Assistant coach or Kotrainer (commonly used is the spelling assistant coach, but which does not comply with the rules of spelling according to Duden, English Assistant Coach, French Adjoint de l' entraineur ) is the second coach of a sports team. The Kotrainer assists the responsible head coach at his work. Often the assistant coach is still an inexperienced and young coach, to be incorporated into the role of the first team. Frequently it comes to failure in that a coach will leave suddenly and the assistant coach, the responsibility must (usually only transiently ) accept, in part, for a long time or as interim coach until a successor to the dismissed coach is found.
Assistant coach in football
The German national football team, it was customary that the Kotrainer the Trainer " inherited " said Sepp Herberger, Helmut Schön, Jupp, outfitted and Berti Vogts were Kotrainer its predecessor and a change was often extended period of time fixed in advance. Also, the current national coach Joachim Loew was officially Kotrainer as its predecessor, but took place during his term of office essential parts of the training and tactics of the training.
Successful former Kotrainer at club level were as Pál Csernai ( took over at Bayern Munich as coach of Gyula Lóránt and was immediately twice champion), Christoph Daum ( 1 FC Köln ), Stefan Krämer ( Arminia Bielefeld ), Thomas Schaaf (Werder Bremen) or Mirko Slomka (Hannover 96), previously Kotrainer by Ralf Rangnick.
Assistant coach in handball
In some clubs in handball Kotrainer trained often still a youth team or the second team of the corresponding association in order to provide young talent for the first team over there. An example of this is Jochen Fraatz, Kotrainer the Handball Bundesliga team of the HSG Nordhorn -Lingen and coach of the youth team of the HSG.
Also, the men's coach of the German national handball team, Martin Heuberger trained, before the junior national team of men and was assistant to his predecessor Heiner Brand, who ( under Simon Schobel ) was formerly himself Kotrainer the national team.
Assistant coach in American football
In American football, there are a number of assistant coaches. Virtually every player position has its own assistant coach. For example, to train the players on the defensive line from the defensive line coach. The coach of the defense, offense or special teams are led by a coordinator in each case, who is the contact person for the team in general and during the game usually announces the moves.
Among the assistant head coach include fitness trainers and coaches who are focused on individual parts of the team. This specialization of assistant coaches has proved particularly successful in the U.S. sports. One in Europe has long been customary specialization of assistant coaches is the goalkeeper coach for football, handball and hockey.