Thank you Tom

Tom O’Brannagáin has stepped down as Coach of the Irish Men’s National Team. Tom has cited his busier professional career as part of the reason for his decision, this effectively brings to a close 6 years of dedicated time and effort for Tom in the development of the Irish Men’s Squad.

Tom took over the reins from Martin Mehner the previous coach after the 2005 Challenge Trophy which was held in Ireland, at the National Basketball Arena in Dublin.

Tom was responsible for the appointment of Carsten Klavehn as Head of Coaching and David Bregazzi was also introduced as Goal Keeper Coach and International Player Scout.

During his time as National Team coach Tom introduced many positive changes to improve the standard of the team and encouraged the development of younger players from home and abroad. The Squad went from being represented by mainly Irish based players in 2005 to a much greater mix of foreign based players.

Tom leaves the post of National Men’s Team Coach with the blessing of the Board of the IOHA; we salute his dedication and service to the cause of handball in Ireland. We know the sport is better because of his involvement and commitment and his effort is an example to us all of how voluntary service can be rewarding and productive and his leadership at this high level will be hard to replace.

I’m sure every handball player in Ireland and in Europe will join with the Board of the IOHA in wishing Tom all the best for the future.

The IOHA Board is seeking to appoint a Director of High Performance in the near future and we are reviewing our strategy for the National Men’s Team in the light of this development.

Fintan J. Lyons
President IOHA
28th November 2011