USA Team Handball Board of Directors General Membership Election

Feb. 27, 2019, 5:04 p.m. (ET)

Voting is now underway for two “General Membership” Board of Director seats.  These two seats are currently held by Jennie Choi and Attila Agoston and they are not seeking re-election.  The candidates are:

- Arnaud Girsch  <Link>
- Chris Brase  <Link>
- Dan Kimmich  <Link>
- Elaine Reiche  <Link>
- Julian Orr  <Link>
- Lewis Howes  <Link>
- Mark Telthorster  <Link>
- Max Littman  <Link>
- Michael Gordon  <Link>
- Michael Hinson  <Link>
- Patrick Jalabert  <Link>

Voters are encouraged to review each candidates submitted information (see links) prior to making their selections.

The vote is being conducted online via the secure, Election Buddy platform.  All current members of USA Team Handball should have received an email notice on the evening of 26 February, 2019 from Election Buddy with an individual, unique access key and a website link to conduct their vote.  The email sender is identified as “ElectionBuddy Elections” and voters should check their updates or spam folder if they have not received the notice in their primary inbox.  Registered USA Team Handball Members who have not received a ballot should check their membership status with Chris Morgan, USA Team Handball Membership Director.  His email is ccm@usateamhandball.org. (Note: individuals should be current members.)

Each voter is allowed to vote for two candidates and voting will end at 11:45 PM (Central Time) on Sunday, 10 March.  The two candidates receiving the most votes will formally join the Board of Directors after the completion of USA Team Handball’s mandatory Safe Sport Training and a clean Background Check. Their terms will end on 31 Dec 2022.

 

I was born in a handball family, my mother being a player at national level in Europe and my father being also a player as well as a coach and international referee later on. I have been exposed to the sport very early and started playing myself at very young age in Europe. My studies took a more important role in my life which put handball on hold.

I picked it up again when I moved to California, first as a player with San Francisco CalHeat and then also as coach for SF CalHeat women’s and men’s teams. I have been participating to the US Open Nationals as a player or coach since 2001, bringing few medals back home as the women’s coach.

In 2011, I also joined the board of SF CalHeat as we took the club to the next level to become a not for profit organization, and served as its treasurer until 2018. That year, I decided to take a new challenge focusing on developing handball at the youth level. I have joined the management and coaching team of the Lycee Francais de San Francisco youth program where we are developing teams in U18 and U16 age groups, participating in the SF Bay Area youth league.

In 2015, I joined the USATH Competition Committee and have been serving since then, working on revising competition guidelines and ensuring that events across the country are being supported, helping clubs adding new tournaments to the calendar.

Since 2017, I’ve had the opportunity to join the organization team of the US Open Nationals, which I helped with setup and execution of the event.

Team Handball is under represented in our country but has huge growth potential. We have been struggling for years to increase awareness of the sport and develop clubs. Many good ideas have been presented by USATH the past few years, some of them being executed, but a lot of opportunities still remain to improve the exposure of the sport. I am passionate about team handball and want to do everything I can to grow the sport.

The USATH Strategic Plan spells out many actions to be taken, but I believe that we need to expand even more in particular in youth development. A couple of areas in our country, such as Chicago or San Francisco, are having some success with good growth at High School age level, along with a few initiatives in Boston or Miami, and we need to continue and expand to more regions. This will naturally help expand to older age groups and in Colleges. I believe that USATH and local clubs need to work together as neither will succeed fully on their own.

More areas of focus should be on developing coaching skills at the local club or school levels, which will allow more talents to surface and increase interest to the sport, as well as increasing the quality level of officials and referees, who are paramount to ensuring that events are problem free and safe for the players.

I am looking forward to the opportunity to join the USATH organization, share my experience and ideas, and help grow the sport we love in our country.

Dear USATH Members,

I am running for the USATH Board of Directors for one simple reason, to lend my hand in moving handball forward in this country.

I have played handball in the USA for over 10 years and have played briefly abroad in the lower levels of Germany. I have seen handball progress during this time, but there is a lot more that can be done.

