On a weekend when the sports world was enthralled by Duke men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski’s 1,000th victory, a North Carolina coach reached a monumental mark of his own.
The UNC women’s fencing team set that milestone against Sacred Heart University at the Philadelphia Invitational tournament this weekend. The team's win was Coach Ron Miller's 1,400th victory, a number unparalleled in the collegiate fencing world.
Miller, who started UNC’s fencing program in 1967 and is the longest tenured coach at the university, credits the many athletes he has instructed over the years for his formidable achievement.
“One of the things that I think everyone should keep in mind is that it’s not the coach who makes the wins: it’s the athletes,” Miller said. “I feel like it’s a gift from all of my athletes from the very beginning until now.”
Though Miller’s milestone was equally as impressive, it didn’t garner the publicity Krzyzewski’s did — there were no camera crews or swarming reporters eager to speak with him after the match. In fact, many of his athletes didn’t even realize the significance of the win until later in the afternoon.