Guðmundur Guðmundsson is among the five coaches of men’s teams nominated. He coached the Danish men’s national handball team to first place at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The 56-year-old Guðmundur led the team to its first Olympic gold ever.
Dagur Sigurðsson, center.
Also, among the men’s coaches nominated is Dagur Sigurðsson, 43, who in 2015 was elected by the IHF as Coach of the Year. He coached the German men’s national handball team to a surprise first place at the European Handball Federation EURO 2016 and brought the team to the Olympics in Rio, where they earned the bronze medal. His performance brought the German team back as one of the world’s top teams.
Dagur has now taken over as coach for the Japanese men’s national handball team. Guðmundur’s contract with the Danish team is good through July 1, but it’s not clear what where he will go after that.
Other coaches of men’s teams nominated are Christian Berge, coach of the Norwegian men’s team, Didier Dinart, coach of the French men’s team, and Veselin Vujovic, coach of the Slovenian men’s team.
On the list of five coaches of women’s teams is Þórir Hergeirsson, four-time winner of Coach of the Year by the IHF (2011, 2012, 2014, and 2015). He is the coach of the Norwegian women’s national handball team. He defended the world championship title in 2015 and then took his team to Rio last year, where they claimed the bronze. At the Women’s EHF EURO 2016, the 52-year-old coached his team to a European Championship title.
Other coaches of women’s teams nominated are Olivier Krumbholz, coach of the French women’s team, Evgeniy Trefilov, coach of the Russian women’s team, Kim Rasmussen, coach of the CSM București team from Romania, and Henk Groener, coach of the Dutch women’s team.