IOHA Technical Director achieves Master Coach Status

The Board of the Irish Olympic Handball Association would like to congratulate the association’s Technical Director, Andrea Ongaro on having achieved the status of Master Coach following the completion of  the 3rd module on the fringes of the EHF EURO 2016 in Gothenburg, Sweden.

As Andrea himself stated this “is a journey that began 30 years ago” .

Andrea moved to Ireland in 2000 and obtained his PhD in Science from UCD in 2003 and has been working in Intel in Leixlip since 2004. Domestically Andrea coached Lughnasa HC and UCD before becoming a founding member of Astra HC in 2007, coaching their Men’s team to the league championship in 2013 and various Cup wins. Internationally Andrea coached the Irish Men’s team at the 2001 IHF/EHF Challenge Trophy in Latvia and the Irish U-20 Ladies at the World Championships qualifiers in Iceland in 2008 and also lead Astra ladies in the 2009/10 Challenge Trophy.

In September 2016, Andrea became an Irish citizen.

A total of 15 coaches, most of them from Scandinavia like former Flensburg and Hamburg coach Per Carlen (Sweden), along with other notable names such as former Dutch international Mark Schmetz, took part in the Licence Renewal course, while overall 49 coaches were part of the Master Coach course. The Master Coach course started on the fringes of the Men’s EHF EURO in Poland, and 46 of the participants passed the seminar after defending their thesis in Sweden.

Among them were the new Swedish men’s national team coach, Icelandic-born Kristjan Andresson and his country fellow, new Icelandic men’s national team coach Geir Svensson, Finnish men’s national team coach Kai Kekki, Dutch men’s national team coach Joop Fiege, German Beach Handball national team coach Konrad Bansa and coaches of current or former EHF Champions League participants such as Müfit Arin (Besiktas) and Markus Burger (Alpla Hard).

According to the Official EHF website every day the participants of both course reviewed and analysed EHF EURO matches including a comprehensive final conclusion by Peter Kovacs. The lecturers of the renewal course focused, for example, on new substitution strategies as an outcome of the new rules, but also psychological subjects and social structures in teams.

Other lecturers besides Kovacs included Marta Bon (SLO), Zoltan Marczinka (HUN), Wolfgang Pollany (AUT), Branislav Pokrajac (SRB), Andreas Vock (AUT) and Helmut Höritsch (EHF Office and coordinator of the EHF Competence Academy Network/CAN). Young handball players aged 16 to 18 years from Gothenburg were the demonstration teams for the practical parts of the course, which was organised by the EHF and the Swedish Handball Federation’s Lennart Söderström.

Participants at the EHF Master Coach course

Participants at the EHF Master Coach course.

Andrea Ongaro defending his Thesis at the EHF Master Coach course.

Andrea Ongaro defending his Thesis at the EHF Master Coach course.