Dedicated in November 2013, the David Micahnik Fencing Center is the home of the University of Pennsylvania men's and women's fencing programs.
Located at the front of the second floor of the TSE Center at Hutchinson Gymnasium, the Micahnik Fencing Center features 10,000 square feet of program facility and 14 fencing strips, each with its own unique electronic scoring system. The room features new lighting and Panelite windows, Mondo Flooring with inlaid reel boxes, and a display area for trophies and other historical artifacts. The Center is furthered by team rooms for both programs, an armory, and coaches' offices.
The center was named in honor of longtime men’s and women’s fencing coach Dave Micahnik, who retired in 2008 after 35 years overseeing both programs. He never had a losing season with either program, as the men went 343-105 during his tenure while the women went 379-105 for a combined mark of 722-210.
Micahnik was the 1997 U.S. Fencing Coaches Association (USFCA) Collegiate Coach of the Year, and a 2008 inductee into the United States Fencing Association Hall of Fame. He has also been honored as an inductee into the inaugural class of the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1997, and the second class of the University of Pennsylvania’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 1996.
Thirty-two Quakers coached by Micahnik competed internationally as members of United States national teams, including at the Olympic Games, and he produced 44 All-America (29 men, 15 women) and 90 All-Ivy selections (61 men, 29 women).
A 1959 Penn graduate, Micahnik was a first-team All-Ivy selection in epee as a senior under the instruction of the late Maestro Csiszar. He was the 1960 U.S. National Champion, and competed in the 1960, 1964 and 1968 Olympic Games. In addition to coaching in the collegiate ranks, Micahnik also has extensive international coaching experience. He has coached U.S. teams in four Under-20 World Championships, five World University Games, two World Championships, the 1985 and 1993 World Maccabiah Games, and the 1986 and 1988 Junior Pan-American Games.
The Coach Dave Micahnik Fencing Center was part of a 98,000-square-foot renovation of the existing Hutchinson Gymnasium that cost $27.2 million. The project is certified as LEED Gold.