2020 Para Team Coaches

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)

Angie Bengtsson - 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

- American Indian Athletic Hall of Fame (inducted in 1973)
- USA Table Tennis Hall of Fame (inducted in 1996)
- California Table Tennis Hall of Fame
- San Diego Table Tennis Hall of Fame

Keith Evans -Coach

Birthplace:  Kingston, Jamaica
Hometown:  Kingston
Current Residence:  Birmingham, Alabama
Email: keith9001@yahoo.com

Coaching career:

   • 1996 Olympic Coach for team Jamaica
   • 2004-2017 Collegiate Team Coach (12 National Team Championship Titles)
   • 2007-2015 US National Cadet Team Coach 
   • Since 2011 US Para Team Coach

Vlad Farcas - Assistant Coach

Birthplace: Romania
Current Hometown: San Antonio, TX

  Playing Career:

  - 
Highest Rating USATT : 2317
  - Highest Ranking: 80 in Romania for Seniors
  - Highest Ranking:36 in Romania for Juniors
  - Last 16 in 2019 World Championship of Ping Pong

  Coaching Profile:

  - ITTF-PTT Level 1 Certified Coach
  - Assistant coach and sparring partner for Romania Paralympians: Bobi Simion    (Men’s Class 6) and Makszin Dacian (Men’s Class 3)
  - Coach at E4Hats TTC (Fullerton,CA) -Jun-Aug 2017
  - Coach at Bamboo Table Tennis Club (Cluj,Romania) - Sep 2017-Aug 2018
  - Head Coach and President at San Antonio Table Tennis Club- Sep 2018 -       Present
  - Coach of Para National Team Player Jenson Van Emburgh since Aug 2019
  - Coach of Gabriel Diaz DeLeon (2019 US Nationals Class 1-2 Gold Medalist)

Cole Ryberg - Assistant Coach