Dirk Wagner is currently the Sporting Director and Chief Coach at Grenzau Table Tennis School.

He was the Head Coach at the Werner Schlager Academy from 2010 to 2016, Chief trainer at Borussia Düsseldorf from 2006 to 2010 where he won the German Cup in 2007 and 2009, the German Championship in 2007, 2008and 2009, and the European Champions League in 2008 and 2009, making Borussia Düsseldorf win the triple of European Champions League, German Championship and German Cup in 2009 (the first federation that won a triple).

He studied at the Academy of the German Olympic Sport Federation in Cologne.

During this lecture he talks in detail about the profile of a contemporary Table Tennis Coach, and all that one has to know, do and think about.


Part 1

In Part 1:

  • What it means to be a coach of a young player  (0:00-2:35)
  • Diagram of everything a contemporary table tennis coach is surrounded with  (2:35-7:54)
  • All the different roles a table tennis coach has to fill, and at what point they need to contact a specialist, especially working with young players  (7:54-17:08)
Part 2

In Part 2:

  • How to be a businessman and a table tennis coach & when to and when not to delegate (0:005:10)
  • How to organize your working environment & how to make a good structure, a good plan for your player so that you can focus on the day to day training (5:109:20)
  • How being a table tennis coach is a 24/7 job and why a table tennis coach needs to be proactive & how to make positive long term changes and effectively work with associations, clubs, parents, and players at the same time (9:2013:46)
  • Why you need to promote table tennis & how to deal with various types of media 13:4617:39
Part 3

Part 3

  • How to lead as a table tennis coach, the difference between leading and self promotion (0:00-1:59)
  • A  table tennis coach’s job is also to promote table tennis itself (1:59-3:15)
  • Why physical development is very important at the youth levels for a healthy, high performance table tennis player’s career  (3:15-8:57)
  • The adequate amount of table tennis practice per day for 12 year olds, how much Timo Boll, Bastian Steger trained & how to avoid burnout (8:57-13:57)