David Micahnik

Category
2003
About This Inductee

David attended G.A.R. High School in Wilkes-Barre and graduated from Wyoming Seminary in 1955. He attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he excelled at fencing. He was first-team All-lvy in the epee as a senior and competed in Eastern Finals 1958-1959. The year after he graduated Penn, he went on to become US National Champion and competed in the 1960, 1964 and 1968 Olympic Games. He placed second at US Nationals 1964, 1966, 1968. He was a member of the 1965 World Maccabiah Games gold-medal winning epee, foil and saber teams. He won the individual epee and finished second in the foil. He repeated the individual and team epee titles at the games in 1969. As head fencing coach at Penn, his men’s and women’s teams have achieved 19 Ivy League titles, 11 IFA titles, and 2 NCAA championships. He was named 1977 US Fencing Coaches Association’s Collegiate Coach of the Year. His combined career record is 507 — 149, with 28 consecutive winning seasons. He also has extensive international coaching experience. David is currently in his 29th year as head fencing coach at Penn, where he is a member of their Athletic Hall of Fame. He is also a member of the inaugural class of the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. He is still competing, capturing two silver medals in the Veteran-60 Men’s Epee at the National Championships in 200-2001. David resides in Cherry Hill, NJ, with his wife Phyllis. They have four sons: Robert, Henry, Aaron and Steven.