May 23, 2012

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame fencing team has tabbed Cedric Loiseau as assistant coach in charge of the epee weapon class, it was announced recently by head coach Janusz Bednarski. Loiseau joins the Irish coaching ranks after several stops working internationally with individuals and national team programs.

With over six years of epee coaching experience, Loiseau brings a pedigree both on and off the strip and has already developed numerous pupils who have flourished on the world-fencing scene. In the past two seasons, he has coached his epee team to seven podium finishes, including two gold medals in national senior-level events. His work in the cadet-junior level trails shortly behind as he has helped bring home five podium finishes at that level highlighted by the team’s bronze medal finish in the Junior France Championship in 2011.

Loiseau also has enjoyed tremendous success in coaching at the local level in France. During a seven-year stretch from ’05-’11, Loiseau directed 22 individuals to gold medals at State League Championships, while helping 17 teams top the podium during that span.

Loiseau brings many personal experiences on the strip with him to Notre Dame as he has eight senior/cadet-junior event championsips to his name, while also finishing the season as the top-ranked fencer nationally (France) in two different flights. His accomplishments stretch far beyond individual accolades as he was a part of the 2004 University France Championship squad, the 2002 European Junior Team Championship team, a silver medalist in the 2003 France Championships and a two-time Junior World Cup bronze medal finisher.

Loiseau joins a tight-knit staff at the Univerisity of Notre Dame that has an abundance of accomplishments through their time coaching on the collegiate level. Last season, the Irish finished third at the NCAA Championships while four members of the 2010 NCAA Championship team were away training for the 2012 Olympic games in London. Since Bednarski has taken over the fencing program at Notre Dame, the Irish have captured three NCAA Championships, over 500 wins, nine individual NCAA Championships and 80 All-American selections.

Loiseau graduated from the University of Reims in ’04 with a degree in sports and exercise science and technology. Since that time, he has received several fencing training certificates including most recently earning his masters degree certificate in the BEES program for fencing.

A resident of South Bend, Ind., Loiseau and his wife have two sons, Eliott and Oscar.