Tom Gauntner '04, a two-year captain for the Leopards as an undergraduate, is in his sixth season as head coach on College Hill.
Gautner's 2011-12 team had 10 qualifiers at the NCAA REgional level, the most in school history. He was named MACFA Coach of the Year for the second time in his career and now sits on the NCAA Mid-Atlantic/South Regional Fencing Committee.
His 2010-11 squad saw eight fencers qualify for NCAA Regionals, with Andre Rafizadeh '13 advancing to the regional final.
In the 2009-10 campaign, two Lafayette student-athletes qualified for the Individual Finals at the MACFA Championships for the first time since Gauntner himself and Brendon O'Dea '07 did so in 2004. In 2010, Gauntner was also elected as the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Fencing Association Commissioner.
Gauntner's 2008-09 team posted the program's first winning record (9-8) since 1992-93. For his efforts, he was named the 2009 Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Fencing Association Coach of the Year.
Gauntner had a distinguished career as a student-athlete at Lafayette, compiling a 111-42 record and collecting a top-10 finish at the MACFA Championships as a sabreur. In addition to his two-year captaincy for the Leopards, he was named the team's Most Outstanding Fencer for the 2003-2004 season. He currently holds a USFA "D" classification.
Gauntner earned a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Lafayette in 2004. In addition to his duties with the Leopards, he works full-time at Picatinny Arsenal and currently resides in Hackettstown, N.J.
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