Günter Hagedorn - Günter Hagedorn

Günter Hagedorn (born November 3, 1932 in Essen ; † August 7, 2018 in Corfu ) was a German sports scientist, basketball coach, non-fiction author and object artist.


Hagedorn first studied sport at the German Sport University in Cologne . He studied German , pedagogy , philosophy , psychology and sociology at the universities in Cologne and Heidelberg . [1]

The sports teacher and a doctorate in German studies worked as teacher working in higher education services for sports and German. In 1968 he moved to the German Sport University (DSHS) in Cologne as a professor. The basketball coach was appointed to the University of Bremen in 1974 as a sports scientist and subsequently, in 1985, to the Paderborn University. He continued to work as a professor at the University of Paderborn until his retirement in 1998, with the teaching and research focus on learning and movement, games, talent in sport, training science and competition theory. Günter Hagedorn was most recently dean of Faculty 2 at the University of Paderborn. [1]


As a trainer and coach, Günter Hadedorn benefited from the fact that, as a full-time sports scientist at the DSHS in Cologne, he was involved in competitive sports and the developments in international basketball. He was able to incorporate the knowledge gained there into his work. At the end of the 1960s, it was Hagedorn who was the first coach in the German Basketball Federation (DBB) to have the "room-oriented man marking" played - aggressively, exerting pressure on the attacking player who was in charge of the ball, blocking the attack of the four other attackers with a suitable room cover, Always controlling the pass paths and, if necessary, defending over the entire field of play.

TuS 04 Leverkusen

Hagedorn came to TuS 04 Leverkusen from the Bundesliga club ATV Düsseldorf in the 1969/70 season, together with the player Helmut "Flatti" Posern . TuS 04 team manager Engelbert Zimmer, together with team captain Largo Wandel, led the Bayer AG “works team” from the district league to the Bundesliga. After the basketball players of TuS 04 had presented themselves well in the first Bundesliga season 1968/69 , there was no success at the end of the season. In 1969 MTV Giessen and VfL Osnabrück played again, the two finals of the German Basketball Federation for the championship and the cup. In the second Bundesliga season of TuS 04, Bundesliga season 1969/70, the new coach managed the first “double” in German basketball with the “Bayer factory team”. In the following year, after the end of the Bundesliga season 1970/71, the championship title and the DBB Cup could be won again. Also in 1972 the championship could be successfully defended in the final. Hagedorn's record after four seasons: three championship titles, two cup wins and three times participation in the FIBA European Cup competitions of the national champions, whose conceptual co-founder was the DBB national coach Miloslav Kriz in 1957. [2] [3][4] The sports scientist, called "Doc" by his older players, worked in Leverkusen with national players and later Olympic participants (Munich 1972) such as Dietrich "Didi" Keller (previously USC Mainz and then USC Heidelberg ), Dieter Kuprella (previously ASC Gelsenkirchen) , Jochen Pollex (before and after SSV Hagen ) and Norbert Thimm (Eintracht Dortmund, SSV Hagen and Real Madrid), who also came to TuS 04 at the beginning of his activity, together. Subsequent seasons also included high-performance players from TuS 04's own youth, such as the two national players and later Leverkusen basketball legends of the 1970s, Reiner Frontzek and Rudi Kleen, or the high-performance players from abroad, Dan Puscasiu or John Ecker , who trained from Hagedorn "Leverkusener master team". [1] [5]

National team DBB

In addition to his work as a Bundesliga head coach, Günter Hagedorn also worked as an honorary coach for the German Basketball Federation (DBB), in the function of an assistant coach, with the national coaches responsible for the men's area, Yakovos Bilek (until 1968), [6] Miloslav Kriz (1968 to 1971 ) [7] and Theodor "Torry" Schober (1971 and 1972) [8] together. During this time, his main tasks also included training the players in the fifty-headed " 1972 Olympic Squad " in the Cologne and Heidelberg performance centers , which was put together by the DBB's coaching council under the direction of sports manager Anton Kartak . [9] [10]With Miloslav Kriz he prepared the national teams for the European Championships in 1969 [11] [12] and 1971 in Germany [13] [14] . In 1969 the "A-Team" of the DBB in Saloniki could not qualify for the FIBA ​​European Championship. In 1971 the qualification was dropped because the DBB hosted the European Championship in 1971. At both FIBA ​​tournaments, Hagedorn was the assistant to the national coach with overall responsibility “on the line”. [1]

Basketball non-fiction author

Hagedorn published publications on the subject of basketball. He wrote the standard work of German basketball, "Das Basketball-Handbuch", together with sports scientists Dieter Niedlich , a former national basketball player, and Gerhard Schmidt. [1]

Education and training of trainers

Especially after his time at TuS 04 Leverkusen at the end of the 1970s, he was once again active in the basketball league as a trainer and coach for the BC Giants Osnabrück, and was involved in training and further education at DBB. In 1980 he was one of the main founders of the "vdbt" (Association of German Basketball Trainers), of which he was chairman until 1995. [1]

