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Coach Ron Miller, Ph.D., M.d’A.
Retired 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.
Coach Zoe Loh
Volunteer Assistant Coach
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC

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.  
Coach Ron Miller and artist wife Susun live in Raleigh, NC. 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 Drumm (married to Brian) and Grey Cook (married to
Teresa). They have seven grandchildren who also call him "Coach".
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Coach William Randolph
Assistant Varsity 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
international tournaments.  

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.
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.
Years at UNC as
Head Fencing
Coach
Coach Matt Jednak
Head Varsity Fencing Coach
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC

Matt Jednak, a former Tar Heel fencer and assistant coach,was announced
on April 4, 2019, as the head coach of the North Carolina men's and women's
fencing teams.  He took over the role on May 1, becoming just the second
coach in Tar Heel program history, following Ron Miller, who came to UNC in
1967 and spent 52 years at the UNC helm.

"I am honored to lead a program that means so much to me," Jednak said. "I
have so much respect for Coach Miller – he's an icon in the world of fencing –
and I look forward to carrying on the proud tradition that he created and
fostered at UNC. Carolina Fencing has come to mean success in the
classroom, on the strip and in life. I experienced that as a student-athlete and
as an assistant coach, and I will work hard to carry that forward for current
and future Tar Heels."
A three-year letterwinner as part of the men's epee squad, Jednak completed his North Carolina degree in 2009, graduating
with a bachelor's degree in mathematical decision sciences. He served as a Carolina assistant coach from 2009-14 and then
founded and currently manages his own accounting and tax firm while coaching fencing on the club level.

"Matt's knowledge, experience as a Carolina student-athlete and assistant coach and dedication to providing a great
experience for our students make him the ideal person to lead this program,'' UNC Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham
said. "Carolina Fencing is unique because we've had one extremely successful head coach in its 52-year history – and we
need a leader who will embrace the tradition of the program while also finding new ways to move it forward. We are confident
Matt is that person, and we are pleased to have him join our phenomenal group of Carolina head coaches."

"Even as a student in our program, Matt embraced the teaching aspect of the team and was always looking for ways to help
his teammates improve," Miller said. "He has exceptional interpersonal skills, both communicating one-on-one and running a
group, and I think the combination of that and his teaching skills make him a great fit for this position. He has experience
across all three weapons, which is fairly rare. He's prepared and I think he'll jump right in and move the program forward.

Miller coached the Tar Heels for 52 seasons and compiled a career record of 1,603-900. He initially retired in the spring of
2018 but stayed on for the 2018-19 season as UNC completed the search and hired a new coach.

"Although I was ready to retire last year, this year allowed different opportunities," Miller said. "We had a large group of
incoming freshmen, so to help them adapt to college life and the team program was gratifying, and I also appreciated being
able to finish up with this year's seniors.

"One of the main focuses throughout the season was to prepare the program for my successor. I'm so appreciative of the
many qualified candidates who took the time to apply for the position, and we're all very pleased that Matt was selected – I
hope it will be an easy transition for him."

Jednak coached locally as part of the North Carolina Fencing Development Program and with Apex Fencing Academy, where
he worked with several national medal winners.

As a Tar Heel assistant coach he was involved in all aspects of the program, coaching numerous NCAA Championships
qualifiers while developing a broad base of experience and a strong coaching philosophy.

"My coaching philosophy develops student-athletes and staff into confident leaders and forges strong bonds with parents
and alumni, while my passion and emotional energy create an environment that cultivates the highest levels of success,"
Jednak said. "This is an unbelievable opportunity for me."Footer.                                                                                       
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.
Zoe Loh was born in Hangzhou, China to parents Richard and Claudina Loh. She grew up in Mississauga, Canada before
moving to Chapel Hill at the age of 15. She began fencing at the age of 11 with Toronto Fencing Club.

During her high school years, Loh 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.

She is pursuing a PhD at Duke in the Department of Pathology.
Coach Gerhard Guevarra - Guest Coach
Coach and Owner of All-American Fencing Academy, Fayetteville, NC  
University of North Carolina Fencing Alum
Day Camp Guest Coach

Gerhard began fencing in his freshman year at UNC-Chapel Hill. During his
sophomore year, he joined the UNC-Chapel Hill Varsity Fencing team and
began training under Fencing Master Dr. Ron C. Miller.

Gerhard has been coaching since 1999 with numerous success with his
students including Junior Olympic Qualifiers and Regional Youth Circuit
Finalists. He continues to compete nationally but has fenced internationally,
competing in the 2006 Vancouver World Cup and has won several North
Carolina Division Championships.

Gerhard teaches the youth foil classes and the teen and adult foil and epee
classes.
Gerhard has a BA in Physical Education, Exercise and Sports Science. He has been a middle school Business
Technology teacher and recreation center director. He has also been an Army Reservist, completing his 8 year
commitment in 2003. He is currently a School Liaison Officer for Fort Bragg and the Department of the Army.

He now lives in Fayetteville with his wife (Jennifer), sons (Gabriel and Liam) and daughters (Grace and Isabelle).
Gabriel and Isabelle has also started to fence with the All-American Fencing Academy and both compete nationally.