Podcast (Episode 32): UVA Handball

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University of Virginia Handball
Front row: Lincoln Ambrose (Fr), Scott Anderson (Sr), Christian Vila (Sr), Kai Milner (Soph), Merrick Furman (Jr), Caleb Capriglione (Fr)
Back row: Marcelo Sleiman Jr. (Fr), John Kretzschmar (Sr), Nicholas Mikalauskas (Sr), Troy Brunson (Jr), Michael Monsen (Sr), Steven Hume (Sr), Taylor Downey (Sr), Ben Kilpatrick (Fr), Austin Madrzyk (Sr)

UVA left wing and club president, Christian Vila, joins me on the podcast for a discussion on Virginia handball.  Topics include:

  • The start of the UVA program in 2014
  • Their climb up the ladder to second place at College Nationals this past April
  • How playing in the Northeast Team Handball League helped their development
  • The challenges of running a program without a coach
  • What a “Final Four” Collegiate Handball Championship might look like
  • The unique team chemistry led by a group of seniors who started together in 2014
  • The challenge of keeping the program going strong after they depart

UVA’s squad minus its departing seniors. Can this promising team avoid folding like many other college programs in the past?

Previous commentaries on Collegiate handball:

  • Charting a way forward for USA Team Handball (Option 4): Upgrade and expand collegiate team handball- Background: Link
  • Charting a way forward for USA Team Handball (Option 4): Strategies to implement: Link

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