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Tom Gauntner

Assistant Coach

Alma Mater:
Lafayette '04

Tom  Gauntner

Tom Gauntner '04, a two-year fencing captain for the Leopards as an undergraduate and the program's former head coach from 2007-13, is in his second year as an assistant coach.

In his final season as head coach, Gaunter coached a school-record 12 NCAA Regional qualifiers, as Lafayette hosted the NCAA Fencing Mid-Atlantic/South Regional for a second-consecutive year.

Gautner's 2011-12 team had 10 qualifiers at the NCAA Regional level, which at the time was the most in school history. He was named Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Fencing Association Coach of the Year for the second time in his career after that campaign. His 2010-11 squad saw eight fencers qualify for NCAA Regionals, with Andre Rafizadeh '13 advancing to the regional final.

In the 2009-10 season, 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 earned his first MACFA Coach of the Year award.

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 the Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey.