USATT Announces Roster of National Coaches

By USATT | May 11, 2016, 4:01 a.m. (ET)


Ten Selected for National Coaching Program


May 10, 2016 (Colorado Springs, CO) – USA Table Tennis (USATT) High Performance Director Cory Eider announced today that the following coaches have been named to the new National Team Coaching Program:


  • Lily Yip (Dunellen, NJ)

Playing Career:  2 time US Olympian; former US Women’s Team Member; former Chinese Professional Player. 

Coaching Accomplishments: Coached Lily Zhang to a bronze medal at 2014 Youth Olympic Games; coached 2014 and 2015 US Girls junior team to a bronze medal at the junior World Championships; 2004, 2010, 2013 and 2014 National Coach of the Year. 

  • Teodor Gheorghe (Colorado Springs, CO)

Playing Career: 15-time Romanian National Champion; long-time Professional player in Europe. 

Coaching Accomplishments: Romanian Olympic Coach; 4-time US Women’s Olympic Coach; US Women’s National Team Coach since 1998; 1999, 2003, 2007, and 2008 National Coach of the Year. 

  • Massimo Costantini (Milpitas, CA)

Playing Career: 1988 Olympian (Italy); National Italian Team Member for 23 consecutive years; reached a world ranking of #39. 

Coaching Accomplishments; 2011 and 2015 National Coach of the Year; coaches several current National and Olympic Team Members; former National Team Coach of Italy. 

  • Stefan Feth (Santa Clara, CA)

Playing Career: Former Professional player in Germany; German National Team Member 

Coaching Accomplishments: 2012 US Men’s Olympic Coach; US Men’s National Team Coach; primary coach of current Olympian, Kanak Jha; 2011, 2012, and 2013 National Developmental Coach of the Year 

  • Wang Qing Liang (Gaithersburg, MD)

Playing Career: US Open Semifinalist; US Open Finalist (U-21). 

Coaching Accomplishments:  Current coach of several National Team players; Head Coach of HW Global Foundation Junior Talent Development Program 

  • Zhou Xin (Milpitas, CA)

Playing Career: Former Chinese National Team Member; professional player in Swedish and Turkish leagues. 

Coaching Accomplishments:  2012 National Coach of the Year; current coach of several National Team Players. 

  • Han Xiao (Philadelphia, PA)

Playing Career:  Former National Team member; US Men’s doubles champion; US Men’s singles finalist, Pan American Games Team member. 

Coaching Accomplishments: Current coach and mentor to several US National Team players; coach of Timothy Wang at 2016 North American Olympic Trials. 

  • Sean O'Neill (Portland, OR)

Playing Career: Two-time US Olympian, 5-time US Singles Champion; 5-time Men’s Doubles Champion; 6-time US Mixed Doubles Champion. 

Coaching Accomplishments:  Three-time US Paralympic Games Coach; 2005 USATT National Coach of Year; 2010 National Developmental Coach of the Year. 

  • Maggie Tian (Milpitas, CA)

Playing Career:  Liaoning Provincial Team Member; top-80 World Ranking (U-21). 

Coaching Accomplishments:  Current coach of several National Team Players; Full time coach at ICC Table Tennis Center (Milpitas, CA). 

  • Samson Dubina (Akron, OH)

Playing Career:  US Men’s Singles finalist, former US Men’s National Team member 

Coaching Accomplishments:  2015 USATT Doc Counsilman Science Coach of the Year; owner and Head Coach, Samson Dubina Table Tennis Academy