Pacific’s handball club was founded in 1977, and the Boxers have dominated. The impressive accolades include 38 consecutive appearances in the Collegiate National Championships, from which they have won 24 national titles.
The men’s and women’s teams have a new head coach this year in David Steinberg, who has assisted the handball team for a few years.
“It’s been challenging,” said Coach Steinberg. “But with the help of former coach Mike Steele, it’s made it much easier.”
With all of the success the handball team has seen over the years, the question has become how the Boxers have sustained so much success over the years.
“I think it’s our athleticism,” said Steinberg. “Our student body is chalked full with athletes, and the ones that come out and try handball usually pick it up fairly quickly.”
The handball teams feature student athletes who compete not only in handball, but one or two other varsity sports here at Pacific.
“The special thing about the handball team is that every student has the opportunity to compete,” said Steinberg. “Even new players here will get more time in competition than any of the varsity athletes in other sports.”
The men’s and women’s teams are gearing up to head back to the Collegiate National Championship at the University of Minnesota for their 39 th consecutive appearance, taking 16 athletes to compete.