I have read the USATH’s strategic plan for progress and think I am uniquely suited to aid in its implementation.

Professionally, I have worked my entire career in the sports media industry. This includes working for clubs in the NBA and NHL, as well as significant time working in the league office for both MLB and Major League Soccer. I got my start working in college basketball and have even lended my services to get Kronum; a handball/soccer hybrid sport invented in Philadelphia; international attention. I am experienced in getting sports noticed, even in the crowded sports landscape in the USA and aim to get handball the notice it deserves.

On the handball side, I have competed for 5 clubs in the USA of every description. I have helped start a club from scratch in Philadelphia, now compete for the New York City Team Handball Club, and have seen everything in between. My participation in handball has also included coaching, mentoring and I have begun working to help grow the collegiate game in the New York City area.

The backbone of everything the USATH does should revolve around the club system and the growing collegiate system. At a grassroots level, it is not easy to keep these systems going and it should be a focus of the national governing body to make sure every club is able to thrive. A strong club system and a stable handball infrastructure will beget a strong national team system.

For that reason, cultivating a strong club system will be my focus if elected and I hope I can say the same for the rest of the USATH.

Thank you for taking the time to read what I have to say and I hope I will be able to represent you all well.

Sincerely,

Chris Brase

Major Daniel A. Kimmich is the Program Manager, National Space Defense Center (NSDC) Capabilities Integration Office (NCIO), at Peterson AFB in Colorado Springs, CO.  A native of San Diego, CA, Dan graduated from the Bishop’s High School in 2003 where he received accolades that include winning the Level 6 National Spanish Exam and selection as a water polo All American.  He then attended the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) where he attained the rank of Cadet Colonel, the highest cadet rank, while also leading the water polo team as captain, securing a national ranking of 16.  In his Air Force career, Dan has deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and led multiple space acquisition programs.  Additionally, he was part of the World Class Athlete Program (WCAP) with USA Team Handball and a member of the 2007 Pan American Team.  He is married to Katherine, formerly of San Diego, CA, and together they have two children, Carter (7) and Colette (2).  Katie played five seasons with USA Volleyball.

Recently, Dan completed his Master of Business Administration from the University of California, Los Angeles, with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship.  For the past 5 years, Dan served as a volunteer board member, Treasurer and coach for South Bay United Water Polo Club, located in Los Angeles, CA.  Prior to that, he assisted with several USATH Men’s National Team selection committees as well as the initial planning committee for USA Beach Handball.  He is now assisting with USAFA Team Handball on a part-time basis.  Dan is eager to rejoin USATH as a member of their board of directors.

 

To the General Membership:

I am writing today to introduce myself as a candidate for the Board of Directors with USA Team Handball (USATH). My first experiences with handball originated in 2016 after accepting a graduate assistant position to work with the Auburn University Men’s and Women’s residency teams and the senior, junior, and youth national teams. Prior to my graduate assistantship, I wasn’t familiar with that handball was, nor did I think I could meet so many people who are genuinely invested in the future of a sport most Americans don’t know about.

I finished my B.S. in Athletic Training May 2016 from Texas State University and quickly accepted the world’s best graduate assistant position with USATH and Auburn University, where I completed my M.S. in Exercise Physiology in May 2018. I was introduced to many coaches, staff, and athletes who consistently sacrificed personal time, finances, and work-balance in order to grow the sport not only within their geographical area but worldwide. It’s easy to be a bandwagon supporter, especially with both teams qualifying for Pan American games, but I don’t want to just continue to watch on the sidelines or from afar. I want to join the USATH Board of Directors to make consistent contributions to growing resources for the current and future athletes and develop, promote, educate and grow the sport of Team Handball at all levels in the United States.

