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Coaches

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.  Also, skilled practice partners and dedicated volunteers who enjoy sharing their passion for the sport frequently assist our coaches and students.

Private lesson schedules and rates vary by coach.  Schedules for group lessons, camps, and clinics are displayed on our Events Calendar.

Contact our Manager on duty to arrange an opportunity to learn from a member of our coaching team.

  • Michael Levene, 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

  • 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

    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.

  • Alec J. Carney, Assistant Center Manager and Senior/Elite Coach

    AJ has been with Triangle Table Tennis since it opened in 2014. He splits his time between managing the center and coaching. He has been coaching table tennis for the last eight years, and has completed his certification as an ITTF Level 1 Coach. He was a multi-medalist at the AAU Junior Olympics in 1997-2001, earning 2 gold, 1 silver, and 4 bronze medals. AJ is a well-rounded player who not only plays sponge at a 2400+ level, but also Hardbat and Sandpaper.



    Highest USATT Rating - 2444
    Current USATT Rating - 2411
    Highest Hardbat Rating - 2732
    Current Hardbat Rating - 2732

    Recent accomplishments include:
    • 2016 Hardbat U.S. National Champion
    • 2016 Sandpaper U.S. National Champion
    • 2016 Hardbat U.S. Open Champion
    • 2016 Sandpaper U.S. Open Champion
    • 2017 Hardbat U.S. Open Champion
    • 2017 Sandpaper U.S. Open Champion
    • 2017 Liha U.S. Open Champion
    • 2017 Hardbat Doubles U.S. Open Champion
    • Competed in the 2017 World Championships of Ping Pong in London, England
    • 2018 Hardbat U.S. National Champion
    • 2018 Men’s Over 30 Single U.S. National Champion

  • Gregg 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.
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    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.

  • Louis Levene

    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 rapidly improving, with a current playing level of around 2100. 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
    • 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 Silver Medalist
    • 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
    • Consistent performances in leagues and USATT tournaments
    • Current USATT rating of 2060

  • Sean Liu

    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

    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).