UNIVERSITY PARK, CENTRE COUNTY - Wieslaw `Wes' Glon, a 28-year veteran on the Penn State coaching staff, has been named Interim Head Coach for the Penn State men's and women's fencing teams for the 2013-14 season. Glon has been Associate Head Coach for the past few years.
"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 joined the Penn State fencing program as assistant coach in 1985 and he has been an integral part of every success Penn State has achieved during his tenure. Previously, Glon served two years as the assistant men's coach at William & 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.
Known internationally as one of the top fencing officials in the country, Glon has directed numerous finals at the United States National Championships, Olympic Sports Festivals, and other international tournaments.
Glon has coached the U.S. teams for the Junior and Senior World Championships (1990-93), the Pan American Games (`91) and the Olympic Games (`92 and `96). In 1996, Glon was named Co-Coach of the Year by the U.S.F.C.A.
"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."
A native of Poland, Glon won his country's highest fencing honors in saber six times between 1975-81. He won a bronze medal at the 1979 World University Games in Mexico City, finished fourth at Romania in 1977 and seventh in Bulgaria in 1975. From 1977-81, Glon was an assistant professor of physical education at the Academy of Physical Education in Warsaw. He left Poland in 1981 and arrived in the United States in 1983. Glon earned both his undergraduate and graduate degrees in physical education at the Academy of Sports in Warsaw.
Glon is married and has two daughters, one of which, Nicole, is a senior on this year's Nittany Lion women's fencing squad. At the conclusion of the 2013-14 season, a national search for a head coach is planned.
Source: PSU Athletics