Dennis Berkholtz, USA Team Handball’s director of beach handball, has announced his retirement from the organization to pursue new business ventures.
Berkholtz dedicated five decades to USA Team Handball, beginning with the Army Champs program in 1969. He has spent the past four years building the beach handball program, helping develop both the women’s and men’s beach national teams.
“The beach handball program has shown tremendous progress over the past few years, and I have no doubt that a huge reason behind that is Dennis’ commitment and dedication,” said USA Team Handball chief executive officer Barry Siff.
“He has helped set our beach handball national teams up very well for a path of growth. We are very lucky to have had Dennis’ contributions to USA Team Handball over the last five decades, and I wish him all the success moving forward.”
Both beach handball teams qualified for the next edition of the IHF Beach Handball World Championships in Italy in 2020 after winning gold at the NORCA Men’s and Women’s Beach Championships this July in Trinidad & Tobago. The women also earned 10th at the 2019 ANOC World Beach Games in Doha, Qatar this October, as the men finished 11th.
“We have accomplished much in a short period of time. It’s reasonable to assume that our teams are well-positioned to be a top four to six team in the world in the next few years,” Berkholtz said.
“My handball friendships, the competitions and the accomplishments will forever be etched in my memory bank. From my perspective, handball is headed in the right direction both on the court and in the sand. Patience, understanding and a dedicated effort from the membership will move handball forward, hopefully assuming a position of prominence in future years.”
Berkholtz served as captain of the 1972 U.S. team in Munich, Germany, and coach of the 1976 U.S. team in Montreal, Canada. He also competed in two World Championships – 1970 in Paris, France, and 1974 in Berlin, Germany.
As a leader in handball spanning many years, Berkholtz served as President of USATH from 1996 - 2000 and as an Executive Committee Member of the Pan American Team Handball Federation (PATHF) from 2000 to 2008.
Prior to the 1996 Olympic Summer Games in Atlanta, Dennis chaired the Local Organizing Committee relocating the Men’s and Women’s National Teams to Atlanta. He served as a ticketing, housing and marketing consultant during the Olympic Games Atlanta 1996 and the Winter Olympic Games Salt Lake City 2002 .
About USA Team Handball: USA Team Handball (USATH) is the U.S. National Governing Body for the Olympic discipline of Team Handball, and is responsible for the development of grassroots programs, preparation of national teams for international competition - including the Pan American and Olympic Games - as well as the day-to-day oversight of the sport of team handball in the United States. The mission of USATH is to develop, promote, educate and grow the sport of team handball at all levels domestically, and to enable U.S. athletes to achieve sustained competitive excellence to win medals in international and Olympic competition. USATH is a member of the International Handball Federation, the North American and Caribbean Handball Confederation, and the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee, and is headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
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