Taip Ramadani named new national men’s team head coach

Taip Ramadani wearing a light blue shirt while holding a green card in his hand

Handball Australia has appointed Taip Ramadani as head coach of the Australian national men’s team. Ramadani’s first challenge will be to lead the team into the 2022 Asian Men’s Championship, being held in Saudi Arabia, in January.

This will be Ramadani’s second spell with the national team, after previously heading the program from 2009 to 2013, a period which included two IHF Handball World Championship campaigns: Sweden 2011 and Spain 2013.

‘I am honoured and pleased to have the opportunity to lead the national team into the next stage. I have been part of this team since 1993, as a player and then coach, and I have always had the team in my heart. I am convinced we can build a world-class team and qualify for the World Championship again,” said Ramadani.

For the last five years, Ramadani was the head coach of Kosovo men’s national team, taking them from the group of emerging nations and promoting them into the second phase of the European Championship competition.

As a player, Ramadani represented Australia from 1993 to 2009, and his club career took him from Australia to top-level competition in Hungary, Norway, and Qatar before returning to Australia to start his coaching career.

Ramadani will be assisted by Eoin Murray, who will also lead the national junior program. Murray relocated to Australia from New Zealand, where he coached the national women’s program. His coaching experience also includes the Singaporean men’s and women’s teams.

Murray has balanced coaching and playing, representing Ireland from 2001-2011 and various clubs in Ireland, Germany, Australia, Singapore, and New Zealand. 

Photo credit: Shpend Ahmeti

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