Coaching

We have one of the finest team of professional coaches on the continent, furthermore lessons are conducted in the best purpose build table tennis facility  in the Americas with spacious conditions, superb lighting, sport flooring, quality JOOLA tables and balls, a kitchen, game room & workout room.

Triangle Table Tennis offers players a wide range of expert coaches with experience in training table tennis skills, techniques, and match strategies. Triangle’s coaching team provides private and group lessons, as well as camps and clinics. Our coaches are friendly and accessible, and they pride themselves on helping players of all ages and all levels, from beginner to advanced, to have fun while they improve their game. In addition to the coaches listed below, we often host visiting coaches. 

Private lesson schedules vary by coach. Schedules for group lessons, camps, and clinics can be booked online or by calling reception. Contact our Manager on duty to arrange an opportunity to learn from a member of our coaching team.

Yu Di, Senior Elite Coach

Yu Di began his table tennis career in China, where he earned a position on the Liaoning Province Team. In addition to reaching a USATT rating of over 2500, he has a wealth of competition experience in both China and the United States, including:

  • 2007 & 2008 2nd Place in Boys Team and 3rd Place in Men’s Singles at China Liaoning Province Cadet Table Tennis Championships
  • 2010 2nd in Men’s Doubles in China Liaoning Province Sports Meeting
  • 2010 Team Champion at China National KaiTuo Cup Championship
  • 2010 3rd place in Open Singles at China National KaiTuo Cup Championship
  • 2013 Singles Champion at Butterfly Atlanta Fall Open
  • 2014 2nd Place in Singles at Butterfly Atlanta Winter Open
  • 2014 2nd Place in Friday Open Men’s Singles at Butterfly Cary Cup Championship
  • 2014 4th Place in Giant Round Robin Open Singles at Butterfly Cary Cup Championship
  • 2015 April Open Tournament Open Singles Champion
  • 2015 and 2017 Triangle Upside Down Tournament Open Singles Champion
  • 2016 Winter 2-Person Teams Champion
  • 2017 Open Singles Champion African Table Tennis Tournament
  • 2018 Quarter-finalist at Joola North America Teams Championships
  • 2019 USATT North Carolina State Men’s Champion

Yu Di has successfully coached nationally ranked Cadet and Junior level athletes including:

  • U-10 player ranked at #1
  • U-13 player ranked #6.
  • Has coached the US National Champion/Olympic athlete Yijun Feng
  • 2017 U-10 USATT Girls #5 Isabella Xu
  • 2018 U-10 USATT Girls #2 Rachel Wang
  • 2018 U-10 Boys #5 Zelin Ye o 2018 U-12 #5 USATT Hopes Boys o 2018 #1 in Canada Ranking A11 and A12 Yu Di is a certified ITTF Level 1 Coach and enjoys working with players at all levels. ​

Ojo Onaolapo, Senior Elite Coach, World Class Athlete

Ojo began his table tennis career in Akure in South Western Nigeria and was employed by Ondo State Sports Council as a professional player/performer. 

Ojo is a remarkable world class table tennis player and one of the best Table Tennis athletes living in the USA with international competition wins over players ranked in the top 50 in the world including Kamal Ashanta for a Bronze medal in the commonwealth games against India in the deciding match. His achievements since 2011 include National, Continental, Commonwealth and ITTF medals in major competitions.

Championship

Year

Venue

Event

medal

Africa junior and cadet championship

2010

Brazzaville

Junior boys singles/team/doubles

3 silver

Africa junior and cadet championship

2011

Capetown South Africa

Singles/team/doubles

2 silver, 1 bronze

World junior and cadet championship

2011

Hammamet Tunnisia

Singles/doubles

1 silver

Africa junior cadet table tennis championship

2009

Morocco

Single/doubles

Silver/bronze

world cadet challenge & Junior circuit

2009

Tokyo Japan

Team

Silver

National Sports Festival

2011

Rivers

Team/single double

3 gold, 1 bronze

RON open table tennis championship

2012

Uyo

Singles doubles mixed double

2 gold, 1 silver

ITTF challenge Morocco Open

2012

Rabat

under 21 single, men singles

Quarter final

ITTF junior cadet circuit

2012

South Koria

Team singles

1 gold

World table tennis championship

2013

Germany

Team

 

ITTF pro tour challenge

2013

Belarus

Singles

Quarter final

ITTF Open challenge

2014

Lagos

Under 21 men singles

1 gold

Commonwealth games

2014

Scotland

Team

Bronze

Professional/maccossi club

2014/2015

Italy

League

 

