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Many Roles but Focus Remains Same – Ed Hogshead’s Many Avenues to Help Grow US Table Tennis

Many Roles but Focus Remains Same – Ed Hogshead’s Many Avenues to Help Grow US Table Tennis

Many Roles but Focus Remains Same – Ed Hogshead’s Many Avenues to Help Grow US Table Tennis
(BY FATEMEH PARYAVI)

At the Las Vegas 2017 Supermicro National Table Tennis Championships, there are people from various backgrounds and disciplines. Among those are US veterans and coaches, and amidst those, Director Ed Hogshead, who in his golden days was an A player, and had won many state championships—including but not limited to the Illinois State Championships of 1970, and leagues in Germany while he was enlisted in the army.

“I’ve always loved the game, and I like to help people. It kinda is an idea that I have a lot of experiences and I’d like to be able to share”, said Hogshead when asked about coaching Table Tennis. He also said that he is selective when coaching, since “I like to coach those who listen and generally younger—the youth”, he continued.

Other than playing and coaching professionally, Hogshead has been a professional referee, and an umpire. His first umpire experience was at the US open in New Jersey in 1969.  “I Umpired because to me it was better for the spectators to see what was going on in the match—to see the scores, I thought it was better for the players where they didn’t have worry about arguing if the ball hit the net”, Hogshead stated.

 

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