Cheesman to take over at Rot-Weiss

Rot-Weiss Köln will have a new head coach from the 2024/2025 season with Englishman Darren Cheesman taking on the men’s top job next summer.

The 37-year-old will move following two seasons with Berliner HC having previously worked in both the Hoofdklasse in the Netherlands and the Belgian Honor Division.

He will succeed Pasha Gademan who announced that he wanted to be active again in the Netherlands, closer to his family, in the future. 

Cheesman – who played in the EHL with both East Grinstead and Reading – said of the move: “It is a great honour for me to take responsibility for the best team in Germany. Of course, the goal is to build on Pasha’s successful time. 

“The challenge will be to integrate the many good talents into the Rot-Weiss team, which is made up of experienced top players, in the post-Olympic year.”

Rot-Weiss’s Timo Wess added: “We are very pleased that we were able to win Darren, our ideal candidate. His focus will be on continuing the change that has already begun, rejuvenating the team and building on Pasha’s very successful time. 

“At this point we would like to thank Pasha, who does an outstanding job for us and who we are very reluctant to let go in the summer.”