Academic Masters

Master Coaches receive academic master’s degree

In a milestone project in the academic certification of education in sport, 13 EHF Master Coaches have successfully graduated with a master’s degree from the University of Las Palmas on Gran Canaria.

A sort of ‘classroom atmosphere’ could be sensed in the EHF Office in Vienna on 2 November 2017. A meeting room had been turned into a space for preparation, and also in the lobby of the EHF Office, various people, including several well-known handball coaches, could be seen, wandering around – visibly deep in thought.

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It was the day on which 13 EHF Master Coaches had the opportunity to receive a master’s degree from the University of Las Palmas in Gran Canaria.

It was another high point in the partnership between the European Handball Federation and the Spanish university.

In a nutshell, this aspect of the partnership allows handball coaches, who are in possession of the Master Coach diploma within the EHF RINCK (coaching) Convention (after having attended either national courses certified by the EHF or EHF courses), to enter the final stages of the new postgraduate master degree - MSc. EHF Master Coach.

They then need to complete and pass a final project, i.e. master's thesis, to gain a master's degree.

The previously attended Master Coach course will be acknowledged by the university in line with the European Bologna system.

It is a novel and unique degree at an international level and represents a milestone in the cooperation between university and sport organisations."
José María Lorenzo Nespereira, Director of Lifelong Learning at the university.

The topics chosen by the first Master Coaches to enter the new master’s degree covered all aspects of modern handball.

Gregor Cvijic, the coach of Slovenian VELUX EHF Champions League participants RK Gorenje Velenje, analysed the game in the context of seven attackers on six defenders.

Dragan Djukic, who has been coaching Montenegro’s men’s team since 2016 and will lead them to the EHF EURO 2018 in Croatia, focused on the preparation for the game.

‘How to develop intelligent and creative players’ was the topic chosen by Tiago Oliviera from Portugal. He developed a set of around 40 training exercises.

All the candidates were to go on to successfully defend their theses and became the first successful graduates of this new academic master’s degree.

The jury was composed of Prof. Miguel Betancor, the well-known basketball referee and academic director of the programme, Pedro Sequiera from the EHF Methods Commission and Carmen Manchado from the EHF Competitions Commission.

The project’s coordination lies with Helmut Höritsch, the coordinator for the EHF Competence Academy & Network (CAN) and senior manager for education and development.

"This unique project in Europe will secure education, certification and employability in handball," he said.

The successful graduates, including their thesis topics and tutors

Zoran Abramovic

Dragan Djukic

Dragan Djukic

Gregor Cvijic

Gregor Cvijic

Ongaro Andrea Ongaro

Ongaro Andrea Ongaro

Wolfgang Pollany

Wolfgang Pollany

Uros Mohoric (SLO)
EHF Master Coach since 2013
Crossfit training influence on motor skills of handball players
Academic tutor: Marko Sibila

Wolfgang Pollany (AUT)
EHF Master Coach since 2012 –
Qualitative analysis M20 EURO 2016 in Denmark
Academic Tutor: Zoltan Marczinka

Gintaras Savukynas (LTU)
EHF Master Coach since 2016
Analysis of Finish club Cocks in 2016/17 EHF CL/Baltic League
Academic tutor: Marko Sibila

Erwin Gierlinger (AUT)
EHF Master Coach since 2012
Comparative analysis of 2016 EHF Men's EHF EURO vs. AUT League
Academic Tutor: Zoltan Marczinka

Zivojin Maksic (SRB)
EHF Master Coach since 2016
The modern approach in teaching/training of fast break
Academic tutor: Marko Sibila

Nenad Sostaric (CRO)
EHF Master Coach since 2016
Tactical attack play against 5:1 and 6:0 defence
Academic Tutor: Marko Sibila

Emil-Vlad Caba (ROU)
EHF Master Coach since 2014
Methodology of integration of young players into senior teams
Academic tutor: Marko Sibila

Dragan Djukic (SRB)
EHF Master Coach since 2012 –
Preparation for the game (from a different perspective)
Academic Tutor: Branislav Pokrajac

Zoran Abramovic (MNE)
EHF Master Coach since 2016
The most efficient action during the 6:5 players ratio
Academic tutor: Branislav Pokrajac

Gregor Cvijic (SLO)
EH EHF Master Coach since 2013
Analysis of the game in context seven attackers on six defenders
Academic tutor: Marko Sibila

Ongaro Andrea Ongaro (IRL)
EHF Master Coach since 2016
Decision-making process and methods in handball teaching
Academic tutor: Marko Sibila

Roman Filz (AUT)
EHF Master Coach since 2016
Qualitative Goalkeeper Analysis VELUX EHF FINAL4 2017
Academic tutor: Klaus Feldmann

Oliviera Tiago (POR)
EHF Master Coach since 2016
How to develop intelligent and creative young players
Academic tutor: Marie Luisa Estriga

Academic masters jury
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Helmut Höritsch, Prof. Miguel Betanco, Carmen Manchado and Pedro Sequiera