The full management team at Triangle Table Tennis.
Michael Levene, President
Michael previously worked as both an Accountant and IT Consultant for major IT focused companies, including Compuware and Unisys, and more recently has consulted for some of the world’s largest airlines, formulating solutions to complex Supply Chain Management issues. He is an avid Table Tennis player, and he has represented England Universities and Great Britain in World Maccabiah Games, and also played in the UK British League for Ellenborough in Enfield. Michael relocated from St. Albans in England to the United States in 2003, where he became a USATT Regionally Certified Coach. Additionally, he founded Smash Table Tennis, based in Herndon, VA, and grew that club to become the largest in the state.
Michael has Bachelors' degree in Econometrics and Social Statistics, and a Master's degree in Business Administration.
Thomas Gabriel, Center Manager
Tom 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. In addition, he has an ITTF-PTT Level 1 coaching certification, he's a USATT certified umpire and a USATT certified referee, and is certified by the American Red Cross in First Aid and CPR.
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.
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
Mike Babuin, High Performance Director
Dr. Mike Babuin serves Triangle as High Performance Director and is responsible for identifying and tracking progress of elite training opportunities for (primarily) mini-cadet, cadet and junior athletes at the Center. Mike will work closely and coordinate with the Triangle Coaching Team to help nurture and promote viable opportunities that can benefit deserving young athletes who show skilled and talented promise. These opportunities may include International, National, Regional, or, local opportunities in Morrisville at Triangles National Center of Excellence. Mike was responsible for arranging for a very special elite athlete visit from the Chinese National Team in 2014. As part of his duties, he will pursue arranging for additional elite training opportunities for Triangles developing athletes moving forward in coming months and years. Finally, Mike will seek sponsorship opportunities for developing athletes who demonstrate a positive attitude, commitment, skill, and talent in the pursuit of elite excellence – both on and off the court. Additional details of Dr. Babuin’s table tennis experience are found on the Triangle website under the Advisory Board listing.
Dennis Jenson, Center Coordinator
Dennis has served in the military as an active duty Army chaplain for the last 7 years and is currently in the Army reserves, serving 1 weekend a month. During his duty, he has had countless opportunities to counsel and encourage soldiers and their family members in times of great stress and need. He also took the lead in making opportunities for soldiers to get involved and connect with one another by taking them to orphanages, going whitewater rafting, paint balling, as well as having some relaxed time playing table tennis. Dennis is passionate about the sport of table tennis and enjoys helping others have a good time playing, too.