Heidi Runyan is in her ninth season as head coach of the UC San Diego fencing program. Her overall goal is to continue to develop strong, competitive and cohesive teams and by utilizing rigorous practice techniques, she prepares her team for competitive success in USFA individual tournaments, Intercollegiate Conference team meets, NCAA Regionals and the NCAA National Championships.
Runyan's squads have captured nine consecutive men's and women's conference championships. She has twice been named NCAA West Region Coach of the Year and four of her fencers have earned All-America honors.
She coached UCSD's 2012-13 fencing team to another standout year where the Tritons earned their ninth consecutive IFCSC Championship for the men and women squads. Her team traveled home where the NCAA West Regionals were taking place and Adam Campbell-Kruger (men's epee) and Luc Ginestet (men's epee) qualified for the National Championships finishing third and seventh, respectively. This is the second consecutive year that Runyan has sent a pair of fencers to the National Championships, which are being held in San Antonio, Texas.
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 L.A.
She returned to fencing in the mid 1990s and spent several years as a ranked USFA senior fencer in both foil and sabre. She trained under Dmitry Guy in sabre and is a three-time Pacific Coast Champion in women's sabre. Continuing to compete in both veteran foil and sabre, Runyan has been a member of four Veteran World Fencing Championship teams.
Runyan has a Bachelor's in business management.
She is married with two adult children.