André Henning will formally step back from the Rot-Weiss Köln head coach role after the end of the indoor season as he moves on to coach the men’s national team.
The 38-year-old will be the successor to Kais al Saadi and will be the man to prepare the Honamas for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.
“It wasn’t an easy decision, but it still feels right and good,” says Henning. “The six and a half years as a coach at Rot-Weiss were among the best of my life – regardless of the many titles. We were allowed to develop freely here in tandem with many great people. Friendships for life were made here.”
From February, Pasha Gademan (33) will move from assistant to head coach in Cologne. The Dutchman will be supported by Wolfgang Kluth (65), who has been a member of the Bundesliga club’s supervisory staff for more than 14 years.
Most recently, Henning was in charge of the Canadian men’s team at the Olympic Games in Tokyo (Japan) in the summer. The Rot-Weiss coach is no stranger to the DHB: in 2013, he led the U-21 players to the World Cup title as head coach and, in 2016, he acted as assistant coach when the women’s national team won the bronze medal.
In the latter function, Henning also helped the men’s selection in autumn 2019 to qualify for the Olympics.
At club level, he was coach when Rot-Weiss won the 2017 EHL title and also the bronze in 2019 while they are the reigning German outdoor champions.