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New head coaches in Germany - Stamm retires after 12 years

German waterpolo is facing visible changes on the pool deck in the near future as all head coach positions will be changed with the beginning of the new season. Men’s senior head coach Hagen Stamm will not renew his contract after three Olympic circles and almost twelve years in office. The German Swimming Federation also announced that they are looking for a successor of women’s head coach René Reimann and a new junior coach.

Especially the announced retirement of Hagen Stamm, two-time European champion in 1981 and 1989 and one of the legendary players of this decade, will mark a visible change. The president and former top player of national record champion Spandau 04 took over the German men’s team in 2000 after the missed qualification for the Sydney Games. Up to now, he currently is the coach with the longest stay in office after Dr Denes Kemeny who took over Hungary’s “golden generation” in 1997.
 
Stamm’s performances as coach include a bronze medal in the 2005 FINA World League, a fourth place in the 2007 FINA World League and two fifth places in the 2004 Olympic Games and most recently the 2012 European Championships. Interestingly enough, all performances since 2008 would have been enough to make it to the 2012 Olympics as well, but his team had a visible blackout at the recent Olympic Games Qualification Tournament at Edmonton, Canada.
 
The German Swimming Federation has published application forms for all three coaching positions which do not only include work at the pool deck, but also the preparation and supervising of large-scale programs. N. b.: the application deadlines for all positions are 15 July 2012. 
 
> Men’s senior head coach
> Women’s senior head coach
> Junior coach
 
Pictured: Hagen Stamm will retire from the head coach position after three Olympic circles. Photo by Henk Swinkels.

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