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Head Coach Wayne Chin has been playing table tennis since childhood, after seeing a Chinese film about table tennis that was made after President Nixon’s 1972 visit to that country.

He honed his skills throughout his teen years, eventually joining a table tennis club at SUNY Stony Brook, where he and his teammates competed with other students at intercollegiate tournaments hosted at Princeton University.

After transferring to Rutgers, Chin helped revive the Rutgers Table Tennis Club and became its president. He trained one summer at Princeton after the university hired Chinese coach Shao Pei Zen to train the school’s team and he became a regular at the New Jersey Table Tennis club, where he remains on the Board of Directors. When Chin graduated from Rutgers, he took a job teaching English in China and began training at the Guangzhou Part-Time Sports Training School before returning to the states.

Chin has established FIT as the premier venue for college table tennis, if not all table tennis, in New York City. He serves as the NYC Region Director of the National Collegiate Table Tennis Association. Chin also continues to train around the world.

What do you expect out of your players?
I expect them to enjoy playing. I hope that they will continue playing after they leave college. Table Tennis is an organized sport, in which the general public can play tournaments organized by clubs across the country. I want them to appreciate that it is both a world and Olympic sport, and more than just a couple of people casually hitting a ball back and forth on a rainy afternoon in the basement.

How do you determine the of selection of players during tryouts?
This is open team. There is both a recreational sport component as well as a varsity competitive component. Whoever comes down and wants to play can play.  It is out of the general group that plays the tournaments. They don't have to be the best, but if they have shown dedication and enjoy playing, those things are more important. 

How would you describe the team's atmosphere?
It varies from year to year. Some years we have some pretty good players and some years we have beginners. Some semesters the students are loaded down by work and some semesters they always come. But whatever the case is, the tables are busy and there is lots of "buzz" about table tennis. 

 

Assistant Coach Olga was born and raised in Estonia, part of former Soviet Union. She began playing table tennis at the age of 9 and was promoted to an advanced training group after just three years. Her public table tennis club took part in both national and international tournaments. When the Soviet Union collapsed, the public club was closed and she was forced to stop playing.

After graduating from college, she moved to the United States and looked for a table tennis club in New York City. That’s when she met Wayne Chin, who invited her assist him at FIT. 

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