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Nabil Matmati - Club Instructor

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*Obtaining USATT Club Instructor Certification 

*Safesport Certified

I started playing table tennis when I was 12 years old. I was recruited by my hisotry and geopgraphy teacher Mrs. Bayou who was a player on the Algerian Table Tennis National Team. I played with the Staoueli DRBS Table Tennis Club Team for 8 years in the Algerian National League. After that, I stopped playing for many years until I joined GVTTC in 2014. I had the priviledge to be coached by Ray Mack, Vlad Kesha, and AJ Carney. My kids had the opportunity to be coached by Horace Byfield in the GVTTC junior program. I have always been interested in coaching and working with juniors. I would like my contribution to the sport to be in coaching juniors and help them to learn this great sport and have fun while doing so. I strongly believe that we must educate the youth in table tennis to secure the future and to continue the development and growth of the sport.

Ahmet Okutan - Club Coach

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*Obtaining USATT Club Coach Certification 

*Safesport Certified

I started playing table tennis in December 2016 when I was 40 years old. It grasped my attention and I was hooked. For the last couple of years, I have been working to improve my weaknesses and to understand the theory and tactic parts of the game. Paying attention to using the proper technique and continuously working to support the weaker parts of the game are two important keys to improve fast. After only a few years of playing, I have quickly excelled and raised my level of play. Now, I want to coach so I can help my young son improve his game as well as anyone else who is motivated to learn and wants to improve further. 

Dustin Zemaitis - Club Coach

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*Obtaining USATT Club Coach Certifcation 

*Safesport Certified

Ping-Pong captured my interest at a very young age. I joined GVTTC back in 2006 and have been a dedicated member ever since. Over the years, I worked on developing my game with everything GVTTC had to offer: open play practice, various leagues, and eventually competitive play in tournaments. For the last two years, I have been coaching part time. Now, I am looking to further develop my skills as a coach and am very excited to start this next chapter. I love this sport and I am ready to share my knowledge that I have accumulated over the past 13+ years with anyone that wants to learn and improve their game.  

AJ Carney - Head Coach

*ITTF Level 1/USATT State Level Coaching Certification

*Safesport Certified

I grew up in Rochester and have been a part of GVTTC since my dad (Wayne Carney) brought me to watch him play over 25 years ago. I am excited to say that after being away for the past 7 years, I will be returning as Head Coach of GVTTC.

I helped start Triangle Table Tennis (the largest club in USA) in Morrisville, NC back in 2014 where I was the Assistant Center Manager and Senior Elite Coach for the last 5 years. I have learned a lot throughout my time there and am very excited to bring back my knowledge, ideas, and experience to GVTTC.

I will be focused on hosting training camps, group lessons of various skill levels, private lessons, creating a new exciting Open League concept for Friday evenings , growing our tournaments, building our youth/junior programs, and bringing in new faces!

If any of you need to contact me, my cell phone is 585-402-4204.

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