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(BSSG media release)

BILLINGS – Big Sky State Games Fencing Clinic and Competition is a four day event beginning Friday, September 1 and concluding Monday, September 4 at the YWCA in Billings.  The event begins at 12:00 Noon on Friday with Bouting and private lessons from USFCA Fencing Master, Laurie Schiller.  The Epee Clinic is Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., followed by the Epee competition at 4:00 p.m.  On Sunday Schiller will conduct a Foil Clinic from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., followed by the Foil competition at 4:00 p.m.   The event concludes on Monday with instruction from 9:00 a.m. – 12.

Schiller is the retired head coach of the Northwestern University Fencing Team.  He is one of the most successful NCAA fencing coaches of all time.  His career at Northwestern began in 1978 leading both the men’s and women’s teams.  In 1994 he began working solely with the women’s team.  The Brooklyn native amassed more than 1,200 wins and led the Wildcats to 16 consecutive top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships.   He coached 17 different All Americans.

Schiller was twice named the United States Fencing Coaches’ Association Collegiate Coach of the Year and received the Midwest Fencing Conference Coach of the Year Award ten times.

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On-site registration will be taken.  Entry for the Clinic for all four days and both the Epee and Foil competiton is $185.  The full Clinic and one event is $120.  Entry for the competition only is $35.  For more information go to bigskygames.org or call (406) 254-7426.