Class of 2017 - NCTTA Qualifies Coaches Under New Program

By Matt Hetherington | Sept. 07, 2017, 10:08 a.m. (ET)

The weekend ended with 13 more coaches than it started with as the NCTTA successfully launched a new coaching certification program. The University of Iowa were hosts for the debut event which saw 13 successful candidates become NCTTA Certified Coaches. 

The NCTTA program continues to build from strength to strength through the efforts of Willy Leparulo and his dedicated team, now branching out to educate more NCTTA alumni and players to help grow the sport in their colleges by giving them the tools and certification they need to help develop and encourage new players in their schools. 

Encompassing parts of the ITTF and USATT Coaching certifications, the NCTTA Coaching certification is specific to teaching in a college environment, including campus recreation and university policies - things which are important to the roles of College coaches. 

The Coaching Course involved 5 sessions, 4 of those were instructed by USATT's stalwart of coaching instruction - Mr Richard McAfee, while the 5th was taken by Willy Leparulo, President of the NCTTA.

Richard then continued on after the course to teach 4 individuals from the NCTTA to become Course Conductors for the newly created program. This paves the way for the expansion of the certification across the country and hopefully a new period of growth for College Table Tennis in the USA.

Congratulations to the new NCTTA certified coaches and a special thank you to Willy and his team on the NCTTA Coaching Committee, along with Richard McAfee for being an outstanding course conductor, to Joola USA for their provision of equipment and balls for the course, and also to the University of Iowa for hosting the debut event!

You can find out more about the National Collegiate Table Tennis Association by visiting their website - HERE.