State College, PA - Centre County - Central Pennsylvania - Home of Penn State University

Attorney Says Former Fencing Coach to Sue Penn State

by on June 05, 2014 6:00 AM

An attorney for Penn State's former fencing coach says he'll file a federal lawsuit against the university Thursday morning.

In the lawsuit Emmanuil Kaidanov will reportedly demand damages -- and he wants his old job back.

Emmanuil Kaidanov left his job under hazy circumstances last August. Kaidanov's sudden departure ended a distinguished 31-year career during which he led his teams to a combined 12 NCAA‚Äąchampionships.

Under Kaidanov (pronounced kigh-DAN-off) the men's program went 403-36. The women's team compiled a 392-41 record.

His teams won NCAA titles in 1990, 1991, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2007, 2009,2010. Kaidanov's fencers also raked in 28 NCAA Individual Titles. He also coached 10 Olympians and 188 All-Americans.

"I anticipate filing the complaint [Thursday] morning in Philadelphia in federal district court," says attorney Alvin de Levie. de Levie declined to get into details about the lawsuit but says, "I can tell you the complaint will be seeking reinstatement and punitive damages against all the defendants."

According to de Levie, the defendants named in the lawsuit will include Penn State, athletic director David Joyner and integrity officer Julie Del Giorno.

de Levie says, "Kaidanov will be seeking compensatory damages against all of the defendants including back pay and what they call front pay. ... Front pay is what you may lose in the future."

Last fall, de Levie told StateCollege.com that Kaidanov was fired after an incident involving a member of the women's fencing team and a secretary. de Levie said the secretary thought she saw a fencer with drugs. A drug test cleared the student of any wrongdoing.

According to de Levie, Kaidanov investigated to see who reported the alleged offense. When Kaidanov found out about the secretary he told the woman she should have come to him first. Penn State called that retaliation against an employee, and Kaidanov was fired because of it, de Levie says.

Penn State has refused to divulge details about the case. Penn State spokesperson Lisa Powers says the matter of Kaidanov's departure is confidential. "We are not at liberty to discuss it," Powers said in an email. "I can confirm that he no longer is a University employee."

Asked for comment about the promised lawsuit Powers says the university has not been notified about a court filing and in any case could not comment on pending litigation.

Popular Stories:

Judge Sentences Kranich's Jewelers Armed Robber to Federal Prison

Police Issue Warning About 'Unclaimed Rewards' Scam

Good Seed Baking Co. Brings Gluten-Free Goods To State College

'Hotel Impossible' Comes To The AutoPort, Pennsylvania’s Oldest Motel

Centre County Camp Cadet Seeks Applicants for Summer Program

Penn State Football: Beaver Stadium Video Displays Set To Be Some Of The Biggest In The World

Penn State Football: 4,000 New Season Tickets Sold As Franklin Era Sets To Begin

Penn State Football: Program Receives $1.5 Million Gift From Donor

State High Basketball Names New Head Coach



Steve Bauer is Managing Editor & Chief Content Officer at StateCollege.com. Steve and his wife Trina are longtime area residents. They reside in State College along with a wacky Golden Retriever named Izzy. You can e-mail Steve at Steve.Bauer@StateCollege.com and you can follow him on Twitter @SteveBauerSCcom
Next Article
Good Seed Baking Co. Brings Gluten-Free Goods To State College
June 04, 2014 4:10 PM
by Onward State Staff by Greg Schlosser
Good Seed Baking Co. Brings Gluten-Free Goods To State College
Related Articles
Comments
Disclaimer: Copyright © 2014 StateCollege.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

order food online