MNSU handball players train with world champion handball player Killian Carroll

After Carroll trained one-on-one with four MNSU handball players, the men played exhibition matches, two-versus-one, on Saturday night.
The matches between the MNSU students and Killian Carroll displayed a high-level of athleticism that rocked the handball courts.
Published: Sep. 18, 2022 at 2:42 PM CDT
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MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) - Killian Carroll, a world champion handball player, met up with the Maverick handball team on Saturday for a day of handball competing and training.

“Here, they have great players to coach, and that’s a rare opportunity to work with great athletes and great players,” said professional handball player and champion Killian Carroll. “And just help them along their journey, because a lot of people have helped me through my journey.”

After Carroll trained one-on-one with four MNSU handball players, the men played exhibition matches, two-versus-one, on Saturday night.

The matches displayed a high-level of athleticism that rocked the MNSU handball courts, and the college teams won against Carroll.

“So, we basically took our four best players, matched them up, and that will make it a little more even against the best player in the world,” said MNSU handball head coach Mike Wells.

According to MNSU handball player and graduate student Shane Dunne, the key to enjoying the game is confidence and an open mind.

“There’s no point in being nervous,” said Dunne. “Just enjoy it, take it all in, and learn from Killian as well- just even playing him. This will be my first time playing with Killian, so it’s exciting to learn from him.”

Carroll values the power of learning through experience and allowing the players to make their own judgement calls.

“I always think it’s better when I’m playing against them,” said Carrol. “Because they can make their own critical judgements, ‘this is the pace, this is power, this is the kind of thing that I need to do.’”

Carroll currently lives in Boston, but he grew up playing and learning about handball in Ireland.

Even though Saturday was not the first time Carroll’s been to MNSU, he felt a connection to the three new MNSU handball recruits from Ireland.

“We like to roll him through every three to four years,” said Wells. “And when he found out that we had three new players from Ireland, which is where he’s from originally, he expressed interest that he’d like to come and maybe make them feel just a little bit more at home.”

Carroll’s years of dedication for handball and teachings in Ireland have helped him pass along tips for playing the sport.

“It’s a very big part of the Irish culture of handball- all clubs have good juveniles, there’s a club every 30 minutes away,” said Carroll. “And they always need trainers and coaches, and I always like doing it.”

One of the new Irish recruits, Shane Dunne, says that playing and working with Carroll has inspired him to get to the same level as Carroll.

“He’s just so athletic,” said Dunne. “He’s quick, he’s fast. I think that’s one thing about him and his games, just how quick and athletic he is. But, obviously, his work rate behind the scenes that people don’t see is unreal, as well.”