ITTF Open Challenge

2015

Lagos

Under 21 men’s single

Silver

Africa senior championship

2015

Morocco

Men’s team singles

Silver

All Africa game

2015

Brazzaville

Congo

Team/mixed double

1 gold, 1 silver

World table tennis championship

2015

Malaysia

Team

 

Played Pro in Portugal

2016/2017

Portugal

League

 

ITTF Lagos open

2016

Lagos

Men’s singles

Quarter final

ITTF Nigeria Open

2017

Lagos

Men’s singles

Quarter final

National table tennis championship

2018

Abuja

Men’s singles/men doubles

1 gold, 1 silver

Rachid El BouBou, Senior Elite Coach, International Player

Starting 15th August 2019

Rachid grew up in Lebanon, where he competed at the highest level. He trained with the Lebanon Youth National Team and traveled with them to championships throughout Europe and the Middle East. Rachid has played in multiple World Table Tennis Championships representing his country. He is the current reigning Lebanon Table Tennis Champion and has won this title 12 times, including 2017 and 2018. In addition to playing table tennis, Rachid has been coaching for more than 8 years, including at 2 universities, the Lebanon Youth National Team, and as an assistant coach in his local club. Rachid also has nine years of experience working as a bank employee at Bank Med in Lebanon. Rachid loves the sport of Table Tennis and is excited to be able to coach at Triangle Table Tennis.

Michael Levene, United State Regional Coach

Michael is an USATT Regional Coach. He has Bachelors’ degrees in Econometrics and Social Statistics, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration. Michael founded Smash Table Tennis where he coached from 2015 to 2018. He also coached at the Atlanta Georgia Table Tennis Association from 2007-2008

One of only 35 United States Table Tennis Association Regional Coaches
Track record in developing students. Have taken beginners to an elite level in less than 2 years.

  • 3 times US Open finalist including International Veterans and Men’s Over 40 Doubles
  • 2015 US Open Men’s Doubles Over 40 Semi-Finalist (Last 64 in Men’s doubles taking game of World #43)
  • Former Atlanta Georgia Table Tennis Association coach
  • Represented England Universities
  • Formerly Ranked 57 In England Men’s and 15 in England Veteran’s
  • Represented Great Britain 6 times in World Maccabiah Games; formerly an International Table-Tennis Federation sanctioned event
    • Q/F of Men’s singles event
    • Bronze medal in Men’s team event, Silver Medal in Veteran’s teams event,
    • Bronze Medal in Veteran’s doubles
  • Georgia State Championships: 5 Gold, 5 Silver and 2 Bronze in Men’s, Men’s Doubles, Team, Over 40’s and Hard Bat over multiple years
  • 2015 Virginia State Championships: Men’s 3rd place Bronze, Open Doubles Gold and Over 40’s Silver Medal
  • 2015 Virginia, West Virginia, DC and Maryland Over 40’s Champion
  • 2016 Virginia State Championships: Men’s 3rd place, Open Doubles Silver, Over 40’s champion
  • 2018 World Championships. Over 50 Men’s last 128. Over 40’s Men’s Doubles consolation, runner-up
  • 2019 USATT North Carolina State Over 40’s, Over 50’s and Open Doubles Champion, Hardbat Silver medalist

Louis Levene, Coach

After regaining interest in the sport in January 2015, Louis went from a standard of 900 to a USATT rating of 1847 in 10 months and is still improving, with a current playing level close to 2150. Louis can teach the solid starting fundamentals of table tennis to new and beginner players and can work with players of all ages and levels to improve specific skills.

  • 2015 Virginia State Championships Junior Silver Medalist
  • 2016 Virginia State Championships Junior State Champion
  • 2017 Virginia State Championships Junior Silver Medalist
  • 2018 Virginia State Championships Junior State Champion
  • 2016 Virginia State Championships Open Doubles Silver Medalist
  • 2017 Virginia State Championships Open Doubles Silver Medalist
  • 2017 Virginia State Championships Men’s Silver Medalist
  • 2018 Virginia State Championships Men’s Bronze Medalist
  • 2019 Joola Upside Down Open Winner
  • Over 1,100 open league wins and counting
  • Multiple 1st place (top division) finishes in the Smash Table Tennis and TTT leagues
  • Received a table tennis scholarship to play for Lindenwood University
  • Chosen to be a part of USA juniors table tennis team in the 2017 Maccabiah Games

