Juan Ignacio Calderon was named head coach of the UC San Diego fencing program in July of 2018.
In his first season as head coach, Calderon led UC San Diego to a 13th-place finish at the National Collegiate Championships, equaling the program's best-ever placing. Three of the five Tritons competing at nationals earned All-America accolades including epeeist Ziad Khayat, who finished seventh, the highest for any Triton male in school history.
With 36 years of international experience across his native Spain, Germany, and the United States, Calderon has touched all aspects of fencing as a competitor, coach, referee, federation official, and tournament organizer.
Calderon spent the 2017-18 season as an assistant coach at UC San Diego, primarily working with the team's epeeists. He helped three Tritons qualify for the NCAA Championships in the weapon with Zach Kravitz placing 15th, Emma Zmurk 17th, and Emily Beihold 20th.
Calderon began collaborating with the San Diego Fencing Center in 2011, where he currently serves as manager and a three-weapon coach. In addition, he was the Chairman of USA Fencing's San Diego Division for the last two years.
In 2016, Calderon founded the Global Fencing Network, a non-profit that fosters collaboration between fencing clubs. Currently, it includes 200 clubs enrolled across 40 countries.
Between 1982 and 1991, Calderon coached in Spain at Club de Esgrima de Madrid as well as Sala de Armas de Madrid, considered the top club in the country. He was also a World Cup referee and the head of the Madrid Fencing Federation's referee commission for two years.
As a competitive fencer in Spain, Calderon was a two-time National Junior Team champion and the Spanish Military champion. At the Senior level, he was ranked among the top-10 for four-straight years.
Calderon also held several executive positions at a large technology company over a 20-year span before deciding to focus on fencing full-time.
A 1992 graduate of the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Calderon earned a degree in Marketing and Business Administration.