Coach Ron Miller, Ph.D., M.d’A.
Head Varsity Fencing Coach
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC
Ron Miller came to Carolina in 1967 as a physical education instructor. A
Kentucky native who grew up in Florida, Miller brought knowledge of a
sport virtually unknown to a southern campus bred on basketball and
football. Not only did Miller impart that knowledge to countless students in
physical education classes, he established and maintained the South’s
dominant fencing program.
Now in his 51st season as Carolina’s fencing coach, Miller’s inspirational
dedication to his school, his sport and his teams has come to be
recognized as impressive as that of another longtime Carolina icon.
Miller’s influence on his fencing squads parallels that of legendary
basketball coach Dean Smith’s impact on former basketball players and
coaches. Smith’s October 9, 1997, retirement left Miller as the most
tenured coach at Carolina. More than 140 former fencers, whose numbers
included team members from nearly every squad since 1968, gathered at
the Dean E. Smith Center on October 18, 1997, to celebrate and honor
Miller’s tenure. Commitment, dedication and integrity, were uttered in same
building for another coach so recently, were spoken in homage of Ron
Miller. NCAA champion fencer, 1992 Olympic fencer and 1983 Carolina
alumnus John Friedberg, in thanking Miller, called the Carolina program a
“unique, special environment to learn in.”
Coach Zoe Loh
Zoe graduated in 2018 from the University of Notre Dame with a B.S. in
Chemistry. During her time at Notre Dame she was a member of the back to
back national championship Division 1 fencing team and 3X ACC championship
team. She posted a top 8 result in a Junior World Cup during her
undergraduate years. As a sophomore she posted a 41-2 (.953) regular
season record, the 11th best single season win percentage in program history.
She went undefeated during the team competition at the 2016 ACC’s while also
finishing fourth at the ACC womens foil championship behind three Irish
teammates. She is a 3X ACC All Academic Honors recipient.
Zoe Loh is currently a PhD student in the Pathology program at Duke
University. She is concentrating on prostate cancer metabolism during her time
at Duke in the Huang laboratory.
Zoe Loh was born in Hangzhou China to parents Richard and Claudina Loh.
She grew up in Mississauga, Canada before moving to Chapel Hill, NC at
the age of 15. She began fencing at the age of 11 with Toronto Fencing
During her high school years she took silver at the Canadian National
Championships and bronze at the Canada Selection Cup. She was also
twice named a Quest for Gold recipient. As a sophomore she competed at
Pan-American Championships and Cadet World Championships. In her
junior season, she placed in top 32 in the Division I North American Cup
(NAC). She has also competed in the Canadian Summer Games and
Ontario Summer games.
Miller served as a coach for the U.S. Junior World Team in 1981 and was also the coach for the Senior World
Championship Team in 1983. The 1987 Junior Pan American Team was also coached by Miller. From 1985-95, he
served as the director of the USFA’s National Coaches College and from 1983-91 he was the director of the USFA’s
National Junior Elite Summer Programs. He is a three-time member of the NCAA’s Fencing Committee and is a three-
time NCAA Regional Committee Chair. Miller has been a USFA National Coaching Staff member since 1977.
Miller has other little known talents, too. He single-handedly restored several of his past homes as well as one for NC
sculptor Peggy Burke. He has a fine eye for architecture; challenging himself to design and construct a prototype one
room living space using no power tools; even carrying water for cement footings from a near-by creek. His early jobs
during various stages of schooling included drafting, designing swimming pools and catching rattlesnakes bare-handed
to sell for venom. His father had a professional landscaping business in Florida so Miller grew up with a knowledge of
plants,animals and tools. A multi-sport athlete, Miller played "any sport with a ball" all through school. Miller loves to
dance and has invented his own cookie recipe.
Coach Ron Miller and artist wife Susun live in Haw River, NC and use organic practices to attract birds and bees. They
love sharing books, films and projects. Ron has three children: Caroline (married to Trent Walton), Joe (married to
Katelyn) and Kurt; two step children: Myah C. Drumm (married to Brian Drumm) and Grey C. Cook (married to Teresa.
They have six grandchildren who also call him "Coach".
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Coach William Randolph
Assistant Fencing Coach
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC
A 2008 UNC graduate, Coach Will Randolph grew up in Fayetteville, NC and
Lenexa, KS. A flyer in the mail started his fencing career at the age of 10 with
Vladimir Nazlymov and Kelly Williams (UNC ‘88) at the Kansas City Fencing
Center. After his first day at the club, Coach Randolph fell in love with the
sport. He competed throughout middle and high school in national and
At UNC, he was a three year captain of the men’s sabre squad and an NCAA
championships participant at the end of his first season on the team. He was
twice chosen for the Carolina Leadership Academy’s top award, the 3-
Dimensional Leader award.
After graduating with a political science degree, Coach Randolph decided it
would be more fun to work with children. He spent a year working with gang
members in the woods of North Carolina then three years in the Maine woods
working at an experiential education school and summer camp. After coming
out of the woods, Coach Randolph taught at a Montessori school in Winston-
Salem, NC before the siren call of UNC Fencing called him home.