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Date: 4/7/2016

After an IHF expert group, media and thousands of fans have cast their votes, the result is now final: Dagur Sigurdsson (42) and Thorir Hergeirsson (51), both from Iceland, are the Coaches of the Year 2015.


With overall 59.1% of the votes, Dagur Sigurdsson, coach of Germany’s men’s national team, was the clear winner in the men’s category and left experienced coaches such as 2012 Coach of the Year Valero Rivera (3.), Claude Onesta (4.), who won the title already twice, and Michael Biegler (5.) far behind. Christian Berge, the young coach from Norway who, just as Sigurdsson, got a lot of attention at the EURO 2016, could not reach him but came closest with overall 29.8%.


In the women’s category, the voting was much closer and in the end, the fans were decisive for the victory of the coach of Norway’s women’s national team and Coach of the Year 2011, 2012, 2014 and now 2015. Dutch coach Henk Groener kept up and could win the same amount of votes as Hergeirsson in the IHF expert and media votings. However, 48.8% of the fans chose the Icelander and thus, made him Coach of the Year for the fourth time. Tomas Robert Ryde (3.), Evgeniy Trefilov (4.) and Dragan Adzic (5.) stood no chance.


Portraits of the World Coaches 2015


Dagur Sigurdsson

Date of birth: 3 April 1973

Nationality: Iceland

Coaching Career: Wakunaga Hiroshima, A1 Bregenz, Austria national team, Füchse Berlin, 2014-today Germany men’s national team

Achievements: 2015 EHF European Cup winners (Füchse Berlin), 2016 European Champion


Thorir Hergeirsson

Date of birth: 27 April 1964

Nationality: Iceland

Coaching Career: Frensborg/Ski, Elverum Håndball, Gjerpen Håndball, Nærbø IL, 2009-today Norway women’s national team

Achievements: 2010 European Champion, 2012 Olympic Champion, 2012 Vice-European Champion, 2014 European Champion, 2011 and 2015 World Champion