Dr. John "Doc" Silva, a Professor Emeritus of Sport Psychology in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science at The University of North Carolina, founded Carolina Team Handball in January 1989 to share his passion for handball with the Chapel Hill community. In the nearly 20 years since then, Carolina Team Handball has gone from a roll of court tape and a pair of makeshift goals, to a handball powerhouse. Dr. Silva coached all three Carolina teams and served as the faculty advisor for both the Carolina Men’s and Women’s teams. He worked with USA Team Handball as a sport psychologist and as a member of the Sports Medicine and Sport Science and Technology Committees from 1987-2006 chairing the committee from 1995-2006. Dr. Silva coached the South Women in the 1993 Olympic Festival, and the South Men, who won the Gold Medal in the 1995 Olympic Festival. In the fall of 2000, he was elected to the Board of Directors for USA Team Handball.
Knute Rockne once said, ''I will find out what my best team is when I find out how many doctors and lawyers and good husbands and good citizens have come off of each and every one of my teams.'' In his tenure with CTHC, Doc produced over a dozen USA National Team players, two male and one female Olympians, three Pan Am team members, won three consecutive USATH Collegiate National Championships, won a Gold Medal in the prestigious Carolina Blue Cup, and won the first-ever Bronze Medal for a college program in the USATH US Open National championships. Given these achievements, perhaps the most significant and meaningful accomplishment of all is the great number of fine Carolina Team Handball student-athletes who, over the past two decades, have gone on to become successful in their personal and professional lives. CTHC alumni include PhD's, doctors, lawyers, financial consultants, etc. If asked, many would most certainly attribute this success directly to their experiences with team handball and Doc.
The CTHC was founded to expose members of the University of North Carolina community to the competition, health, and athletic benefits available from the great sport of Team Handball. With a healthy dose of hard work and humble beginnings, and through many successes, CTHC continues the tradition today with head coaches Myles Bacon and Wade Sutton.