Fencing was a club sport at Carolina as early as the 1930s, when intramural matches were held in Memorial Hall. As interest in the sport grew in the 1960s, the university hired Ron Miller to come to Carolina to start a team. The reputation of the sport may not have been particularly high at the time, as shown by a 1967 Daily Tar Heel headline asking whether fencing was a "sissy sport." It was recognized as a varsity sport that year, and Miller would go on to become a legend in collegiate fencing, coaching for fifty-one years until announcing his retirement in 2018. The UNC—Chapel Hill men's fencing teams won eight Atlantic Coast Conference championships between 1971 and 1980, and the women's team, also coached by Miller, won their first ACC championship in 2018.