A Turner from the age of four, Henry Schiget’s career was dedicated to improving the Turner program nationwide. Schiget was a member of the Charleroi, Pa., Turners during childhood and, as an adult, took over as Field Director of the American Turners. In his career, Schiget increased class sizes and membership, all while promoting the sport nationwide, including shows for the USO.
In Clinton, Iowa, he increased the Turner membership from 60 members to almost 1,000 and brought the 1949 National American Turner Gymnastic Championships to the town. Schiget also coached gymnastics greats such as Hall of Fame member Fred Roethlisberger.