Arno Havenga is a former player and was a member of the Dutch National Team at the height of their success, participating at the 1996 and 2000 Summer Olympics.
After finishing his playing career in 2006, Havenga joined Robin Van Galen’s coaching staff as assistant coach, and played a big role in helping the Netherlands secure a historic Olympic Gold medal in Beijing 2008.
When Van Galen retired in 2013, Havenga was appointed his successor and made an immediate impact in the top job; finishing runner-up at the European Championships twice in a row (2014 & 2016) as well as winning Silver at the 2015 World Championships held in Kazan.
Havenga, however, did not have it all his own way with the Women’s national team. He and his country were dealt a huge blow as they failed to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games via the qualification tournament held in front of a home crowd at Gouda.
But there was no doubt that Arno Havenga was a top coach, and his best days as the Dutch national team coach lay ahead. In 2018, the 46-year-old had the most successful year of his coaching career, winning the 2018 European Championships in Barcelona, and finishing second in the World League in Kunshan, China. He was later named Coach of the Year by the World Water Polo Coaches Association.
In what would be his last tournament before stepping down as national team head coach, Havenga led the Netherlands to a sixth place finish at the delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
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