Tribute for active USA Wrestling, Maccabi USA leader Chris Feder

Chris Feder, an active leader and contributor to wrestling for over a half-century across the nation and around the world, passed away Monday in San Rafael, California. He was 73.

Chris Feder
Feder's life was in touch with significant wrestlers and coaches throughout the U.S. and around the world over the course of a long and well-lived life.

"He did a whole lot for a lot of people, asking for nothing in return," said Mike Kosoy, who recently became assistant wrestling coach at Oregon State who was coached by Feder at the Maccabiah Games.

"He should be recognized not only for what he did for the sport, but for what he did for the people around him. He brought a different energy to the room whenever he entered, something I may never see again. He was an extraordinary person."

Feder was one of the best wrestlers to ever come through LIU-Post back when it was known as the C.W. Post campus on Long Island, New York, having twice earned NCAA All-American honors on the mat.

Chris Fader placed second at the 1969 NCAA Championships, and went undefeated in dual-meet competition for the Pioneers. Feder won three Metropolitan Wrestling Conference championships, and continued his wrestling career after college by winning two silver medals at the Maccabiah Games (1969, '89).

As an international wrestler, Fader won silver in both freestyle and Greco-Roman in 1969 at the 8th Maccabiah. He returned 20 years later for the 13th Games again, winning individual double silver medals along with team silver in Greco-Roman and team gold in freestyle. Chris coached the highly successful team at the 20th Maccabiah in 2017 and was serving as the Wrestling Chair for the 21st Games scheduled for July 2022.

Although Fader's wrestling career seemed dually focused in the New York area in college and on the international stage, another focus point of his involvement in wrestling was California. He coached the wrestling program at Terra Linda (Calif.) High School from 1976-1990. Feder's accompliments earned him a place of honor of at the California Wrestling Fall of Fame, as well as a their Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. Feder coached Terra Linda (Calif.) High School's wrestling program from 1976-1990.

What's more, Chris Fader served as a vice-president for the 24-Hour Fitness company's Team Sports Program.

Information on funeral arrangements are currently not available. However, Maccabi USA will be establishing a memorial fund to honor his memory and support the many ongoing wrestling initiatives that are his legacy. Contributions can be made here. Please indicate Chris Feder as recognition name.

"His loss will be felt by the countless lives he touched. May his memory be a blessing!," said Dan Kurtz, Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives of Maccabi USA


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