“Mr. TUSEM Essen”: Klaus Schorn is dead

“Mr. Tusem Essen”
Klaus Schorn is dead

Three German championships, three cup titles, three European Cup titles: as a coach, Klaus Schorn has made TUSEM Essen one of the most successful clubs in German handball. Now the former official has passed away at the age of 88.

German handball mourns the loss of one of its most influential figures. Klaus Schorn passed away on Friday at the age of 88, as did TUSEM Essen website looking at. The former manager made the club one of the strongest clubs in German handball in the 1980s and 1990s and led the club from the Ruhr region through the most successful period in its history.

“Generations of TUSEM handball players, coaches and comrades in the TUSEM handball administration have much to thank Klaus Schorn for,” managing director Nils Ellwanger was quoted as saying in the official statement. “We at TUSEM grieve his passing, hold him, the time we spent together and the experiences with him in good memory and pay tribute to his life’s achievements with the utmost respect.”

TUSEM, the gymnastics and sports club Essen-Margarethenhöhe, won three German championships (1986, 1987, 1989) and the DHB Cup three times (1988, 1991, 1992) during the Schorn era. Internationally, the club has celebrated successes in the European Cup Winners’ Cup (1989), in the European Cup (1994) and also its last major trophy by winning the UEFA Cup in 2005.

Mark Schober, CEO of the German Handball Federation (DHB), who died in The official association website. “Klaus Schorn was the father of the handball league and has been one of the most influential figures in German handball for decades with tremendous commitment.”

Schorn offended, but he was also sociable and reliable

According to the DHB announcement, Schorn joined TUSEM at the age of 12, and had already taken up his first positions at the age of 14, thus promoting handball in Essen since the mid-1970s – and “the time of his life as a committed volunteer”, says the DHB. “Mister TUSEM Essen” refers to “West German General Newspaper” The man who has now died “after a serious illness.” “Schoern followed his path straight and, if necessary, with his elbows,” according to WAZ, “and was often offended because he might feel uncomfortable.” But also as “sociable and reliable”, who always worked to find solutions when someone in the club had a problem.


Always fully committed.

Great players such as current national coach Alfred Gislason, former national player Jochen Fratz or 2007 World Champion Oliver Rogisch have played in TUSEM under Sören. The period of success came to an abrupt end after winning the European Cup in 2005, when the club was forced into bankruptcy and had to be relegated to the third division. WAZ’s obituary states that Schorn, the “clever director”, was “caught by a conman in financial straits”, which hit him hard. “After that, the president didn’t go to a single match with the first team, he only appeared with the youth.”

Until his death he kept in touch with his club, of which he had meanwhile become honorary president. TUSEM is currently playing in the second Bundesliga, Essen last returned to the first division for a year in the 2020/21 season. After his death, the club not only mourned Schörn, who “in his life made an incomparable commitment to TUSEM and achieved great things,” as TUSEM managing director Nils Ellwanger sums it up.

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