2017 Para Team Coaches

 

Daniel Rutenberg - Team Leader

Birthplace: Caracas, Venezuela
Hometown: Frisco, Texas
Email: ruternbergd@aol.com

 

Coaching Career: 
  • U.S. Paralympic National Team Coach – 2009 – 2012
  • Head Coach 2011 Parapan American Games, Guadalajara, Mexico
  • Head Coach & Team Leader 2010 World Para Table Tennis Championship Gwangju, South Korea
  • Head Coach & Team Leader 2009 Parapan American Championship, Margarita Island, Venezuela
  • Head Coach JCC Maccabi Games - Team Dallas 2005 - present 
  • USATT National Coach Level
  • ITTF PTT Level 1 Coach
  • ITTF PTT Level 1 Course Instructor
  • DFWTT Head Coach 1999 - present
  • USATT Junior Advisory Committee - Member 2010-2011
  • USATT Coaching Adivsory Committee - Member 2010-2011
  • USATT Para Table Tennis Task Force - Staff Liaison 2009-2012
  • Sport Information Supervisor NCTTA and ACIU Collegiate Championships at Texas Wesleyan University 2005 & 2006
  • Conducted several coaching clinics, exhibitions, training camps and private & public lessons for Para and able bodied athletes, as well as running tournaments for juniors and adult players nationwide

Awards:
  • 2010 USATT Paralympic Coach of the Year
  • 2009 USATT Paralympic Coach of the Year
  • 2005 USATT Volunteer Coach of the Year
Education:
  • Bachelor Degree in Business Administration
  • Masters in Business Administration
  • International Direct Marketer of the Year Award 2007
  • Fully Bilingual English/Spanish

 

   
 Mitchell Seidenfeld

Mitch Seidenfeld - Head Coach

Hometown: 
Minneapolis, MN
Email: ttminn@aol.com

Mitchell Seidenfeld brought a great deal of momentum into the 2008 Paralympic Games after winning two gold medals at the 2007 Para Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In Beijing, Seidenfeld was edged out of the medal equation when he lost the bronze medal match to Spain's Alvaro Valera.

Seidenfeld, a world champion player (1990, Class 8 Singles) and award-winning coach (2003 U.S. Olympic Committee Table Tennis Developmental Coach of the Year), played four years at the University of Minnesota, where he earned a degree in English.

  • 2008: U.S. Paralympic Team member, Table Tennis - Paralympic Games, Beijing, China
  • 2007: Two gold medals, Class 7 Singles, Class 7 Team - Parapan American Games, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 2005: Gold medal, Class 10 Team; Silver medal, Open Standing; Bronze medal, Class 10 Singles - Parapan American Table Tennis Championships, Mar Del Plata, Argentina
  • 2003: U.S. Olympic Committee's Table Tennis Developmental Coach of the Year
  • 1996: Silver medal, Class 8 Singles; Bronze medal, Class 6-8 Team - Paralympic Games, Atlanta, Ga.
  • 1992: Gold medal, Class 8 Singles; Bronze medal, Class 10 Team - Paralympic Games, Barcelona, Spain
  • 1990: Gold medal, Class 8 Singles; Bronze medal, Open Standing - World Championships, Assen, The Netherlands
  • Five-time Minnesota State Champion (1992, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003)

   

Gary Fraiman - Assistant Coach

Hometown: Clearwater, FL
Email: gfrai30841@yahoo.com

  • Belarus Junior & Men's National Team Member 
  • Head Provincial Coach, Minsk Province (Soviet Union) 
  • Head coach of the Sport School for Table Tennis , Derzinsk , Belarus
  • Arrived in the US in 1977 - conducted countless coaching clinics, training camps and private lessons as well as running tournaments
  • Certified by USATT as Regional Coach and ITTF level 1.
  • Recently relocated from Baltimore, MD to Clearwater, FL
  • Personal coach of US Para team members Jenson Van Emburgh, Tara Profitt and Valerie Ann Rolph

   

Angie Bengtsson

Angie Bengtsson - Assistant Coach

Hometown: 
San Diego, CA
Email: stellangie@hotmail.com

Playing Career

  • USA World Championships (1977, 1975, 1973)
  • US National Championships - Women's Doubles Champion (1982, 1980, 1979, 1978) 
  • National Sports Festival - Women's Singles Champion (1982), Mixed Doubles Champion (1982)

Hall of Fame Inductions

   
 Keith Evans

Keith Evans - Assistant Coach


Birthplace:  Kingston, Jamaica
Hometown:  Kingston
Current Residence:  Fort Worth TX
Email: keith9001@yahoo.com


Coaching career:
Keith Evans has been coaching professional table tennis for over 20 years. He has been a member of the Texas Wesleyan University coaching staff since 2004. He coached the RAMS to the NCTTA team title for the past six consecutive years.  Prior to Wesleyan, Keith served as Jamaica Table Tennis Association National Coach. He coached the Jamaican Table Tennis Team in the 1996 Olympics. Since February 2007, Keith has been serving as US National Cadet Coach.  Keith was the Assistant Head Coach for the 2011 Para Pan Am Games and will also serve in that capacity in London at the Paralympics in 2012. Keith was recently named the National Para Coach.

   

Stellan Bengtsson

 

Stellan Bengtsson - Advisor

Hometown: 
San Diego, CA
Email: stellangie@hotmail.com

Playing Career

  • World Championships - Men's Singles Champion (1971), Men's Doubles Champion (1973), Team Champion (1973)
  • European Championships - Men's Singles Champion (1972), Men's Doubles Champion (1976), Team Champion (1980, 1974, 1972, 1970, 1968)
  • European Top 12 - Champion (1980, 1973)
  • European Youth Championships - Junior Singles Champion (1970), Junior Doubles Champion (1970)
  • Swedish National Championships - 25 Gold Medals (7 x Singles Champion)

Coaching Career 

  • 3 years ATSV in Saarbrucken, Germany
  • 2 years Super Donic in Berlin, Germany
  • 4 years Swedish National Team
  • 5 years Danish National Team
  • 15 years Falkenberg Table Tennis Club in Sweden
  • 1 year Aspire Sports Academy in Doha, Qatar


 

Stellan Bengtsson