Rather Named as Para Program Manager for 2012

Feb. 24, 2012, 9 a.m. (ET)

USA Table Tennis is pleased to announce that Jasna Rather has been selected to serve as the Para Program Manager for 2012.  Jasna was one of six applicants for the position.  The interview panel consisted of Para athlete and member of the High Performance Committee, Pam Fontaine, High Performance Committee Chairman, Ross Brown, Para athlete and member of the USATT AAC and Para Development Task force, Andre Scott, Para National Team Coach, Daniel Rutenberg, USATT AAC Co-Chair, Ashu Jain and USATT High Performance Director, Doru Gheorghe.

 Jasna is an Olympic Games Bronze Medalist in Women's Doubles (’88) and currently serves as the Head Coach of the Texas Wesleyan University Table Tennis program.  She will conduct the business of the Para Program Manager position remotely from her home and will begin her duties right away.

"I am pleased to be associated with the US Paralympic Team." Jasna Rather

"I'm thrilled to have Jasna joining USATT as our Para Program Manager.  I know our Para athletes will benefit from her strong table tennis background, experience working with disabled athletes and strong organization skills. This is demonstrates how important are our Para Table Tennis athletes and initiatives in U.S. table tennis!  We are looking forward to working with Jasna! -  Daniel Rutenberg, USATT Paralympic National Team Coach

“I am very happy to have Jasna, who understands the needs of athletes and has so much experience and knowledge of table tennis high performance, managing the US Paralympic Team programs. It is definitely a step forward for US Paralympics development. Welcome on board Jasna.” - Teodor "Doru" Gheorghe, USATT COO & High Performance Director

“We are very pleased to have Jasna serve USATT and our Para athlete community in the capacity of Para Program Manager.  She brings to the position a unique and enriched experience as a player, coach and administrator.  We believe that Jasna will manage the program to the high confidence level that it deserves.” - Michael D. Cavanaugh, USATT CEO