Free group coaching is offered each Sunday afternoon at Lucky Shoals at 1:30. The coaching sessions last 1 hour and 30 minutes. To reserve a spot, e-mail See our TRAINING GUIDELINES for more information.

ALL AGTTA Coaches are USOC and USATT Certified Safe Sport Coaches and ALL have Coaching certificates from either the USATT, ITTF, or both.

Our current coaches coaches are pictured below, with some background information about each one.

Michael Chu

Michael began playing in 1990 has been competing on the collegiate level since 1991. The first
tournament was the Westfield Open where he won the U1600 event. He has been coached by and
trained with the Chinese regional and national team members. Current estimated U.S. rating is 2000.

Petro Stirbu

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Petro Stirbu is a USATT Regional Coach, an ITTF Level 2 Coach, and a PTT certified coach. Petro has been one of the top players at AGTTA for many years. Able to work with all levels of players and particularly with advanced players, Petro’s positive approach promotes focused improvement and an enjoyable experience.

Yan Sherman

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Yan is one of our most dedicated coaches and a favorite training partner for some of our top players. With an emphasis on technique, consistency, and creativity, Yan is able to assist new players with the skills they will need to be successful.

Oscar Rodriguez


Oscar has been a member of AGTTA since 1985 when the club used to be located in Peachtree Hills!  That’s a long time ago!  He has learned the game from local legends Thomas Nunes, George Cooper, James Williams and many more.  Though still learning new shots every day, he has been fortunate to play Tournament Doubles against Jimmy Butler, Scott Butler and Michael Hyatt to name a few.  Oscar has attended Table Tennis Seminars held by highly esteemed national coaches like Scott Preiss and Richard McAfee.  Oscar’s style is an all-around game; from wicked slow loops to off-the-table chops.  Highest League Rating is 1859.

Playing 2-3 times a week, Oscar also enjoys coaching soccer locally with Tysa (F-Level License) and loves playing most sports including tennis, badminton and golf.  Passing on the great game of table tennis is a passion which he’ll do enthusiastically!

Henry Zhou

Henry is a Penhold  Pips out player with a USATT rating of 2045.
He has been playing Table Tennis since he was 8 years old in China.
Certified by USATT  for Coaching kids.
Henry was a member of the winning team 2018 Georgia Games, Georgia Cup Competition,
Known around Atlanta as Atlanta Magic player, Henry has a profound love for the sport and the contributions it has to his health and livelihood.

Jie Chang


Coach Chang has been volunteering his time and experience to the AGTTA coaching program for many years. He is able to work with beginner players as well as the most advanced. Group lessons introduce players to proper technique and footwork. Coach Chang is a USATT Regional Coach, ITTF Level 2 coach, and a certified Para Table Tennis coach. He has a USATT best rating over 2000.

John Garrett

John is a USATT certified instructor and state coach and also an ITTF /PTT Level 1 coach. Mostly he works with beginner to intermediate players with emphasis on basic fundamentals of form, footwork, serving, and tactics. He started TT in 2013 and is an attacking style intermediate player with a 2017 Georgia Games gold medal in under 2000 Division.