The People Who Make Us Amazing
HEAD COACH SHAHIN AKHLAGHPASAND
Head Coach/Youth Program Director
Shahin has won the Iranian National Championships in multiple categories from his start as a junior through open and senior divisions.
Shahin has played as a representative for the Iranian National Team from 1998 to 2017 having served as a senior advisory member and as the team captain.
As a representative, Shahin has competed in multiple major competitions including:
2004 Athens Olympic Games
World Championships from 2001 through 2016
Multiple Asian Championships and Asian Games in 1998 and 2010
German Bundesliga for two years
As a coach, Shahin is an ITTF certified instructor and has completed the Olympic Solidarity Course. He has worked for 10 years as a coach and developer for Iran's youth training program for players age 8-15. This includes high profile players such as Noshad Alamian who have shown their ability to break into the top 100 in the ITTF world rankings.
Coach Shahin has also been invovled with several programs globally including the following:
Coordination of national training camps with high level Chinese and Korean coaches in Tehran, Iran
Serving as a liason for the Werner Schlager Academy and the Iranian National team
Working with the German National Team Head Coach Richard Prause as an advisor to the Iranian National Team
Coaching during his tenure in the Bundesliga
Coaching and playing for Team Petroshimi in the Iranian Super League
Bato been playing serious table tennis at an early age. As a student at the University of Belgrade in former Yugoslavia, he was a top table tennis player and champion. He has over 10 years of experience as a private table tennis coach and consultant. He coached at the following facilities: Blazing Paddles, in Springfield, OR, iHouse in Corvallis, OR, Boys and Girls Club in Rockford, IL and Las Vegas Table Tennis Club in Las Vegas, NV.
His teaching style and training philosophy emphasizes precise stroke techniques, footwork, and strategic shot selection. He has taught over 300+ students and developed and successfully trained highly ranked players in the country. He also enhanced the skills of low rated players to achieve ratings over 2,000. His extensive knowledge about every aspect of table tennis including strategy and technique strengthened the game of all his students.
I have been playing table tennis around 8 years. For the last 4-5 years, I have been coaching. It all started when I moved to Thailand to teach English, I started a ping pong club at my primary school. Over the next year I moved to coaching at the city club, southern regional club and finally moved back to Bangkok and worked with Team 45 Degrees. Team 45 Degrees was a coaching team lead by P' Tasana a former Thailand Team member and Junior National team coach. During my time with Team 45 Degrees I worked with cadet/ junior national players and hopefuls for the teams all while coaching next to some of the best skill coaches in the world. When I moved back here, I continued to coach. I enjoyed coaching summer camps, paralympic players, and people from all walks of life. I currently assist with the fall program for youth and offer private lessons for both adults and youth.
Although relatively new in Austin's table tennis community scene, my TT career started when I was back in college in Taiwan where I was recruited and started playing competitively. After college, I went to Canada for
graduate school and kept playing both for Alberta and later Manitoba provincial teams for about 15 years. Throughout my playing years, organizing and volunteering were always part of my life with regard to table tennis. I have always felt that playing the sport and working for the sport go hand in
hand when you care so deeply to keep it alive and share it with others. I am fortunate to be able to do what I love which is to help promote table tennis, the sport, in my capacity at our beautiful facility here at the Austin Table Tennis Club.
I enjoy teaching and coaching all ages players especially in beginners where I love seeing the basic/solid fundamentals being taught and learned by my students.