COACH PATRICK FURGASON
I’m a native Austinite and began playing at Austin Table Tennis at 12 years old. Having spent the majority of my life training, competing, and coaching here, I’m fully dedicated to this club and the sport of table tennis.
I have 5 years of coaching experience and have run Austin Table Tennis' Youth training programs under former Head Coach Ken Beauchamp, and current head coach Shahin Akhlaghpasand. I served as the head coach at Austin Pong Club for one year, and ran a business teaching group lessons to companies around Austin. I’m currently full time with Austin Table Tennis Association where I run our Junior training program, and teach private lessons.
I took my first lesson with Coach Ken Beauchamp in 2009 where I instantly fell in love with the sport, and immediately began training for competition. I’ve completed several both training and coaching clinics across Texas and the United states - including an intensive program in Atlanta with world ranked 20 (2014), Bojan Tokic.
Over the years I’ve completed all over the country and been fortunate to train with some of the country’s top coaches & players, including Yang Shigang, Bojan Tokic, Richard MacAhfee, Perry Schwartzberg and Kenneth Beauchamp.
Austin Table Tennis Club is extremely important to me and I’m fully committed to providing professional, diligent coaching not only to the Austin Table Tennis community, but Austin as well.
I work with students of all ages and skill levels and provide effective training to my students whether you’re looking to learn a new sport or compete on the USATT circuit.