Greg Robertshaw, Coach

Gregg is a USATT Certified State Coach and an ITTF Certified Level 1/PTT Coach, as well as a USATT Certified Club Umpire. He has been one of the top athletes in the State since 1993, after previously competing in Poughkeepsie, NY. His experience in Table Tennis stretches over four decades, starting at age 5 when his dad introduced him to the game, and continuing throughout his school years. Gregg won multiple tournaments, both as a junior and adult player in the north east.
Highest USATT Rating – 2232
Current USATT Rating – 2044
Highest Hardbat Rating – 1642
Current Hardbat Rating – 1642

  • To date, played 110 USATT tournaments:
  • In 2019, Finalists in Triangle Winter Two-Person Teams Tournament
  • In 2018, Round 8th’s in the World’s Veterans tournament
  • North Carolina Senior Games Singles Competition (Gold Medalist 2015 – 2018)
  • North Carolina Senior Games Men’s Doubles Competition (Gold Medalist 2016 – 2018)
  • Wake County Senior Games Men’s Singles Competition (Gold Medalist 2015 – 2018)
  • Wake County Senior Games Men’s Doubles Competition (Gold Medalist 2015 – 2018)
  • In 2014, he was ranked #16 out of the top 20 players in the country and had the most wins of all competitors over 50
  • In 2010, he was ranked #15 in the country over age 50, and #1 in North Carolina for active USATT members
  • In 2014, he was ranked #16 out of the top 20 players in the country and had the most wins of all competitors over 50
  • In 2002 Cary Cup Open singles champion

Gregg has been coaching since 2004, and currently coaches both private and group lessons at Triangle Table Tennis.

  • In 2010, he was #15 in the country over age 50
  • In 2014, he was #16 out of the top 20 players in the country with the most wins

Gregg has been coaching since 2004, and currently coaches both private and group lessons at Triangle Table Tennis.

Sean Liu, Coach

Sean lives in the Triangle area for 20+ years. He is a very popular and strong local player. In addition, he speaks both English and Chinese, and has many years of teaching/coaching experience.

  • USATT Rating: 2128
  • 8 years of university teaching experience
  • 40+ years of table tennis experience
  • Won 2 gold medals in 2018 NC State Finals Table Tennis (Men’s Single’s and Doubles)
  • Won multiple tournaments as a junior and adult player
  • Played university team in China
  • Speaks English and Chinese​

Dr. Mike Babuin, United States Regional Coach

Mike is a USATT Certified Regional Coach, and, as a currently certified as an ITTF Level 1/PTT Coach. He currently is also certified as a USATT certified Regional Umpire. Additional qualifications and related table tennis experience for Dr. Mike are found under the Advisory Board description on our website. As an athlete, Mike has won several National and State championship level accolades including:

  • U1700 Sandpaper Racket singles competition (Champion – US Nationals);
  • U1800 Hardbat Racket singles competition (Champion- US Nationals);
  • U1700 Sandpaper Racket singles competition (Champion) – US Open 2014;
  • North Carolina Senior Games Singles Competition (2x Silver Medalist) (2x Bronze Medalist 2018)
  • North Carolina Senior Games Men’s Doubles Competition (4x Gold Medalist)
  • North Carolina Senior Games Mixed Doubles Competition (3x Gold Medalist)
  • Wake County Senior Games Men’s Singles Competition (Gold Medalist 2017); 4x Silver Medalist 2014 – 2016; 2018);
  • Wake County Senior Games Men’s Doubles Competition (5x Gold Medalist 2014 – 2017);
  • Wake County Senior Games Mixed Doubles Competition (5x Gold Medalist 2014 – 2017). ​
  • USATT North Carolina State Over 60’s and Hardbat medalist (2019)

Jason Xu, Club Coach

Ive been playing table tennis since I was 6 years old. By age 8, I was selected to be in the Liaoning Provincial team. I trained under coach Song Liang, who also trained Olympic gold medalists Wang Nan and Guo Yue. After three years of challenging training, I advanced to the official professional Liaoning team, and won many awards. I became a member of the national training team in 2011, and received personal training from the famous coach Gu Zhenjiang. In 2013, I moved to the U.S. with my family, and my passion for table tennis motivated me to continue training and develop my techniques.

 

I have mastered the most reliable and forefront techniques taught by table tennis coaches today, and I am confident that I can help students of any level master these methods. I have years of experience training with world-class table tennis masters, as well as years of experience coaching others. I can train anyone interested in table tennis, from beginners who want an introduction to athletes who want to improve. I will teach you with cutting-edge techniques and challenge you to play your best.