TuS Schutterwald

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TuS Schutterwald
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Club data
Founded: June 1, 1900
Club colors: Red White
Board: David Salameh
Venues: Mörburghalle I + II
Address: TuS Schutterwald eV
Im Kirchfeld
77746 Schutterwald
Website: http://www.tus-schutterwald.de/

The gymnastics and sports club Schutterwald is a German sports club from the Baden-Württemberg town of Schutterwald in the Ortenau district . The club is best known for the success of the men's handball team , which played in the first handball league . In addition to the handball department, TuS also has a gymnastics department .

Club history

The TuS Schutterwald was founded in 1900 in the former "Adler" inn by 32 members as a gymnastics club . As early as 1926, the first gymnasts began - initially unofficially - with the handball game. In 1928 the handball department was officially founded. On June 8, 1950, the name was changed to Turn und Sportverein (TuS). 1954 was the establishment of the athletics department. In 1979, the athletics department split off from the club.


The handball department of TuS Schutterwald was founded in 1928. The first men's team won several South Baden champions in the 1950s. In 1967 he was promoted to the field handball Bundesliga and in the hall was promoted to the Südbadische Oberliga. But as early as 1969, the club rose again in both leagues. In 1974 he was promoted to the regional league in the hall. The field handball era came to an end nationwide.

The Emrich era

In the 1980/81 season, which was advertised as a qualifying round for the newly founded 2. Handball Bundesliga , TuS was able to achieve this goal. With Armin Emrich , a new coach was hired in 1982 who did a lot of development work in the club, especially in the youth field. In the DHB-Pokal round in 1983, the TuS was able to defeat teams like THW Kiel and TV Großwallstadt as a "cup scare" , but then failed in the quarter-finals even at the supposedly weaker regional division TV Emsdetten at the time . In 1984 Martin Heuberger from Schutterwald became a junior national player. A year later he took part in the Junior World Championships. For the 1985/86 season Arno Ehret , world champion from 1978, was committed and TuS finished second in the table at the end of the season. In two playoff games against Bayer Dormagen , the Schutterwälder prevailed and rose to the top division. In the same year the club failed in the DHB Cup in the semifinals against MTSV Schwabing . Ehret left the club at the end of the season and the team was relegated to the second division again at the end of the coming season. 1987/88 the club was runner-up in the second division and only just missed promotion to the top class against VfL Fredenbeck .

In the 1988/89 season, the team was runner-up again, but this time was able to prevail in the promotion games against Wuppertal. The play-off round for the championship, which was still held at that time , was missed, but relegation was assured. In the same year the male A-youth of the TuS became German champions. In the 1990/91 season Schutterwald was sixth in the southern group at the end of the season, the Bundesliga , which was divided into two parts again after reunification . At the end of the season, after nine years, trainer Emrich left his job as a trainer for the “Red Devils of Ortenau” at his own request.

The time after Emrich

Emrich's successor was Spasoje Skercevic. Under his leadership, Schutterwald was fourth in the 1st League South in the 1991/92 season, which brought the team into the play-off round . The games that took place in spring 1992 were played in the Karlsruhe Europahalle in front of over 6,500 spectators. Against TUSEM Essen , the team was eliminated in a dramatic game after two extra time and two seven-meter kicks.

In the following year, the team could only occupy 13th place. With the Swiss Konni Affolter, a new trainer was hired for the 1993/94 season. But the change of coach did not bring the hoped-for success: 15th place in the table meant relegation to the 2nd division.

The Heuberger era

For the 1994/95 season, the Yugoslav coach Pedrag Dosen was committed, but he was replaced as player- coach by Martin Heuberger in March 1995 . The hoped-for ascent was only just missed. While all home games were previously played in the local Mörburghalle, the club has now moved to the larger Offenburg Oberrheinhalle.

With coach Heuberger the promotion succeeded, but the first class should only last for one season (1996/97). This gave the TuS the nickname “elevator team”. Oliver Roggisch was able to gain his first Bundesliga experience and was appointed to the youth and junior national team.

A successful 1997/98 season brought the relegation to renewed promotion to the German elite league. In the DHB Cup they managed to move into the Final Four round in Hamburg, where they failed in the first game against the later cup winner THW Kiel.

Problems with finding sponsors led to increasing financial difficulties. The relegation in the 1998/99 season was only prevented by the departure of the competitor TV Niederwürzbach , who was in even greater financial difficulties .

In order to reduce the economic risk, the Bundesliga operation was separated from the parent club in 1999 and spun off into the newly founded TuS Schutterwald Sport- und Marketing GmbH . But that did not solve the financial problems. The 1999/2000 season was also very difficult in terms of sport. In November 1999 coach Martin Heuberger resigned after losing a home game against local rivals TV Willstätt . Because of the lack of sporting success, the number of viewers fell and important sponsors withdrew. With the former Essen Bundesliga player Thomas Happe as the new coach, one hoped for the turning point. But in vain. In the spring of 2000, a "reorganization team" was established, but the poor financial situation meant that key top performers in the team could not be retained. In an emergency, SG Willstätt / Schutterwald was founded with local rival TV Willstätt at the start of the season .

Failures with syndicates

But the gaming community was not crowned with success either. In the first joint season 2000/01 they were 13th, in the following year 15th and in the 2002/03 season the team was relegated from the first Bundesliga as bottom of the table. In 2003/04 and 2004/05, ninth place was achieved in the 2nd Bundesliga. Before the start of the new season, the syndicate was dissolved because Ortenauer Marketing und Sportvertrieb GmbH became insolvent. The TV Willstätt had taken over the gaming license and finished the 2005/06 season in 13th place.

With the participation in HR Ortenau in the 2008/2009 season of the 2nd Bundesliga , another attempt was made to establish competitive handball in the region with a game community; this attempt failed for economic reasons after just one season.


The first men's team of TuS Schutterwald will play in the fourth-class Oberliga Baden-Württemberg in the 2019/20 season.

Both the wJA girls (coach Torsten Bressmer & David Körkel) and the mJA youth (coach Martin Heuberger) play in the youth handball league in the 2018/19 season. This marks the first time that both youth teams of a club are in the handball league.

Well-known former players

Individual evidence

  1. Mittelbadische Presse, Handball: Marketing at the end (PDF file; 118 kB)


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