Lto day that closed the regular phase of the league of Women’s Handball Silver Division of Honor It was the last of one of the longest uninterrupted careers of a national-class coach. Pedro Moreno says goodbye as Getasur Handball coach. He leaves behind more than four decades managing the same team, under various identities, but always faithful to his players. What is now known as ‘one man club’. She was never in front of a male one. Moreno steps aside, at 65 years old, but will continue to train handball players.
This former player, who coincided at the Legans Municipal Gymnasium with Manolo Cadenas and Rafael López León, In 1980 he received a proposal to take Alcorcón to the women’s team that he trained at the Colegio Amors in Madrid. That step was the beginning of a long career, first with the Alcorcn Handball Club, with which he was promoted to First National in 1984; later with the Getafe Sports Association, when the sports councilor of that town offered him more institutional support if he transferred the team and merged it with the youth women’s team of the municipality. It was in 1986, and two years later they achieved promotion to the Division of Honor. I was on that team one of the best Spanish players in history, Montse Puche. They were all from the quarry.
They stayed five seasons in the top category, until a sponsor failed and they had to resign. They changed their company name and in 1993 a new club was founded, the Getasur Handballwho made a fleeting return to the Division of Honor in 2000. Since then they have oscillated between the Silver Division and the First National, “rebuilding and enduring, depending on the generations that came”, summarizes their coach.
I have been closely linked to my players, and always looking for the quarry, what we have at home
Y with him at the head, also performing managerial functions, “Always combining it with a base team. There was a season when he had three at the same time,” he points out as a sign of his commitment. He received offers from other clubs in the Division of Honor, “but handball wasn’t enough to leave my job. I was very attached to my players,” he recalls, “and always looking out for the quarry, what we have at home.”
Since I left behind that first stage of training as a player-coach in the seventies, he has not coached boys. “I like women’s handball more. I am a lover of tactics and systematic work. Men’s handball is more physical. When women’s European or World Cups are played, I learn from group work. I like it more because of its tactical richness,” defends a Technician who began to train soaking up all the manuals, books that fell into his hands and notes taken in clinics. “And learning a lot from the rivals. Win or lose, I like to talk with them after the games. And from all the players,” he adds.
The passion, which he assures remains as alive as the first day he sat on a bench, has spread to those who have passed through Getasur. His wife, Lola del Barco, a player in her youth, is the current president -and vice-president of the Madrid Federation- and trains one of the base teams, like her son. “Here we value the work of women in sports, in delicate moments such as when they are mothers and reconcile family, work and sports life. I have always wanted to bet on that,” Moreno defends. “If I have trained mothers and their daughters!”.
Here we value the work of women in sports, in delicate moments such as when they are mothers and reconcile family, work and sports life
And the best example are the two women who He will be replaced at the head of the women’s senior team, Rebeca Castilla and Nuria García, until a few days ago “total dedication players”, defined them, both mothers of two children each, who They have been training some of the 13 handball teams and 16 beach-handball teams that the club houses for several years now. “They are fans of beach handball. That is a lot here,” he adds.
Pedro Moreno has been delaying until he reaches retirement age the transfer of the witness that he has carried for four decades, “to have a soft landing,” he explains. “A few years ago I thought of stepping aside, but I didn’t for fear that someone from outside wouldn’t follow the club’s philosophy,” reasons a coach who, sporting vicissitudes aside, assures that the days he had the worst time They were Thursdays and Fridays of each week, “when I have to decide which players I’m not going to call. I always look for the best for the team, but seeing the faces of the girls who kill themselves training and who don’t play or do it very It didn’t hurt much, because before being a coach you have to be a person, and there is a tie with the girls who don’t play at all times”.
Before being a coach you have to be a person, and there is a tie with the girls who do not play at all times
His last match with Getasur was played in Granada, having saved the category, front bottom of their group, which they won 25-27. But keeps with better memory the penultimate, in front of the leader of his group, Pozuelo de Calatrava, despite falling widely defeated (16-31). “I experienced it with great emotion, at home, with my audience,” recalls Moreno, who will continue as sports coordinator and technical director of the Madrid club. “And base coach,” he adds. “I stay for anything at any time but not with the idea of returning. I don’t see myself as ‘queen’ anymore,” says the coach who has kept loyalty to his team for four decades.
A promoter of beach handball
Runner-up in the world with the women’s team and in Europe with his club
Another identity of Pedro Moreno, which he has instilled in his club, is the modality of beach handball, of which he was the women’s national team coach. In 2008 they were runner-up in the world, and with his club, they won the European Cup in 2014. He is currently responsible for beach handball at the Madrid Federation. “A turning point in the club was in 1996, when we discovered beach handball, in a tournament played at the Complutense University,” he says. “As a coach, it comes at a cost, because as soon as the season is over on the track you start training in the sand, until the end of August, and you start again with only a week or two of vacation and the mental, strategic, and physical change that it entails. But we take it as seriously as the track,” he guarantees.