Handball Coach Runs On Court To Stop Opponent

November 3, 2009 – 1:20 pm by Ryan Phillips


I’m not up to date with the most recent rule changes in women’s Handball, but I’m pretty sure coaches aren’t allowed to run on the court to stop opposing players from scoring. Again, I’m not 100 percent sure that’s not allowed but I’m gonna go out on a limb to say it’s not legal.

Well, during a game last week Gunnar Prokop (pictured above), the coach of Hypo Niederoesterreich did just that. With four seconds left in a Champions League match, Prokop ran onto the floor to stop a breakaway by the opposing team, Metz. Because of his actions, the game ended tied 27-27.

I think I speak for everyone when I say, “handball has a Champions League?”

Prokop – whose name sounds more like that of a Bond villain than the coach of an Austrian handball team – has since resigned and couldn’t explain his actions.

He claims he’ll definitely be discussing his actions with a psychiatrist since he “still can’t understand” why he did what he did. Uh, Gunnar? I don’t know you, but I’m pretty sure I can tell you why you did it. You didn’t want to lose. And you’re way too into women’s handball. While we recently found out that handball can be sexy, we still don’t think we could ever get that invested in it.

After watching the video (which is after the jump) it’s actually pretty funny. It’s basically a 69-year-old dude body-checking a young woman. Then laughing about it with the rest of the bench and his staff. There’s almost no outrage from anyone in the arena.

Handball’s European governing body has opened disciplinary proceedings against Prokop, and a ruling is expected before Hypo Niederoesterreich’s next match on Sunday.

I think I speak for everyone when I say, “handball has a European governing body?”

Video of Prokop’s fantastic coaching job, after the jump.

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  1. 4 Responses to “Handball Coach Runs On Court To Stop Opponent”

  2. it didnt even seem like she was in an imminent scoring position.

    By Dave on Nov 3, 2009

  3. This is not a new coaching tactic. My grandpa once told me of going to a Bears game at Wrigley Field where they were playing the Rams or Giants and someone picked off a pass and was running down the sidelines for a touchdown. That is, until George Halas stuck his foot out and tripped the guy. The Bears took the 15-yard penalty and the defense held them out of the end zone. Or so the story goes.

    By Hick Flick on Nov 3, 2009

  4. Damn, was looking forward to seeing that. They stole your video! Those bastards.

    By JerodMSF on Nov 4, 2009

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