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.
You can follow our coaches’ posts, including articles with helpful advice, diagrams and video links, in the Coaches’ Blog.
Contact our Manager on duty to arrange an opportunity to learn from a member of our coaching team.
Michael Levene, Director of Marketing and Coaching
Michael is an ITTF Level 1 coach, and a 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, and was a player/coach for GB National Maccabiah Team, Israel 2005, winning Men's Team Bronze. As a player, Michael has been a 3 time US Open finalist including International Veterans and Men's Over 40 Doubles. He was formerly ranked 57 in England Men's and 15 in England Veteran's. He has represented Great Britain 6 times in World Maccabiah Games; formerly an ITTF sanctioned event.
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 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), 2015 and 2016 Butterfly Cary Cup Championship Round of 16, 2015 April Open Tournament Open Singles Champion, 2016 Winter 2-Person Teams Champion, and 2015 and 2017 Triangle Upside Down Tournament Open Singles Champion. 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 a USATT State Coach. 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.
Rachid El Boubou, Senior/Elite Coach
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. He is the current reigning Lebanon Table Tennis Champion and has won this title 12 years, including 2017 and 2018. In addition to playing table tennis, Rachid has been coaching for more than eight years, including at two 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. As he moves to North Carolina, he plans to continue playing in tournaments, and currently has a USATT rating of 2495. Rachid loves the sport of table tennis and is excited to be able to coach at Triangle Table Tennis.
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.
Joe Borrelli, IPTPA Pickleball Coach
Joe has been in Raleigh with his wife, two children and 4 grandchildren since 1996. He is a retired IBM employee with 33 years of service between Endicott, NY and Raleigh, NC. In 2012, he began his pickleball career by competing in local and regional tournaments, winning several medals along the way with Gold Medals in the 2013 USAPA Atlantic South Regional Championship and the 2014 North Carolina State Senior Championship. Joe has been a USAPA ambassador at the local, district and regional levels, promoting the growth of pickleball in the Triangle, North Carolina and the 11 state Mid-Atlantic Region. As a 4.0 rated player with an IPTPA Certified Professional Coach designation, he's been instructing pickleball to all player levels for the City of Raleigh and several private communities in the Triangle area.
Rudy Patterson, Pickleball Coach
Rudy has been doing clinics in the Raleigh/Morrisville/Apex area for 3+ years. He teaches technique as well as strategy to all levels. Most of his students are at the beginner to intermediate level. He has also recently developed a pickleball program to teach people with Parkinson's disease. Rudy has been playing pickleball for about 4 years and has decades of experience playing tennis competitively, which is very similar. In 2008 he received the Fletcher award of excellence from Raleigh Parks and Rec for his contribution to teaching pickleball. He previously held the position as Raleigh's Pickleball Ambassador for the private sector. It gives him great pleasure to watch the growth of a person who starts as a beginner and progresses into an accomplished pickleball player. His clinics are designed for you to have fun while teaching you this wonderful game of pickleball.