I hope to continue to work beside those growing the sport and grassroots endeavors as a general membership board member. My experiences as a young professional, community outreach athletic trainer with Upstream Rehabilitation (Benchmark Physical Therapy), and as a graduate student have all culminated into a foundation that is diverse and resilient. The growth of handball, our athletes, and general membership lies in the hands of hard workers and the established leadership as teams continue to vie for a spot in the World Championships and Olympics and increasing collegiate participation.

As a member of the board, I hope to contribute to the strategic plan laid out by the current Board of Directors to increase professional promotion, specifically within the sports medicine realm as an employee of an outpatient rehabilitation company along with other professional organizations, increase resources for current and future athletes while they compete and develop skills necessary to taking teams into Pan American and World competition, and to collaborate with other members of the board to move Team Handball alongside sports like soccer and rugby, which were also previously “unknown” and underappreciated sports. My goal is to provide steadfast support, fresh ideas, and clear direction in an effort to aid in placing USATH on the world stage.

Regards,

Elaine Reiche, MS, LAT, ATC

TO: USATH Board of Directors and Committee

My Name is Lewis Howes, and I am an active player with USA Men’s National Team submitting for a general membership position.

Here’s my bio: LEWIS HOWES is a New York Times Bestselling author of the hit
book, The School of Greatness and his newest book, The Mask of Masculinity. He is a lifestyle entrepreneur, high performance business coach and keynote speaker. A former professional football player and two-sport All-American, he is a current USA Men’s National Handball Team athlete. He hosts a top 100 iTunes ranked Apple podcast, The School of Greatness, which has over 85 million downloads and over 700 episodes since it launched in 2013. Lewis was recognized by The White House and President Obama as one of the top 100 entrepreneurs in the country under 30. Details Magazine called him one of “5 Internet Gurus That can Make You Rich.” Lewis is a contributing writer for Entrepreneur and has been featured on Ellen, Good Morning America, The Today Show, The New York Times, People, Forbes, Inc, Fast Company, ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Men’s Health, and other major media outlets.

I’ve played professional sports at the highest level, so I know what it takes to win, and I know what it takes for a team to thrive at the highest level. I run a multi million dollar and run a world recognized brand called The School of Greatness. We interview some of the worlds biggest celebrities, world class athletes, billionaires and business leaders, music icons and influencers and give people the tools to improve their life.

I have over 5 million followers all on my social media platforms with an ability to spread a message and create influence on a topic, and I’ve raised millions of dollars and built multiple schools for charities and sit on the board to help raise money for Pencils of Promise (brought in over 2.5 million dollars in donations to them from my network for helping kids).

I believe with my experience as an athlete, my experience as a business owner, my social media influence, and relationships would add value to being a board member for USATH and would love the opportunity to serve.

Mike Cavanaugh,

I am writing to advise you of my intent to run for one of the Board of Director positions elected by the general membership.

I believe that I have the background to be a strong board member. As you know I became involved in handball years ago. I sometimes have trouble realizing that it has been since 1979! I was lucky enough to be chosen for three National Sports Festival teams [1982, 83, & 85] and an alternate in 1986. I took my first coaching course in 1982 and began referring in 1983.

In 1986 I was the local organizer of the National Championships held at the Ohio State University. I was a Physical Education major at OSU at the time, coaching the OSU THC, and playing on an all star type team in the Elite division.

I moved from Ohio to Texas in the summer of 1986, and I did take a break for several years to raise my 4 young children [2 born before 1986, 2 born shortly after] and start a career. I ended up in law enforcement instead of teaching/coaching, but I found my coaching outlet by coaching my children. I stayed in touch with handball as much as I could, I attended the Sports Festival held in San Antonio with my 2 older kids and got to see many old friends. I also followed handball during the Olympics and the Goodwill games. I attended the 1996 Atlanta Olympics with all 4 of my children and with the help of my friend [and to date the best American player I have coached] Bryant Johnson, we all attended the Kuwait game which the USA won.

