu earned his bachelor's degree in physical education in 1983 from the University of Illinois. He was a first-team All-America and Big Ten fencing champion his senior season.
He then went to the University of Pennsylvania, where in 1986, he coached the Quakers to their first women's NCAA Championship. Kaihatsu also coached two Olympians.
Prior to coming to NU in 1989, Kaihatsu spent five years competing in tournaments around the world. In 1983 and 1985, he reached the finals at the U.S. National Championships.
In 1985 and 1986, Kaihatsu was ranked fourth in North America in men's foil. In 1985 and 1986, he was a member of the World Championship Team in Barcelona, Spain and Sofia, Bulgaria.
In 1985 and 1987, he was a member of the United States team at the World University Games in Kobe, Japan and Zagreb, Croatia. Kaihatsu became the 2000 National Veterans Foil Champion and successfully defended his title in 2001 and 2004. He also holds the 2001 National Veterans Sabre title.
While on leave, Kaihatsu re-earned his international `A' Rating in foil, which he's had since 1981 and earned a `B' rating in sabre. He also holds an international referee license. He sat on the Board of Directors of the US Fencing Association as an Athlete's Representative from 1998 to 2004.
Following the completion of the 2007-08 season, Kaihatsu competed at the U.S. National Championships in San Jose, Calif., earning the bronze medal in the Division IA men's foil and renewing his "A" rating.
Currently ranked No. 1 in the United States in his age group, Kaihatsu continues to compete at a high level today. In October, he will compete for Team USA at the Veteran's World Championships in Varna, Bulgaria. He has been a member of the U.S. Veteran World Championship team from 2010-13. In 2012, Kaihatsu finished sixth at the World Championsips in Krems, Austria and first in the United States. He competed in the Veteran 50 men's foil at the 2010 Summer Nationals, capturing the gold medal and earning the number one ranking in the United States for that age group. Kaihatsu earned a spot on the U.S. Veteran World Championship team, and competed at the World Championships in Porec, Croatia, finishing 11th.
Kaihatsu and his wife, Jean, have one son, Kenji and two daughters, Anjolie and Malia.