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George Abashidze
George  Abashidze

Position:
Assistant Coach

Year:
9th


08/17/2015

Nittany Lion Fencing Sends Five to World University Games

Five Penn Staters head to Korea for international championships

06/30/2015

Nittany Lion Fencing Sends Five to World University Games

Five Penn Staters head to Korea for international championships

Coach George “Gia” Abashidze is returning for his ninth year as assistant coach and brings a long list of collegiate and international coaching experience with him.
A former member of the USSR’s National Foil Team, Abashidze’s team competed in numerous international tournaments, with Abashidze winning his nation’s foil crown. Before coming to the United States, Abashidze coached the Georgian National Team.
Abashidze came to the United States and coached club fencing in Portland, Ore. before taking an assistant coaching position at Ohio State. While in Columbus, Abashidze helped Ohio State’s foilists win five NCAA individual titles.
Among his athletes are Monique DeBruin, David Willette, Olympian Daniel Gomez and Individual World Champion Miles Chamley-Watson. Abashidze also coached 2008 Olympians Hanna Thompson and Doris Willette, who won the team foil Silver Medal.

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