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    Laurie Schiller Named 2012-13 MFC Coach of the Year

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Laurie Schiller instructs former Wildcat Kate Cavanaugh during a bout.
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    Laurie Schiller instructs former Wildcat Kate Cavanaugh during a bout.
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    Sept. 24, 2013

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- For the ninth time in his storied career as the head coach of the Northwestern fencing team, Laurie Schiller has been named the Midwest Fencing Conference (MFC) Coach of the Year for the 2012-13 campaign.

    With nearly 1,150 career victories to his credit, Schiller put forth yet another tremendous effort last season. During the regular season he guided the Wildcats to 38 victories, marking the ninth season in a row that the squad posted 30 wins or more. Schiller rose to the challenge in the postseason, as well. The Brooklyn, N.Y., native helped the 'Cats to a third-place finish at the MFC Championship in March, with four fencers earning medals at the two-day event.

    Northwestern qualified four fencers for the NCAA Championship in San Antonio, Texas and Schiller aided three of them in securing All-America honors. As a team, NU finished ninth, marking the 14th consecutive season that Schiller's bunch has placed in the top ten.

    Schiller and the Wildcats open the 2013-14 season on campus Saturday when they host the United States Fencing Association Burton Open at the Henry Crown Sports Pavilion. The one-day competition begins at 8 a.m.

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