VfL Bochum 1848 continues to work intensively to professionalise its structures and leverage new potential. Therefore, the expiring contracts with Patrick Fabian, Frank Heinemann and Lucas Kern will be adjusted and extended. In the medical department, club physician Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Bauer will receive support in the future, and a new team manager and another member for the scouting department will be added.
"We are permanently working on further consolidating and professionalising our structures in order to get the most out of our possibilities," says Sebastian Schindzielorz, VfL's Director of Sport. "Patrick Fabian has brilliantly mastered the transition from professional footballer to management upstairs. He has been able to gain practical insights into various topics and at the same time has not neglected theory by continuing his education. In the future, he will act as divisional manager of the professional team and will be able to deal more intensively with the sub-areas in which and on which work is done in the background of a professional team on a sporting content level."
A detailed interview with Patrick Fabian on this subject can be read here with immediate effect.
Furthermore, the contracts of assistant manager Frank Heinemann, and Lucas Kern, the head of our athletic department, been extended. Both have been part of the coaching team since this 2021/22 season. While "Funny" Heinemann will continue to support head coach Thomas Reis in his work, Lucas Kern will continue the process of optimisation in the athletic area in order to promote team as well as individual development.
Long-time team physician Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Bauer will be supported in the future by Dr. Ghani Hilal, a specialist in orthopedics and trauma surgery at Klinikum Westfalen in Dortmund, in order to meet the growing challenges of competitive football and ensure the best possible medical care for the players.
New to the team are Max Tolischus and Daniel Zink. In the future, Tolischus will cover the important area of organisation around the licensed player squad as team manager, not only supporting the players at their workplace, but also facilitating and accompanying their integration off the pitch. Daniel Zink is a new addition to the scouting department. With increasing digitisation and data collection, there is a need for experts who can evaluate the volume of data and bundle it with pinpoint accuracy. VfL is now taking this into account by bringing in Zink, such an expert, for the purpose of analysis.