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Mark Ortega

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Mark Ortega
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Personal information
Born (1978-07-25) 25 July 1978 (age 42)
California, United States of America
Nationality American
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Centerback

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Mark Ortega (born 25 July 1978) is an American handball coach and former team captain of the United States national handball team.[1] As of 2018, he is assistant coach in the men's USA national team, working with Robert Hedin.[2]


In 2004, shortly after finishing college, Ortega became a member of the Miami Sharks handball team under the guidance of Cristian Zaharia.[3] In the same year, he was selected as captain of the USA national team and played for it until 2014.[4][5] Ortega has also joined European handball teams in Romania, France, Spain and Norway.[6][7]

In August 2013, after USA Team Handball partnered with the United States Olympic Committee and the Alabama Community College Conference, a Residency Program was founded in Auburn University[8] and Ortega was among the first coaches that would train handball athletes for international competitions.[9] Since then, he has coached the USA Junior National Team[10] and the USA Men's National Residence Team.[10] Ortega's teams have competed in the Pan American Games, Pan American Championships and the International Handball Federation Championships.[11]

Awards & Honors[edit]

As player & captain[edit]

Pan American Men's Handball Championship[12][13]

  • 2004: 6th place - Santiago, Chile
  • 2007: 4th place - Aracaju, Brazil
  • 2011: 7th place, Captain - Guadalajara, Mexico[14][15]
  • 2012: 5th place, Captain - Buenos Aires, Argentina

Four Nations Tournament

  • 2009: 1st place, Captain - Lubeck,Germany

Battle of Chicago[16]

  • 2010: 1st place - Team USA vs Team LA THC

Pan American Games Qualifier

  • 2010: 2nd place, Captain - USA vs Canada

Selection Camp Tournaments

  • 2010: Rein Neckar, Germany

Second Chance Qualifiers

  • 2011: Second Chance Qualifier, 1st place, Captain - Guatemala

Pan American Nor.Ca. Qualifier

  • 2014: 3rd place - Mexico City, Mexico[17]

Club Playing Career

  • 2004-07: Miami Sharks - Miami, FL, USA
  • 2007: Nueva Montana - Santander, Spain
  • 2007: US Open National Championships, 2nd place
  • 2008: Alta IF, 1st Division - Alta, Norway
  • 2009: Pulheimer SC, 4th Division - Pulheim, Germany[18]
  • 2010-11: TSG Ober Eschbach, 4th Division - Frankfurt, Germany
  • 2011: US Open National Championships, 1st place, gold
  • 2011: Ali Club - Cairo, Egypt
  • 2011-12: Adeleme Sinfin - Santander, Spain
  • 2012: US Open National Championships, 8th place, top 5 scorer (2nd)
  • 2013: Us Club National Championships, Elite Division, 4th place
  • 2014: US Open National Championships, Open Division, 6th place, top 5 scorer (2nd)
  • 2015: US Open National Championships, 1st place

As coach[edit]

Head Coach

  • 2016: Nor.Ca. Handball Championship - Gold medal for the Junior National Team
  • 2017: Pan American Championships - Bronze medal for the Junior National Team
  • 2017: IHF Continental Cup - Gold medal for the Junior National Team
  • 2015-17: USA Junior National Team
  • 2018: Men's National Residence Team, USA vs Central Canada
  • 2018: Interim, USA Men's National Team
  • 2018 (present): MNT Residence Program - Auburn, Alabama, USA[19]

Assistant Coach

  • 2014-18: Full time United States men's handball national team coach - Auburn, Alabama, USA[20][21][22][23][24][25]
  • 2018: USA vs Canada Pan American Qualifier
  • 2014 - present: MNT National Team

Other Coaching Experience

  • 2015: USA vs Puerto Rico Series
  • 2015: USA vs Guatemala, Pan American Games Qualifier
  • 2016: USA vs Alberta Series
  • 2016: Pan American Championships
  • 2016: United Handball, 3rd Place Nationals[26]
  • 2017: USA vs Canada Series
  • 2018: Nor.Ca.
  • 2018: USA vs Canada pre-Olympic Qualifier[27]
  • 2018: Head Coach, Los Angeles Team Handball Club, 1st Place Nationals


  1. "Ohio State alumna working toward Olympic dreams after lone year of club sport". The Lantern. Retrieved 2018-07-17.
  2. "Robert Hedin to lead USA handball team | Handball Planet". Handball Planet. 2018-07-09. Retrieved 2018-07-18.
  3. "Sharks' Ortega signs professional contract – Team Handball News". teamhandballnews.com. Retrieved 2018-07-17.
  4. "PATHF Second Chance Tourney: Uruguay opens with 20-12 win over Guatemala – Team Handball News". teamhandballnews.com. Retrieved 2018-07-17.
  5. "Salt Lake City hosts national handball championships". Retrieved 2018-11-08.
  6. "1 on 1: Carving your own path! An interview with Mark Ortega. – Team Handball News". teamhandballnews.com. Retrieved 2018-07-17.
  7. "Mark Ortega". Team USA. Retrieved 2018-11-08.
  8. "Auburn University designated Olympic training site". Auburn University. Retrieved 2018-07-18.
  9. "USA Team Handball Announces Official Partnership with ACCC - Alabama Community College Conference". www.acccathletics.com. Retrieved 2018-07-17.
  10. 10.0 10.1 "USATH - USA Team Handball (via Public) / USATH Junior Mens National Team Announced". www.publicnow.com. Retrieved 2018-07-17.
  11. "2017 IHF Continental Cup". Team USA. Retrieved 2018-07-17.
  12. Krastev, Todor. "Handball America Archive". www.todor66.com. Retrieved 2018-11-08.
  13. "Mark Ortega". Team USA. Retrieved 2018-11-08.
  14. http://ww.usrowing.org/Libraries/National_Team_Documents/101611-USA_Daily.sflb.ashx USA Daily, The Official Newsletter of the 2011 U.S. Pan American Team, October 16, 2011. Retrieved 11/08/2018
  15. Lee, Jasen (2011-05-13). "Salt Lake City hosts national handball championships". DeseretNews.com. Retrieved 2018-11-08.
  16. "Handball Wins at Battle of Chicago". Team USA. Retrieved 2018-07-17.
  17. Curry, Jonathan. "U.S. men's team reports to pre-tournament training camp". handball-world (in Deutsch). Retrieved 2018-11-08.
  18. Koch, Volker. "Handball: Sein halbes Herz schlägt für die USA". RP ONLINE (in Deutsch). Retrieved 2018-11-08.
  19. "USA Team Handball Residency Program". College of Education. Retrieved 2018-11-08.
  20. handball-world. "New coach: Robert Hedin to lead "Team USA" to qualification for PanAmerican Games". handball-world. Retrieved 2018-11-08.
  21. "USA Team Handball Announces Official Partnership with ACCC - Alabama Community College Conference". www.acccathletics.com. Retrieved 2018-11-08.
  22. "Cavanaugh: "We are taking this one step at a time"". Retrieved 2018-11-08.
  23. "Robert Hedin jagar OS - ny förbundskapten för USA - Handbollskanalen". Handbollskanalen (in svenska). 2018-07-07. Retrieved 2018-11-08.
  24. "Calling all U.S. athletes: Handball needs you". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2018-11-08.
  25. "USA testade spelare - Handbollskanalen". Handbollskanalen (in svenska). 2015-08-28. Retrieved 2018-11-08.
  26. "2015 Open Championships United HC Club Preview". Team USA. Retrieved 2018-11-08.
  27. "SIS|Handball". www.sis-handball.de. Retrieved 2018-11-08.

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