PHILADELPHIA Dave Micahnik, the head coach of Penn’s men’s and women’s fencing teams, was inducted into the United States Fencing Hall of Fame on Saturday, July 5, as part of the seven-member Class of 2008. The induction ceremonies were part of the 2008 Summer Nationals currently being held in San Jose, Calif.
A 1959 graduate of Penn, Michanik competed in epee at three Olympic Games (1960, ’64 and ’68). He won the 1960 U.S. National Championship, and was ranked in the top ten in epee ten times from 1960-73. Micahnik also won two gold medals at the World Maccabiah Games.
Micahnik has served as head coach at Penn since 1974 and recorded a winning season in each of his 34 years at the helm of the Red and Blue. His teams have won a combined 22 Ivy League titles as well as 12 IFA championships and two NCAA team titles -- the 1981 men’s and 1986 women’s crowns. In addition, Micahnik coached the 1990 men’s sabre team to an NCAA title. Twelve of his fencers have won individual NCAA championships.
Micahnik’s coaching success has not been limited to the fencing strips at Penn. He has served as the U.S. National Team coach on numerous occasions including World Championships, World University Games, World Maccabiah Games and Junior Pan-American Games.
In addition to coaching, Micahnik has served on many fencing committees for the NCAA, United States Fencing Association and the Olympic Fencing Committee, among others.
In 1996, Micahnik was inducted as a member of the second class of Penn’s Athletic Hall of Fame, and in 1997 he was an inaugural inductee into the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.
Penn Athletics will have a recap of the induction ceremonies on Monday following the Hall of Fame weekend.
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