Teodor "Doru" Gheorghe - USATT National Women's Coach and USATT COO
11 Questions with Doru Gheorghe
1) Why do you play?
I stopped playing a long time ago so, my answers will be from a coach perspective.
2) Which is your favorite tournament?
US Nationals for domestic events and Olympic Games for international events
3) Who is your primary nemesis?
I don't have a nemesis. When I coach, I go for the win against any opponent or at least I make sure my player is gaining experience and become a better player.
4) What is your favorite game tactic to score?
Game tactics are based on opponent and my player skills/level so will vary from game to game.
5) Thoughts on the Poly Ball.
There were major changes in table tennis we had to adjust in the past 15 years. Polly ball is not a huge change from the celluloid ball. Looks like our National team players are adjusting successfully.
6) Toughest Loss?
Gao Jun loss against Tamara Boros in the quarterfinals at the 2003 World Championships.
7) Greatest Win?
All wins are great. Some are very special based on level of players and importance of the event. Probably winning against Romania and reaching QF at 2008 OG in Women’s Team event
8) How you prepare for a tournament?
As I said I do not play official events. How do I prepare my team for a tournament is specific to each player, importance of each tournament and peak performance planning stage?
9) When you see a new player at the club, what do you do?
Watch him, see how good he is and what potential he has to develop.
10) Player you would most like to play in a tournament?
The players you want to play are the ones that give you hard time so you will gain something from each match. Easy matches are not helpful for the development of your game.
11) If you had to face Kanak Jha (or Jimmy Butler, you pick) what would your game plan be?
I do not play but as coach I would have a plan that I cannot say it publicly. Coach - athlete confidentiality. ;-)