The US Fencing Association reported today that Michael Pederson will be returning to the post of national coach for the women’s foil program for the remainder of the 2012 Olympic quadrennial.

Pederson recently resigned as US Fencing’s High Performance Director following the 2009 World Championships.

According to the USFA release, "Realizing that his passion lies in working directly with athletes as a coach, he stepped down from the role and asked to be considered for the position."

The search committee of Sada Jacobsen, Mark Stasinos, and David Micahnik selected Pederson from an undisclosed pool of candidates.

The USFA release also reported: "When asked about the search, Committee Chair Jacobsen said, "The impressive qualifications of each of the candidates for the Women’s Foil National Coach position made the Search Committee’s task a difficult one.  The coaches under consideration all delivered compelling presentations outlining their strategy and vision for the program.  After much deliberation, the Committee feels that Mr. Pederson will be an exemplary leader for our Women’s Foil community." "

He will begin his role as women’s foil national coach immediately.