He had already hinted at it before the season, now it’s official: after nine years at the saale, it’s over! Tado karlovic, who with hammelburg’s men’s team achieved an unprecedented march from the district league to the 2. Karlovic, who made it to the bundesliga, wants to give up competitive volleyball for a few years and spend more time with his family in the future. "At some point it is time for a new focus. After nine unbelievably great years in hammelburg, I want to spend more time with my family in the future, says the father of three children, for whom saying goodbye at the end of the season is by no means easy: "my feelings are ambivalent. To the joy about the newly won freedom naturally also mingles sadness, because the boys were already something like a second family." The 44-year-old croatian led the 1. Men’s team promoted to 2nd division. The first bundesliga not only became the biggest success in the club’s history, it also brought a volleyball euphoria that now brings the hammelburg volleys 600 enthusiastic spectators to every home game. Karlovic has a son and two daughters: "they all play volleyball in waldbuttelbrunn, where I have also been a coach for years. I want my children to benefit from their father, so I’m going to concentrate on my training activities there." Karlovic is now looking forward to the second half of the season and has set himself one goal above all: "until the end of april, i will enjoy every training session and every game, regardless of the final outcome. "
Whether there will ever be a return to the old place of action? Karlovic does not rule that out: "of course, i will always remain connected to hammelburg. And if at some point my expertise is needed again, i will of course think about it, but for now i will do other things. And what it’s like to live without bundesliga volleyball, I’ll be able to practice in the summer." The leadership of the TV/DJK hammelburg is not yet able to name a successor. "We thank tado for nine great and successful years. In coordination with the main club and the team council, we will present a new coach as soon as possible before the end of the season, who will continue the successful path with us", betrayal head of department matthias benner.