Award Nominees

Emmanuel Mayonnade

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2019 was an exceptional year for Emmanuel Mayonnade. In the first half of the year, he led Metz Handball to the semi-finals in the Champions League – a first for any French club. 

Metz had an outstanding season, recording just two losses in the preliminary and main rounds. At the DELO WOMEN’S EHF FINAL4, Metz lost narrowly to Russian club Rostov-Don in the semi-final, then were defeated by Vipers Kristiansand in the bronze-medal play-off. Nevertheless, it was an historic qualification for the event and Metz were established as a top powerhouse in Europe with their results. Mayonnade also won the French championship with Metz in 2019. 

Mayonnade took the post of Netherlands head coach in January 2019. In December 2019, he led the side at his first major championship as a national team coach – and made it all the way to the podium to celebrate the Netherlands first ever world title. 

The Netherlands had four wins and one loss in the preliminary round, then one victory and two defeats in the main round, but it was enough to qualify for the semi-finals. There, Mayonnade led the team to defeat Olympic champions Russia, before they overthrew Spain to take the trophy. 
 

Nominated World Coaches Of The Year

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Carlos Viver Arza

Country: ESP


Carlos Viver was Mayonnade’s opponent in the 2019 IHF Women’s World Championship final. His side, Spain, lost the final narrowly, but their semi-fi...


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Ambrosio Jose Martin Cedres

Country: RUS


After many years leading top Champions League club Györ, Ambros Martin moved to Rostov-Don before the 2018/19 season and led the team to the final ...


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Gabor Danyi

Country: HUN


Gabor Danyi had the tough task of filling Ambros Martin’s shoes when the Spaniard departed Györ, but Martin’s former assistant coach proved he was ...


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Thorir Hergeirsson

Country: NOR


As head coach of Norway, Thorir Hergeirsson’s headlining achievement in 2019 was reaching the semi-finals at the IHF Women’s World Championship in ...


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