Eli Sukunda has been coaching the Carleton University Ravens fencing team since 1993. Entering his 25th year as head coach of the team in 2019-20, Sukunda’s success as a fencer has helped to establish a reputable program at Carleton University.
Sukunda is a three -time Olympian fencer who competed in Montreal, Los Angeles and Seoul. He was a gold and bronze medalist in Sabre at the Commonwealth Games in 1982 and a bronze medalist at the 1983 Pan American Games.
He has coached the National Fencing Team at three World Championships including the Mens’ Sabre team in 1993 and the Womens’ Sabre team in 1998 and 1999.
In 2009-2010, he led the men’s and women’s fencing teams to gold in front of the home crowd. It marked the second OUA title in the history of the Ravens women’s program and the men’s first championship since 2000-2001. It was also the first time both the men’s and women’s teams have captured gold in the same year. For leading the Ravens fencing team to one of its most successful seasons, Sukunda was named the 2010 Carleton University Coach of the Year.
Most recently, Sukunda led the men’s team to consecutive conference banners in 2013-14 and 2014-15 and the women’s team to back-to-back conference titles in 2011-12 and 2012-13.
Overall, Sukunda has guided the men’s team to four championships, including four foil, three epee and nine sabre titles. On the women’s side, Sukunda has led the Ravens to three conference titles overall, including five foil, six epee and two sabre wins.
Sukunda has been named the OUA’s Christian Vidosa Fencing Coach of the Year recipient on two occasions in 2004-05 and 2009-10.