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    Ed Kaihatsu Named Midwest Fencing Conference Coach of the Year

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Ed Kaihatsu was named the MFC Coach of the Year.
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    Ed Kaihatsu was named the MFC Coach of the Year.
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    May 22, 2014

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern associate head fencing coach Ed Kaihatsu has been named the 2014 Midwest Fencing Conference (MFC) Coach of the Year. This is the first time that the veteran coach has been bestowed the honor.

    Not only is this the first time that Kaithatsu has been named the conference's top coach, but it is believed to be the first time that any assistant coach has won the accolade. In March, Kaihatsu helped the Wildcats achieve a top-10 finish at the NCAA Championship for the 15th consecutive season.

    In addition to finishing among the nation's best at the end of the year, Northwestern posted a 34-9 dual meet record during the regular season. Under Kaihatsu and head coach Laurie Schiller, the 'Cats went 13-2 at home in 2013-14.

    Kaihatsu also helped NU claim a bronze medal at the MFC Championships on March 2. The 'Cats finished third in the team standings, while senior epée fencer Dina Bazarbayeva was able to win an individual gold medal.

    Kaihatsu has been a key component to Northwestern's success since joining the coaching staff in 1989. He also continues to compete at the highest level around the world, fencing for Team USA at various international competitions around the globe.

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