Heidi Runyan enters her 13th season as head coach of the UC San Diego fencing program in 2016-17.
Runyan's overall goal is to continue to develop strong, competitive and cohesive teams. By utilizing rigorous practice techniques, she prepares her team for competitive success in USFA individual tournaments, IFCSC team meets, NCAA Regionals and the NCAA National Championships.
Runyan's squads have captured 12 consecutive men's and women's IFCSC titles. She has twice been named NCAA West Region Coach of the Year and five of her fencers have earned All-America honors.
UC San Diego's men and women won IFCSC championships for the 12th straight season in 2015-16. Freshman Leanne Singleton-Comfort was one of four Tritons to qualify for the National Collegiate Championships. She tied for third in saber, the best-ever finish for the program. Sophomore David Hadler made his second-straight trip to nationals, while senior Drew Dickinson and sophomore Sophia Holmqvist also qualified.
In addition to her extensive coaching experience, Runyan has many years of competitive fencing under her belt. She began fencing in Hollywood under legendary coach and Olympian Ralph Faulkner and was then trained by Hall of Fame fencing Master Delmar Calvert as a collegiate fencer at Cal State LA.
She returned to fencing in the mid 1990s and spent several years as a ranked USFA senior fencer in both foil and saber. She trained under Dmitry Guy in saber and is a three-time Pacific Coast Champion. Continuing to compete in both veteran foil and saber, Runyan has been a member of four Veteran World Fencing Championship teams.
Runyan has a bachelor's degree in business management. She is married to Triton associate head coach Josh Runyan. The couple has two adult children.