Dragflick Newsdesk : Valentin Altenburg will be the new national coach of the German women’s national team on January 1, 2022. The 40-year-old from Hamburg will take over the Danas on their way to the Olympic Games in Paris in 2024, with the next highlight in the summer of 2022 being the World Cup in Spain and the Netherlands.
In recent years, the father of two has been the head of the youth and junior teams at the DHB as head of the youth team and has just won the silver medal at the U21 World Cup in India with Johannes Schmitz by his side. In 2016 he celebrated winning the bronze medal in Rio as the national project coach of the German men.
In recent years, Valentin Altenburg has been responsible for many successes in the youth division of the DHB, such as winning the U21 European championship title in 2019 or winning the European indoor championship with a young men’s national team in Berlin in 2020.
Until his successor has been found for the male junior division, Altenburg will organize the transition in close coordination with sports director Dr. Christoph Menke-Salz and the new men’s national coach André Henning.
DHB Sports Director Dr. Christoph Menke-Salz :
“Valentin brings tremendous quality in the areas of team leadership and hockey know-how to the start and will therefore deliver exactly what we need now to lead the Danas to the top of the world by Paris 2024. I’m really looking forward to seeing how the Danas develop under his leadership. ”
“Valentin’s previous career is a good example of how top trainers in our system can continuously develop into globally recognized top coaches”, says Katrin Kauschke, DHB Vice President of Competitive Sports .
“Vali knows our philosophy and many of our players very well and will be able to get started with the Danas right away.”
Altenburg: “This is a dream job!”
After the Olympic Games in 2012, when the team last won European championships in Boom 2013, the women’s national team was already in charge of the women’s national team as assistant trainer under Jamilon Mülders.
His wife Lisa has completed 156 international games with the Danas in the last 13 years and only ended her international career after the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Valentin Altenburg is looking forward to the new task with great anticipation:
“This is a dream job. I am now looking forward to getting to know all the players properly. We have little time and we have a lot to do. For years the troop has been making a super personable and highly professional impression and I really want to form a successful unit out of it. “