Kriechbaum to succeed Mandl in Austria
Jürgen Kriechbaum is the chosen successor for Herbert Mandl as the new head coach of the Austrian ladies. Kriechbaum, who was the group coach of the Austrian speed ladies until the 2010/11 season, was presented at Hochzeiger/Pitztal on Thursday by Hans Pum, the sport director of OeSV.
The contract with Kriechbaum is initially for two years. The 46-year-old native of Tyrol has already worked for the OeSV for 20 years. He led the men's World Cup group III from 2003 until 2009 and then moved to the ladies' side, where he could celebrate, among other things, the Olympic gold with Andrea Fischbacher (Super-G 2010) and the world championship titles with Elisabeth Görgl (DH & SG 2011) and Anna Fenninger (SC 2011). After the GAP 2011 Championships Kriechbaum moved to work at the Ski Gymnasium in Stams.
Said Hans Pum: "I have held various discussions with the Austrian coaches in the last weeks and my final choice was Jürgen Kriechbaum. I know Jürgen for more than 20 years, and that's how I know how he works. He is a very experienced and successfol coach, who has held many roles in the Austrian Ski Federation. One of his strengths is the way how he approaches difficult situations along with his organizational skills."
The newly chosen head coach Jürgen Kriechbaum commented: " The position of head coach is a very exciting opportunity even if it was not a goal of mine to have this position. In discussions with Hans Pum and Herbert Mandl I began to see interesting possibilities which is why I am happy about this decision. I am very much looking forward to my work with the ladies and their coaches."
Herbert Mandl noted: "I am happy that the new man in this position will be Jürgen Kriechbaum. He is a long-time colleague. I look back to my 28-year coaching career with some melancholy. It was a great time during which I felt a lot of joy on the job and the performances of the athletes. In retrospective it is important for me that I was able to complete my tasks througout these years with great fun and pleasure."
Mandl is stepping down from the ladies' head coach position he has held for 11 years to lead the ski academy in St Christoph, near St Anton, which is also managed by the OeSV.