I have played, coached, and refereed 6 sports handball being my favorite in each category. I became involved directly in handball again in 2003 when [through the internet!] I contacted a team playing and practicing in Houston Texas. I played, coached, and refereed in Houston through 2009, and then when Patric Coggin was in College Station and got a club restarted at Texas A&M I sometimes made the 70 mile round trip to assist him. In the spring of 2010 Patric told me he was being deployed to Kuwait, and asked if I could coach the team in that year’s College Nationals. I did so, and have coached there ever since. My son, Paul, played for A&M, and is now helping me coach and referee.

I am still in Law Enforcement as a Deputy for the Grimes County [Texas] Sheriff’s Office. I still have a passion for the sport of team Handball that has not waned after all these years. Despite all the years many good people have tried [and are still trying] to advance the sport in the U.S., I still believe this is a sport made for Americans to play, and that we will be the future of this sport!

Sincerely,

Mark A. Telthorster

Max Littman is a passionate and dedicated team handball player and team operator from Columbus, Ohio. Littman founded and operates the Columbus Armada Team Handball Club as well as plays on the Ohio State Team Handball Club. 

Littman has a number of ideas to move our sports forward and specifically to work to grow the youth initiatives. Working on a team trying to bring Team Handball to Central Ohio High School's Littman has worked extensively on learning about High School sports and figuring out ways to market the game. He wants to work on making this a nationwide initiative to transition handball from a gym class game to a real competitive sport, raising USATH membership and handball players countrywide. More ideas include working on developing a competitive collegiate league, and gaining more national attention through targeted marketing. 

Littman's professional experience is in the policy realm where he served for over 2 year's as an Aide at the Ohio House of Representatives. There he worked extensively with the Ohio High School Athletic Association on different matters and gained a very good understanding of youth sports and development. He also has worked in lobbying roles at a non-profit and a major airline, gaining valuable experience to bring to the table. Littman is a dedicated worker and will do everything he can to elevate the game of Team Handball in America and take the next steps to build it up. 

USA Team Handball has the potential to be the BEST in the world. For too long we have been repeating
the same mistakes over and over. I have been successful at every level. I started playing handball

in college at Georgia Tech where I became vice president. I moved to Los Angeles and became president of the Los Angeles Team Handball Club leading to two National Championship and two
silver medals. I played 2 years with the USA
National Team. I recently started and coached the Men’s team for USA Beach Handball qualifying for
2 World Championships and winning the Gold
Medal at the Pan American Championships.
Chairman of the largest and most transparent search to hire Robert Hedin as Men’s National Team Coach.

  • CLUBS deserve a professional league

  • COLLEGES deserve national championships

  • NATIONAL TEAMS deserve a real opportunity to win NOW

Patrick JALABERT is a mechanical design engineer with a Master of Science degree in civil and structural engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology (Chicago, IL) and a Master’s degree in mechanical engineering from ENSTA Bretagne (France). He has been working as a product design engineer for Poclain Hydraulics for over six years. In that role, he has successfully managed innovative hydraulic motor design projects for industry leaders such as John Deere, Caterpillar or Bobcat.

Patrick has also spent the past seven years in a leadership role within Chicago Inter Handball, one of the country’s most prominent handball organizations. He has contributed his more than 20 years of passion for the sport of handball and his advanced organizational skills to support the continuing development of handball in the Chicago-land area and the Midwest. Most recently, he has driven the development of a Midwest Team Handball League, despite the difficulty in rallying and securing commitment from other organizations within the region.

Patrick was appointed to the USA Team Handball Competition Committee in 2014 and took on the chairmanship of the committee in 2017. In that capacity, he has undertaken the ambitious project of continuously updating the USA Team Handball rulebook to reflect the ever-changing landscape of team handball in the United States. In his role as chairperson, he is also regularly consulted on matters from event sanctioning and coordination, to Safe Sport training and deployment.

In addition, Patrick has supported the implementation of a new membership and event management platform and is contributing to the effort to improve the federations tools in that area.

In the coming months, Patrick will continue to push for the growth of the sport within the Chicago- land area and the Midwest, including driving for more youth and college involvement, in order to contribute to the national effort to build a competitive Team USA for the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic Games.