2018 Coach of the Year Awards

Feb. 06, 2019, 12 p.m. (ET)

USA Team Handball would like to honor and congratulate two hardworking coaches teaching and developing the sport of handball in their geographical areas with the 2018 Coach of the Year awards.

JD Orr – 2018 Volunteer Coach of the Year

Coach Orr has led the Ohio region in development for the last few years. As the founder of The Ohio State University’s club team, he has grown the club to two full rosters with consistent turn out of 35 USATH Active members at each practice three days a week. In 2018, Coach Orr founded the Columbus Armada Handball club, and in their inaugural season have gained 15 USATH members.

Coach Orr has organized exhibition games at Quicken Loans Arena where the Cleveland Cavaliers play, and coordinated exhibition games at the Arnold Sports Festival, the largest multi-sport event in the world for the last three years. The Ohio State University club team is looking to host 2 tournaments each year under JD Orr’s leadership, and future Collegiate Championships. He has coached with the USA Junior and Senior National teams as an assistant coach.

Pauline Marangoni – 2018 Development Coach of the Year

Coach Marangoni has been involved with the Team Handball league in the Bay Area since day one, coaching one of the teams that played the first game ever and has developed a truly inspiring program at the Lycee Francais de San Francisco. She is promoting the sport on the French community of the San Francisco Bay Area and is always there to help with activities and organization.

Coach Marangoni has always advocated for sportsmanship and inclusion. She has always been on the forefront of including female players on the teams and had always advocated for having female players on both of her teams during the season. This has played a key role in setting an example for all the other middle school teams. She is leading by example, showing that dedication and hard work are core values, as she always aims at being a better coach for her players.

Coach Marangoni has helped establish team handball as a major sport played at Lycée Français de San Francisco, and the enrolment of new players for the 2018/19 along with the addition of an assistant coach to her team are a testimony of the momentum generated.

Coach Marangoni took it upon herself to continue coaching both teams year-round and found some opportunities to play some games with local teams, even organizing games against teachers and parents from Lycée Français de San Francisco. She also reached out to the Lycee Francais of Los Angeles to help start a team there and create a network of Team Handball development at all the Lycee Francais schools in the US.