Wednesday, February 26 2020

11-6-19, Matt Jednak, Head Coach, UNC Fencing

The guest speaker for our upcoming meeting will be Matt Jednak, Head Coach of the men’s and women’s fencing team at UNC.  He took over the role on May 1, 2019 becoming just the second coach in Tar Heel program history, following Ron Miller, who came to UNC in 1967 and spent 52 years at the UNC helm.  Miller coached the Tar Heels for 52 seasons and compiled a career record of 1,603-900. He initially retired in the spring of 2018 but stayed on for the 2018-19 season as UNC completed the search and hired a new coach.

As a Tar Heel Assistant Coach he was involved in all aspects of the program, coaching numerous NCAA Championships qualifiers while developing a broad base of experience and a strong coaching philosophy.  “My coaching philosophy develops student-athletes and staff into confident leaders and forges strong bonds with parents and alumni, while my passion and emotional energy create an environment that cultivates the highest levels of success,” Jednak said. “This is an unbelievable opportunity for me.”

Jednak coached locally as part of the North Carolina Fencing Development Program and with Apex Fencing Academy, where he worked with several national medal winners.

A three-year letter winner as part of UNC men’s epee squad, Jednak completed his North Carolina degree in 2009, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in mathematical decision sciences. He served as a Carolina assistant coach from 2009-14, then founded and currently manages his own accounting and tax firm while coaching fencing on the Club level.

 

Mark Your Calendar

11/20/19 – Rick Steinbacher, Senior Associate Athletic Director, UNC
12/4/19 – Dan Brooks, Head Women’s Golf Coach, Duke
12/18/19 – Christmas Party Luncheon


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