Jörg Bitzigeio, currently manager/coach of US’ top male player Kanak Jha and former USA Table Tennis High Performance Director, can look back on a long career in table tennis in various positions.
Having been an international pro player for Germany in his early twenties, Jörg got Master Degrees in Sports Science and Sports Business while also completing Germany’s high performance coaching education to become an A-coaching license holder.
At the age of 28, Jörg became the youngest National Team Head Coach and Olympic Team Coach when he took over the German Women Team for 7 years. He established and led Europe’s strongest international training group in female table tennis that resulted in a Bronze medal at the 2010 World Team Championships. the first medal at World Championships for Germany’s Women’s team since 1997. Later Jörg changed the position to become the Youth Head Coach for another 4 years. During this tenure he placed several German players at world class level by leading them to win several titles at European Championships and Europe Top 12 events in Adult, Junior and Cadet categories.
After leaving Germany in 2017, Jörg moved to the US for 2 years being hired by USA Table Tennis as their High Performance Director to built structures and managing the transition and establishment at USA Table Tennis from talented Hopes to successful adults on World level. This resulted in three players in Top 30 in Adult World Rankings and No.1 rankings in U18 World Ranking in both genders, additionally in a Gold medal of the US men’s team at the 2019 Pan Am Games, and a Bronze medal at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, both medals have been the first ones ever for US male table tennis athletes in history.
Jörg has established a reputation as one of the most credentialed director, manager and coach in Europe and the Americas, providing leadership, sports management and high-level coaching. Being awarded USATT National Coach of the Year in 2017 and 2018 underlines his kudos.
However, even after returning to Germany in 2019, Jörg never stopped supporting and developing table tennis athletes from the US, and by mentoring and coaching Kanak Jha, US’ top male player, on a day to day basis since then, he showed his ongoing passion to continue what he started in the US some years ago.
Creating a promising project and leading an international center like 888 Table Tennis is a new challenge for Jörg and he is excited to continue working with players and coaches of all levels at 888 Table Tennis, at the same time he is welcoming all guests and partners joining this thrilling ride.