He is nicknamed the “handball nail man”. At 28, head coach Yaron Siewert is younger than most of his players. However, the youngest coach of all time was accepted not only by his team, but also by HBL after 21 months in his position.
With eight straight wins, Sewert is the only coach undefeated so far in 2022. With second place in the table, his Foxes (today at 4.05pm against Hannover Burgdorf) are on their way to the Champions League.
BZ: What do you think of the constant comparison with Bayern Munich coach Julian Nagelsmann, or is it entertaining?
Siewert: Oh, that’s not annoying. And the comparisons and questions about it became much less. Together with the team, I try to enhance that with performance from a sporting point of view, which is what the focus is. This is now recognized by the media.
Are you sometimes jealous of your fellow football coaches who get paid in the millions for their work?
No, as a handball coach, I cannot and do not want to compare myself to these amounts. I know my livelihood is very special. Football coaches are accordingly rewarded for media focus and giving up their privacy. For me, the pleasure at work should come first and I feel satisfied in what I do.
How do you manage the balance between being a young father of two children (Emile 2 years, Jonte 14 days) and being a coach?
On the other hand, being a coach gives you a lot of freedom compared to a guy with a permanent desk job. On the other hand, what ultimately matters is the success and development of the team, which you must measure each week. Personally, I invest a lot of time in preparation and follow-up or in further training, which takes a lot of time. On the other hand, I do not consider combining sports and family a burden. I don’t think I could do sports like this if I didn’t have my family.
First of all my wife Lina, who supports my back very well, for me, family is a place to retreat. When I get there, I recharge my battery and only then can I really focus on the sport. I think it’s good to have two worlds.
This training center can also be an ejection seat, including several changes to the site. It is not family friendly.
You can’t take your eyes off the fact that it’s hard work. It would be naive to say that the club is a marriage for life, as opposed to what we hope for in private life. But I will do everything in my power to ensure that the relationship with the Foxes is as long and successful as possible and that you can decide for yourself about your future. I want to repay the trust the club has placed in me.
Do you see your wife this way too?
Before we had kids, we thought about the fact that part of the job of coaching is that you might have to change the center of your life. We go everywhere together, and I can’t do it alone. And – this would not be the life I would like to live.
As a young coach, what can you do better than an older coach?
It’s hard to say. Every coach needs to know what his team needs. Maybe as a young coach you can handle technology a little better. I think it’s good for my team that I’m actually a father. This makes it easier for me to put myself in the shoes of my older players and understand why perhaps a visit to the pediatrician is more important than being on time for training.
You always seem so calm in the bank, can you get angry sometimes?
Yes, of course, if I had to, although my nature is somewhat balanced. Players shouldn’t allow themselves to be guided by negative emotions on the floor, they should maintain their focus, and I have these demands on myself as well.
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Can you give your opinion of the established star on your team?
Certainly, if the situation calls for it. As a coach, you have to act in a way that is authentic to you and what is best for the team. Don’t limit yourself to age or work experience. If criticism is necessary, bring it up, and if there is a difficult tactical decision for you to make, make it your own. This is the only way players can feel that it is a matter of conviction and for the good of all. I have enough personality for that. If I have to criticize one of my buddies, I criticize him as a player, not as a person.
What is the hardest thing about your job?
Getting to know new players as characters is not always easy and takes time, because you only know them as athletes from the video, but first you have to find out the people behind them. The process of getting to know him is very exciting, but it takes some time and requires interconnected experiences.