In the closest thing to a home meet this season, the North Carolina fencing team competed at Duke University over the weekend. The men's team (23-14) competed on Saturday, finishing 3-2, while the women's team (24-16) competed on Sunday, finishing 2-3 and granting head coach Ron Miller his 1,600th career win.
“One thousand six hundred is just another number, it really is," Miller said. "When I hit 1,500, that was special, 1,600 is more special, but it’s just another number.”
Miller, currently in his 52nd season at UNC, announced his plans to retire after last season, but returned due to lack of a replacement. As the Tar Heels' first and only fencing coach, Miller is responsible for not only the birth of fencing at UNC but the upkeep of a dominant southern fencing program. In 2016, Miller received the USFCA's Award of Merit for accomplishments and impact on the sport of fencing, and in 2018 coached the women’s team to its first ACC Championship.
Win number 1,600 occurred in the second match of the day for the women after a 16-11 victory over Boston College. Miller kept the word about the potential milestone quiet prior to the monumental win, but his fencers were happy to see him get credit after all his time with the program.