Larry Hodges

USA Table Tennis Hall of Famer Larry Hodges has spent most of the past two decades coaching at the Maryland Table Tennis Center in Gaithersburg, Maryland, along with co-coaches Cheng Yinghua and Jack Huang. He is certified as a National Coach, the highest level of coaching certification in USA Table Tennis. He was also one of the initial two ITTF certified coaches from the U.S. in 2010. He maintains the coaching site, with numerous coaching articles, videos, and his daily table tennis blog. 

He’s a former chair of the USATT’s Coaching committee. In 2002 he was USATT’s Developmental Coach of the Year; in 2007 he won the USATT President’s Award; and in 2014 he was named the USATT Doc Counsilman Science Coach of the Year. He has been the match coach for over 200 Junior Olympic and Junior National gold medalists, more than any other USA table tennis coach. He has worked with many of the best players in the country, both in Maryland and as manager and later director and a coach at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs from 1985-1989. For many years he coached the U.S. National Junior Team at tournaments in the U.S. and around the world. 

As of January, 2015, he was the author of over 1500 published articles in over 140 different publications, including over 1300 on table tennis, over half of them coaching articles. He is the author of eight books, including six on table tennis. 

Larry began playing table tennis in 1976 at age 16. He has been ranked among the top 20 players in the U.S. and has won state championships in Maryland, Colorado and North Carolina. He was U.S. National Collegiate Doubles and two-time National Team Champion for the University of Maryland, where he received a bachelor’s degree in Math and a master’s degree in Journalism. Although he normally uses sponge, he also has 19 national titles in hardbat table tennis, including U.S. National and U.S. Open Singles Champion, 13-times National or Open Doubles Champion, and 4-time Over 40 Champion. 

When he’s not coaching, playing, or writing about table tennis, Larry enjoys reading and writing science fiction and fantasy—he’s a member of Science Fiction Writers of America, with over 70 short story sales and a novel.