12th and 15thMaccabiah
Fred began his Gymnastics career while in junior high school in Philadelphia. His family relocated to Connecticut where he became a two-time state high school all-around champion for Rippowam High School. As a college athlete, Fred was a member of Temple University’s first place team at the 1968 Eastern Intercollegiate Gymnastics League Championship where he was the individual all-around and high bar champion.
Fred participated in the 8th Maccabiah Games and won gold in the rings and vault, and the USA Open Men’s team took home a gold medal. After graduating from Temple in ’69, he continued to compete internationally as a member of the U.S. National Team. He started to coach in 1976 at Temple, a position he still holds. Fred was an Assistant Coach for the U.S. Men’s team at the 1992 Olympics and Head Coach for the USA Open Gymnastics Team at the 12th and 15th Maccabiah Games.
Fred has won numerous awards for his athletic achievements both as an athlete and coach, including being inducted into the Temple University (1984) and Philadelphia Jewish Sports Halls of Fame. He is an avid scuba diver who enjoys underwater photography and is a certified instructor. Fred and his wife Diane Eigner reside in Philadelphia, PA and have a son.