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    Interview with Richard Prause, Werner Schlager Academy Head Coach

    Here for your reading, an interview with Richard Prause. See the original content at http://www.matthetherington.blogspot.com

    Prause Fueling the European Dream

    Having previously had good feedback on my interview with Swedish National Coach Peter Karlsson, I decided to seek another interview with a world class Table Tennis Coach. Richard Prause was incredibly successful in the position of German National Coach and now continues to inspire and coach players in Europe at the Werner Schlager Academy where he is Head Coach, thanks for the interview Richard, hope everyone enjoys!

    Full Name: Richard Prause
    Age: 43 years
    Date Of Birth: 09.03.1968
    Nationality: German
    Highest World Ranking: 58 (1995)
    Highest Coaching Status:
    German National Mens Team Coach
    Werner Schlager Academy Head Coach


    Richard Prause
    Former German National Mens Team Coach and Current Head Coach at the WSA
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    Your Career

    How long have you involved in table tennis as a player and coach, when did you start each of those roles?
    I had been working from 1999 till 2010 for the DTTB in different trainer and coaching jobs. From 2004 I was responsible for the German National Mens Team. Since 2010 I am head coach of the WSA (Werner Schlager Table Tennis Academy,founded by Werner Schlager and situated in Schwechat close to Vienna, Austria.
    What has been the highlight of your table tennis career so far perhaps 2 seperate ones, as a player and as a coach?
    Career Highlight as a player: 3rd place team 1993 in Gothenburg World Championships
    As a coach: silver in mens team event 2008 in Bejing Olympics

    What do you think of the state of table tennis worldwide as a sport? What is it lacking which it requires to become better?
    Table tennis is in some nations a sleeping beauty, eg in germany there are more than 700000 players but in tv our sport is not often shown. Maybe now through modern media like internet the popularity will grow and of course also because of the performances of Timo who leads a german team that might be able to compete with the Chinese.
    In many Asian nations table tennis is quite popular and shown very often on TV. Unfortunately in Europe many nations concentrate more on sports like football or just do not have the right structure for a sport like table tennis. The ITTF is trying to help a lot with increasing the ittf hot spot centers and hopefully this will help to create more successful players that will lead the way for more popularity in their nations. To my point of view we changed already quite some rules and table tennis as it is played right now is an attractive sport. We just have to make high effort to create a system where the players are able to work hard every day in order to compete with the best nations like China or in Europe; Germany and France.

    As the German National coach what were your proudest moments?
    2007 Germany won the first time ever the European Team Championships
    2008 Silver in Bejing Olympic Team Event
    2010 getting closer to the chinese in the WTTC team in Moscow where we had a close final against China



    Germany Victorious at the 2009 European Championships in Stuttgart
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    What were your goals for the German team and how did you work towards them?
    As a German national team coach I tried to work a lot individually and find ways to communicate a lot with all my players. We tried to give all the players the feeling that they have a most important role inside our team and that they have to compete with each other, but at the same time be ready to work for and help the team. We had a very good team spirit although everybody tried to improve more than the other. We tried to always keep the belief to be able to improve every day and were always ready to compete with the Chinese in order to learn from them and to be ready to beat them.
    What does Europe need to do in order to work towards beating Chinese players?
    The Europeans have to work better together, maybe also to have camps more regularly together in order to raise the intensity of practice. The best 25 Chinese players are always practicing together. In Europe there are, with exception of Germany, mostly one or two good players in one nation. So we have to start putting these players together more often as it is done for preparation for the Olympics. Also the Europeans should have a look at the competition schedule that disable many players to practice regularly.

    How has coaching at the Werner Schlager Academy been and what is your involvement there? What kinds of players come there to train? I know William Henzell will be training there, are there others like him looking to build up for Olympics also?
    Right now I am working as head coach in the WSA. We are trying to give players from all nations and different levels the possibility to practice in a good structure and surrounding with professional coaches eg Dirk Wagner, Mario Amizic and myself.
    Some players are living and practicing in the WSA like Joao Monteiro, Daniela Dodean, Robert Gardos, the Austrian National team, Bobocica, Burgis, Henzell and apart from them we have always guest like the Croation National team, players from Egypt, Iran, Kuwait, Brazil and many more.

    What are your goals for the next few years?

    Our goal is to help all the players to improve their table tennis skills and make them perform their best table tennis. Would be nice if after 5 or 10 years we see some players that are practicing in the WSA winning medals in the WTTC or in the Olympics.


    Off the Topic Questions

    Who’s your favourite sportsperson of all time?
    Timo Boll



    Timo Boll, Richard's favourite Sportsperson
    Image Courtesy of Denis' Table Tennis World

    Favourite food?
    Chinese Food
    Dream Car?
    Porsche
    Ideal holiday destination?
    Maldives
    First thing you would do if you won $1million?
    2 Weeks holiday then go on practicing

    Your Team Mates

    Who trains the hardest in the training hall?
    everybody has to be ready to practice very hard and above the rim

    And Lastly

    Would you like to add one last tip, or an inspirational message for other table tennis players and coaches looking to succeed?
    Keep on dreaming and it is always worth trying to improve

    Thank you Richard!

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    Great! I really hope and think the WSA can lift the average level of European pro's.

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    This is awesomeness !
    I don't know that he is the head coach of WSA 0.0
    and he likes Chinese food !!
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    He is a guy of a lot knowledge!
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    He is an awesome coach! my coach, Don Olson got the privlege to be hired to Schlager Academy

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    I love the sentence he said:"We live in hope………"
    Sometimes you have to stop thinking too much and just go where Hollister takes you.

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    YOU MADE ME READ AN ENTIRE POST I HAVE READ!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by YosuaYosan
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    Oh well it's worth it.
    lol I'm glad it was worth it for you :P
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    Quote Originally Posted by PingPongPom
    lol I'm glad it was worth it for you :P
    An interview of this quality?
    Don't kid me bro, I love the interviews you have made.

    Every once in a while I do still visit your blog to see any pro interviews
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    Yea i've been pretty quiet lately on that front. Lots of stuff going on in real life to distract me
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    Matt, you just interviewed a living legend. Chuck Norris is jealous. Watch out dude!

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    Cheers for the interview Matt.

    Does anybody know of any top-level coaches that haven't played internationally themselves?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Der_Echte
    Matt, you just interviewed a living legend. Chuck Norris is jealous. Watch out dude!
    haha if Chuck Norris comes to get me i'll just give him an interview and tell him to fill it out

    As far as I know of national coaches most of them have been fairly reputable players the likes of Guoliang, Rosskopf, Prause, Kyu and Soo etc.
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