Fencing Coaching Staff
Josh Runyan
Associate Head Coach
Coach Info:
Position: Associate Head Coach
Phone: 858-735-0512
Email: joshrunyan@ucsd.edu

Josh Runyan is in his 17th year as a coach with the UC San Diego fencing program in 2018-19. He was named Associate Head Coach in July of 2015.

Following the 2014-15 season, Runyan was named the Western Fencing Conference (WFC) Coach of the Year. He helped lead the UC San Diego women to a WFC championship at the NCAA West Regionals, where the Tritons triumphed over Stanford.

Runyan does much of the recruiting for the Tritons. He was largely responsible for resurrecting the UC San Diego's annual BladeRunner tournament in 2004 and served as tournament chairman for 14 years. He also spent four years on the NCAA Fencing Championship Committee.

He holds coaching titles of Master in saber and Prevot in foil from the United States Fencing Coaches Association.

Runyan began fencing in college at Cal State LA under USFA Hall of Fame Fencing Master Delmar Calvert and later trained in saber under interim U.S. national coach Dmitriy Guy.

In the 1990's, he spent many years on the U.S. senior national rankings. Runyan has also been on five U.S. Armed Forces Fencing Teams at Military World Championships. He is a six-time Pacific Coast individual saber champion and has won numerous North American Cups/Summer Nationals as a veteran fencer.

A seven-time member of the U.S. World Veteran's Team, Runyan is a world champion, winning gold at the 2019 World Veterans Championships (V60 Saber) in Cairo, Egypt. He was the silver medalist at the 2011 Worlds (V50 Saber) and took bronze at the 2018 championships (V60 Saber).

Runyan spent four years active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps and nine years flying F-14's for the U.S. Navy. He is also a Boeing 767 captain for a major airline.

Runyan holds a bachelor's in History and a master's in Christian Apologetics.

Married to former UC San Diego head coach Heidi Runyan, they have two grown children.