Austrian special coaches for EC titles
The Coaching team for the 2. FIR European Championships is now complete. For the first time in history the Racketlon Federation Austria will have a special coach for each sport. Thanks to the personal contacts of RFA president Marcel Weigl team captain Thomas Wagner will be supported by special coaches this year. “Our goals are clearly defined with European Championship titles”, says Weigl. The Austrian national teams elite and U21 will prepare with Mario Gruber (Tabletennis), Andras Nemeth (Badminton), Edi Stepanek (Squash) and Max Wagner (Tennis). We would like to introduce them:
Mario Gruber was member of the U18 table tennis national team and represented Austria at European Youth Championships. He is an experienced Bundesliga player. Among his titles is a county championship title as well as a 9th place at the national table tennis championshops. The 37-year-old was part of the Austrian team that took the Racketlon World Championship title in 2010. As coach he recently led the table tennis team of Oberndorf into the final of the 2. Austrian Bundesliga as well as helped some youngsters to Austrian championship titles. In Racketlon it is his first station as coach.
Andras Nemeth (credit: photing.com) was 15 times Hungarian Youth Champion and took six national titles in Hungary. In 2016 he won the bronze medal at the Austrian National Badminton Championships. As state certified coach the 25-year-old is active as playing-captain for the Union Racketlon Klosterneuburg as well as AS Logistik Mödling in the Austrian Bundesliga. In Racketlon he led the U21 national team to two World Championship and one European Championship title.
Edi Stepanek was Austrian national champion in 1981, won seven county titles as well as four national team titles. The state certified 64-year old coach holds the highest squash coaching license in Austria (ESF 1 & 2) and has coached the Austrian national team elite and youth for many years, as well as the Spanish junior national team for the last few years. He is also a Racketlon newcomer.
Max Wagner was tennis team champion u18 in Bavaria and played in the highest county league there. As Coach with the German DTB B Licence the 29 year old led some juniors to national Bavarian titles. Since one year he is working for the Tennis College at the City & Country Club in Vienna, the venue of the European Championships.