Object artist in Corfu

After his retirement, Hagedorn lived as an artist in Corfu . In his studio he created “monsters and gods”, as he had imagined reading the sagas of Troy and Odysseus. Hagedorn concentrated on two artistic forms, utilitarian objects of the sculptures for spatial design and light art for room lighting. He preferred to work with material, especially stainless steel. In 1991 Hagedorn started building a house on the edge of the bay of Agios Georgios . He was married to the writer and photographer Ronnith Neumann for the second time . Hagedorn exhibited in Corfu and in Germany under the “KIR ART” logo. One of his sculptures is permanently in the "Hans-Joachim-Höfig -Haus ”in Hagen (Westphalia), in the headquarters of the German Basketball Federation. [1] [15] [16] [17]

Hawthorn died on August 6, 2018 in Corfu. [18]


  • with Gero Bisanz and Helmut Duell: The team game. Limpert Publishing House, Frankfurt am Main 1972.
  • with Gerhard Schmidt and Walter Volpert : The quick attack in basketball. Limpert Publishing House, Frankfurt am Main 1972.
  • with Rolf Andresen : On sports game research. Bartels & Wernitz publishing house, Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt am Main 1976, ISBN 3-87039-989-9 .
  • Mini basketball. Bartels & Wernitz publishing house, Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt am Main 1979, ISBN 3-87039-023-9 .
  • Basketball manual. (= Trainer library - volume 10), 4th edition, Bartels & Wernitz, Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt am Main 1980, ISBN 3-87039-998-8 .
  • with Gerhard Schmid and Walter Volpert: Training in team games - models and research results. Bartels & Wernitz publishing house, Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt am Main 1981, ISBN 3-87039-043-3 .
  • Scientific models for the interpretation of sporting practice. Verlag Hofmann, Schorndorf 1990, ISBN 3-7780-8031-8 .
  • with Horst Lichte: basketball technique. Rowohlt, Reinbek near Hamburg 1991, ISBN 3-499-18685-3 .
  • Basketball manual. Theory - method - practice. Official textbook of the German Basketball Association. Rowohlt, Reinbek near Hamburg 1993, ISBN 3-499-17624-6 .
  • with Dieter Niedlich and Gerhard J. Schmidt: Das Basketball-Handbuch - official textbook of the German Basketball Federation. Rowohlt Verlag, Reinbek near Hamburg 1996, ISBN 3-499-19427-9 .
  • Sports games. Training and competition. A training and competition theory for the major team games. Rowohlt, Reinbek near Hamburg 2000, ISBN 3-499-18634-9 .



  • " Basketball " - "Official body of the German Basketball Federation" (born 1966 to 1975) - ISSN 0178-9279

Individual evidence

  1. a b c d e f g Marc Grospitz: What does ... Günter Hagedorn actually do? - From basketball teacher to artist in the Mediterranean climate. (PDF; 2.19 MB) In: DBB-Journal December 12 , 2009, p. 36 f. , accessed February 14, 2015 .
  2. Champions Cup 1970–71 Website Linguasport, Sport History and Statistics, Eurocups. Retrieved December 6, 2010.
  3. ^ Champions Cup 1971–72 Website Linguasport, Sport History and Statistics, Eurocups. Retrieved December 6, 2010.
  4. ^ Champions Cup 1972–73 website Linguasport, Sport History and Statistics, Eurocups. Retrieved December 6, 2010.
  5. Basketball - The anniversary celebration of the old masters . Website Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger, article Miachel Zeihen, April 30, 2010. Retrieved December 6, 2010.
  6. Basketball / national coach - game for panthers . In: Der Spiegel . No. 10, 1968 (online).
  7. Basketball / guest players - ten percent . In: Der Spiegel . No. 44, 1969 (online).
  8. ↑ Stopover in Munich . In: Die Zeit , No. 39/1971.
  9. ^ Letter from Anton Kartak, Vice President of the German Basketball Federation and Chairman of the National Coaching Council, on October 10, 1968, to the fifty basketball players nominated for the "1972 Olympic Squad".
  10. West Germany Basketball at the 1972 München Summer Games Website Sports Reference LLC, Olympics Statistics and History, Biography and Olympic Results. Abgerufen 6. Dezember 2010.
  11. European Basketball Championship 1969, Naples qualifying tournament in Thessaloniki, May 9th to 25th. Linguasport website - Sport History and Statistics. Retrieved December 6, 2010 ( Please note the “Qualification Tournaments” navigation function. ).
  12. Jürgen von Lossow: Bankruptcy in basketball - only children can still help. In: Die Zeit , No. 24/1969.
  13. European Championship for Men 1971 Team Federal Republic of Germany. FIBA Europe website. Retrieved December 6, 2010.
  14. European Basketball Championship 1971 . Linguasport website - Sport History and Statistics. Retrieved December 6, 2010.
  15. Information on Kir Art, art forms and artists . Website KIR ART. Retrieved December 6, 2010.
  16. An attempt at a personal profile by Günter Hagedorn. Website New-Art-Essentials - Barbara von Johnson, Munich ( website not available ). Retrieved December 6, 2010.
  17. ↑ Realities of life ( Memento from April 8, 2013 in the Internet Archive ) Interview with Günter Hagedorn. Goethe Institute website. Interview Juliane Henkel, Corfu / Greece. February 2012. Retrieved February 14, 2015.
  18. https://www.basketball-bund.de/news/dbb-trauert-um-prof-dr-guenter-hagedorn-189849