Triangle Table Tennis benefits from a variety of perspectives from its widely experienced Advisory Board.
Diana Gee, Advisory Board Member and Coach
Diana represented the United States as a table tennis athlete in two Olympic Games (1988 and 1992). She is also a nine-time National Women’s Double Champion and five-time National Mixed Doubles Champion. Diana was a member of the U.S. National Team from 1985 through 1992, was honored as the USA Table Tennis Sportswoman and Female Amateur Athlete of the Year in 1985, and was the 1990 National Collegiate Singles and Mixed Doubles Champion. She was inducted into the USA Table Tennis Hall of Fame in 2009. In addition to being an elite athlete, Diana has continued to give back to her sport and the Olympic Movement. She has represented the U.S. at the International Olympic Academy, worked for the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games, served as Athlete Liaison for the 1997 U.S. Summer World University Games Delegation, and was an athlete representative for the USOC’s Athlete Advisory Council from 1998-2000. In 2008, she acted as a U.S. Olympic Ambassador for athletes competing in the Olympics in Beijing. In 2012, Diana volunteered at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Cary, NC, and she continues to do some part time coaching.
Michael L. Babuin, PhD, Advisory Board Member
Mike has served on the Board of Directors for International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF). He has been on the Board of Directors for USA Table Tennis (USATT), the Olympic national governing body, since 2007. For part of that time, he served as Chairman of the Board of Directors, and also Chairman of the Hardbat Committee. Additionally, he is a member of the Board of Advisors for National Collegiate Table Tennis Association (NCTTA). Locally, Mike founded and served as President of Cary Table Tennis Association. He also served for many years as the promoter, organizer, director and chief fund-raiser for the Cary Cup Championship – the largest giant round robin table tennis competition in the USA – and was a key member of the team that managed the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials in Cary, NC. Mike has been an organizer for State Games, Senior Games, Corporate Games, and Valor Games competitions, as well as a volunteer at the World Special Olympics. Mike is a USATT Certified Club Umpire and a USATT Certified State Coach. He has completed ITTF Level 1 Coach classroom training and expects to complete his certification as an ITTF Level 1 Coach in October, 2015.