Personal: Tao Wenzhang started playing table tennis when he was 8 years old at a sports academy. Tao moved to Shandong Luneng Table Tennis Club to train professionally 2007-2014. Tao then moved to USA in 2014 to start coaching. He is the 2014 US Open Champion. He is now coaching at Swan Warriors Table Tennis Center in Sunnyvale, CA.

Birthplace: Hefei, Anhui (China)
Current Residence: Sunnyvale, CA
Home Club: Swan Warriors Table Tennis Center
Number of Active Years Coaching: 3

Coaching Achievements:

2017 ITTF PANAM CHAMPIONSHIPS

  • Helped coach (with Joerg Bitzigeio the USA National Team achieve 3 silver medals, 2 bronze medals awarded.


2016 MARK NORDBY DEVELOPMENTAL COACH OF THE YEAR

  • One of five top honors awarded by USA Table Tennis for coaches of the year.


MAIN COACH OF THE FOLLOWING STUDENTS

  • Nikhil Kumar from 2014 to Present

    • Made USA Mini-Cadet Team (2014, 15, 16), Cadet Team (2015, 16, 17), Juniors Team (2016, 17).

  • Kunal Chodri (USATT 2550) in 2017

    • Made USA World Championships Team.


What is your most memorable experience/result as a coach?

Train together with my students, watching them playing in tournaments, and enjoy the process of helping my students grow and progress in their table tennis career.