We’d like to announce some imminent changes to the coaching program at the Austin Table Tennis Club. First, some background …
Earlier this year
As many of you will recall, on March 13th we had an open club meeting to collect feedback on the state of the club at the time, and especially on the coaching system. Many suggestions were shared and it was an extremely productive meeting.
The most significant output from that meeting was the eventual creation of the Coaching Development Committee (CDC) which the board appointed in the late spring. Right now the CDC is composed of Cesar Serna, Masoud Mojtahed, and Lifeng Liu. This summer they have volunteered their time and energy to design a new coaching system; last month they began working with the board to revise and tweak their proposal; and most recently, they have been collecting public feedback from members regarding the latest draft of the policy.
Changes coming soon
Head Coach Yang Yu has given notice that he will leave the club at the end of August, at roughly the same time that the new coaching system will start up. We do want to clarify that his departure was not a request of either the board or the CDC, but a personal decision to seek employment in a different profession.
As for the new coaching system, the details are still being worked out, but here are some of the things you can expect:
More diversity in coaching options, e.g. different pricing and skill levels
More opportunity for members to become coaches and offer their expertise to students
A continued youth program, with more structure, and more clarity regarding policies
A permanent volunteer committee to assist with coaching system administration (the CDC)
We are excited to finish our work with the CDC, and hopefully present a new set of coaching options that will address the suggestions and needs we heard from our members back in March!
We want to offer our sincere gratitude, appreciation, and good wishes to Yang Yu. When we brought him on board more than 3 years ago, there had never been a large or successful coaching program in the history of the club. Coach Yang has now worked thousands of hours to promote the club and our sport around the Austin area, has earned several impressive awards from the USATT, created a very popular coaching program from the ground up, and has contributed significantly to the overall growth of the club in these last few years. And that’s just the beginning of all the work he has done.
Yang, the club today would not be where it is today, without these past few years of your presence, hard work, and determination. We wish you the best of luck in your next endeavor. Thanks from all of us!
Ian Schumann & the ATTC Board
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