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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.

  • Jishan Liang, Senior/Elite Coach

    Jishan Liang began his career in China, and was a member of the Tianjin Province Table Tennis Team starting in 2004. His highest USATT rating is 2694, his highest US ranking is #2, and his highest US Under 21 Ranking is #1. These outstanding achievements were built on sustained performance at a number of tournaments, including: 2016 Butterfly Arnold Challenge Finalist, 2015 Butterfly Cary Cup Champion, 2015 Butterfly Teams Division 1 2nd Place, 2015 Butterfly Badger Open Runner-up, 2012 LA Open Doubles Runner-up, 2012 US Open Under 21 Finalist, 2006 China-Russian International Open Singles Semi-finalist, 2006 National Championships Team Quarter-finalist, and 2006 Tianjin Province Championship Team Singles Champion. Jishan has coached top players in Seattle and New York prior to joining Triangle Table Tennis in NC, and his students include a US National Men's Semi-finalist, and a US Cadet Girls' Team member. Jishan is the newest member of our coaching team, and looks forward to coaching players of all levels and all ages.

  • 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 a current USATT rating of over 2500, he has a wealth of competition experience in both China and the United States, including: 2nd Place in Boys Team and 3rd Place in Men's Singles at China Liaoning Province Cadet Table Tennis Championships (2007-2008), 2nd in Men's Doubles in China Liaoning Province Sports Meeting (2010), Singles Champion (1st Place) at Butterfly Atlanta Fall Open (2013), 2nd Place in Singles at Butterfly Atlanta Winter Open (2014), 2nd Place in Friday Open Men's Singles and 4th Place in Giant Round Robin Open Singles at Butterfly Cary Cup Championship (2014). Yu Di has successfully coached nationally ranked Cadet and Junior level athletes while visiting other table tennis centers in the U.S., including a U-10 player ranked at #1 and a U-13 player ranked #6. Yu Di is a certified ITTF Level 1 Coach, and eligible to become a USATT State Coach shortly. He enjoys working with beginning players who are learning the sport as well as advanced players who are preparing for competition.

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

    Alec (AJ) grew up excelling at many sports in Rochester, New York, including both baseball and table tennis. He was a multi-medalist at the AAU Junior Olympics in 1997-2001, earning 2 gold, 1 silver, and 4 bronze medals. After injuries sidelined him from an invitation to the major leagues as a left-handed baseball pitcher, AJ focused his attention more exclusively on table tennis. AJ trained and traveled to table tennis tournaments across the US, and quickly reached a high level of play with a rating of over 2400. He has been coaching table tennis for the last seven years, and is a USATT Certified Umpire. AJ has completed his certification as an ITTF Level 1 Coach and USATT State Coach.

  • Gregg Robertshaw, Coach

    Gregg is a USATT Certified State Coach and an ITTF Certified Level 1 Coach, as well as a USATT Certified Club Umpire. He has been a local player in the Cary area since 1993, after playing in Poughkeepsie, NY, for the previous 15 years. His experience in table tennis stretches over 4 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. In 2010, he was #15 in the country over age 50, and 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.

  • Danny Hill, Coach

    Danny is a USATT Certified Regional Coach, as well as an ITTF Level 1 Coach and USATT Certified Umpire. His experience in table tennis stretches over 3 decades, and includes coaching players across NC and SC, organizing table tennis clubs, organizing USATT sanctioned tournaments, and organizing a six-state, multi-club league. He has also owned and managed a sports club that focused on table tennis and built a junior program that developed two junior players who were ranked in the top 10 in the US in their respective divisions. Danny's skills include an expertise in long pips, and he is adept at coaching players who would like to develop the ability to play with, or against, long pips. Danny coaches in Triangle Table Tennis camps, clinics, and group lessons, and also offers private lessons.

  • Shengli "Jack" Wu, Coach

    Jack is a favorite coach with many of our young players, and leads popular camp and group lesson sessions as well as private lessons. He has completed the ITTF-PTT Level 1 Coaching certification, and is adept at working with players of all ages who use both shake-hand and pen-hold grips.

  • Tom Gabriel, Center Manager and Coach

    Tom has an ITTF-PTT Level 1 coaching certification, and he's a USATT certified state level coach, a USATT certified umpire, and a USATT certified referee, and is certified by the American Red Cross in First Aid and CPR. In addition, he has experience developing and supervising programs for youth and adults in various settings, including experience as: the Manager of NC Museum of Life and Science Summer Science Camp program, a high school history teacher, a tennis and racquetball instructor, and the organizer of a junior tennis league. While serving as the Manager of an Omega Sports sporting goods retail store in Durham, he helped found the Durham Table Tennis Club, where he ran tournaments and advocated for program enhancements. Tom has a BA in Philosophy, an MAT in Teaching, and a JD.

  • 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 as a USATT Certified Club Coach.