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June 22, 2022 15:00
Written by Jonas Kildegaard Rasmussen

The Danish national coach with responsibility for the men’s doubles stops in his work per. September 1, when he got a new job as Director of Athletics and Activities at Copenhagen International School. – It is a good time for me personally to come out and try something new, says Jakob Høi.

Kenneth Jonassen, Jesper Hovgaard, Rune Ulsing and Thomas Stavngaard will have a new national coach colleague. Jakob Høi has got a new job, which he will transfer to on 1 September. A new job that to a lesser extent requires so many travel days, which has filled much of the job as Danish national coach and thus removed time with the family.

– I have a family I would like to see something more. I would rather not have so many travel days anymore so I miss time with family. At the same time, it is a good time for me personally to come out and try something new, and I am very much looking forward to coming out and using my skills in a new environment that appeals to me with personnel responsibilities, organization and strategic influence, says Jakob Høi.

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Although the many travel days are the reason why 46-year-old Jakob Høi pulls the national coach’s plug, it is also for him also something that has made working as a national coach fantastic.

– I am both in love with and fascinated by the sport and the environment. Admission, participation and management of an elite environment is obligatory. That is why it has always been important for me to make an effort. Both towards myself, but also towards my colleagues and athletes. I have been privileged to work with some of the best in the world, or work towards becoming the best while we have traveled, experienced cultures and had many great experiences. Everything that makes me want to go home has also been the reason why the job has been so attractive, says Jakob Høi.

With his participation in the Indonesia Open, Jakob Høi has had his last journey as national coach, and as the competitive person he is, it annoys him that he did not make it to the final together with Kim Astrup / Anders Skaarup.

– I would have liked to have sat on the chair behind the court in the final of the Indonesia Open. It had been so cool to end with a final with Dannebrog on his chest. But that is unfortunately not how it should be, says Høi.

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From 1 September, Høi will have fewer travel days when he takes over as Director of Athletics and Activities at CIS, Copenhagen International School. Here he will be responsible for the school’s activity program which includes sports, creative activities and music.

In Badminton Denmark, elite and sports manager Jens Meibom understands the decision.

– It is of course sad when we have to say goodbye to one of our talented employees. But the national coach job is rarely a lifelong position, and therefore it is only positive that Jakob (Høi, ed.) Has got another exciting job where he can bring his skills into play, says Jens Meibom and continues.

– Jakob has done a great job and made a big contribution to the elite program. In addition to his efforts in the gym and at tournaments, he has been responsible for building our efforts with performance analysis, which has evolved tremendously over the past few years.

– He is a person with very high integrity and has been a strong cultural ambassador for the values ​​of the elite program, and I will miss his analyzes and perspectives in our team. We wish Jakob all the best in his new job and hope that Badminton Denmark will at some point benefit from his skills again, says elite and sports manager Jens Meibom.

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Badminton Denmark will now begin the process of recruiting a new national coach. Due to the summer holidays and the World Cup, the application process itself will only begin after the World Cup 2022 with a plan to hire a new national coach in the autumn of 2022.

Jakob Høi became national coach for Denmark in January 2017. He has since been responsible for the Danish men’s doubles, just as he has been responsible for Badminton Denmark’s work with performance analysis.

Despite a major generational change in the men’s doubles category, Jakob Høi has in the past 5.5 years helped to win medals for Denmark at the following championships: Thomas Cup bronze 2018, 2020 and 2022, World Cup bronze 2021, gold at individual European Championships in 2017 and 2018, as well as gold at the European Championships for mixed teams 2017, 2019 and 2021 and the European Championships for men’s national teams 2018 and 2020.

National coach CV:

  • National Coach, Denmark: 2017-2022
  • Head Country Coach, England: 2013-2016
  • Head coach, Germany: 2009-2012
  • U19 national coach in Denmark: 2006-2009

Other background:

  • HD in organization and management, SDU
  • Sports Marketing & Management, Erhvervsakademiet Svendborg
  • Coaching, Self-Management and Emotional Intelligence, Bergen School of Business
  • Sports and health, SDU

Tags: Jakob Høi, Jens Meibom
Category: Elite, Home, National Team, News

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