Colorado Springs, Colo. – Texas Wesleyan Table Tennis now boasts two hall of fame members on staff, as women’s coach Doru Gheorghe, joins head coach Jasna Rather in the United States Table Tennis Hall of Fame. The Romanian born legend continues to expand on his already illustrious career with the much deserved award.
Coach Doru started his coaching career in 1987 at the local level, before being named the Romanian national team coach for 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. In 1998, he took over as coach of the United States Women’s Team.
At the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008, he led Team USA to a quarter-final and Team USA member Wang Chen to a singles quarter-final.
Gheorghe is a four-time National Coach of the Year.
“In the United States, the biggest honor in Table Tennis is to be inducted in the USA Table Tennis Hall of Fame,” said head coach Rather, who was inducted in 2011. “Texas Wesleyan Table Tennis is proud to have Coach Doru as the recipient of this prestigious award. I have had the privilege of knowing Doru for over 25 years. He is an amazing colleague and friend, who, after 20 years of contribution to the sport here in the U.S., deserves to be recognized.”
Gheorghe began his Table Tennis career as a player, competing for over 13 years. He won 15 Romanian National Championship titles while also competing in four world championships, three European championships, and many more international championships.
Texas Wesleyan has won 69 Table Tennis National Championships since the program’s inception in 2002. This season, the team won four titles: Women’s Team, Women’s Singles, Men’s Doubles and Women’s Doubles.