Andy Tulleners was named the head fencing coach in August 2017.
Tulleners was named the 2019 Midwest Conference Coach of the Year as he engineered a dramatic turnaround from his first season to his second in his second stint at the helm for CSU.
After the Vikings tied for 20th place at the 2018 Midwest Conference Championships, he led the squad to an eighth-place finish at the 2019 event. CSU garnered 320 total points at the 2018 Championships but more than tripled that the next year when it collected 1,005 points.
The Cleveland State men posted their best finish at the event in 15 years, finishing fifth with 635 points. The men's foil unit took second place at the conference championships, finishing only behind nationally ranked Ohio State, while the men's epee team also won three team bouts at the event.
Tulleners also guided his women's foil squad to three victories at the event as the unit outplaced its seed. This was achieved despite the fact that the team was composed of three true freshmen.
Tulleners also saw 11 Vikings compete at the NCAA Midwest Regional, the highest figure for CSU in five years.
Tulleners is no stranger to the CSU fencing program as he is in the midst of his second stint leading the squad. He was the head coach for seven seasons from 2008-15.
During his first stretch as head coach, Tulleners was named Midwest Fencing Conference Coach of the Year in 2011 and 2014. He also helped three different individuals qualify for the NCAA Championships.
CSU's associate head coach for the 2015-16 & 2016-17 seasons, Tulleners served on the NCAA Fencing Committee in 2014-15 and is the Secretary of the Midwest Conference, a role he's held since 2014. He also was an assistant coach for Cleveland State for three seasons from 2005-08.
As head coach at CSU, Tulleners has consistently ensured his student-athletes performed well off the strip as his teams have combined for eight NCAA APR Public Recognition awards.
At the end of the 2016-17 season, Tulleners earned USA Fencing's 'Spirit of the Sport' award. He was one of six individuals nationally chosen based on commitment to the sport of fencing, as well as commitment to his or her club, along with the sportsmanship, leadership, teamwork and character that the nominee displays.
Tulleners also played a large role in helping Cleveland State host the 2019 NCAA Fencing Championships on campus inside the Wolstein Center, the first time that CSU hosted the prestigious event.
Tulleners earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Dayton in 1999. He lives in nearby Chardon, Ohio.