Introducing PPC's Coaches & Staff


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Judy Hoarfrost

Judy was a member of the US National Team for a decade and represented the USA in numerous World Championships and international competitions. She was a member of the “Ping Pong Diplomacy” Team that made history in 1971 when they toured China and met Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai. She was many-times a US Junior Champion, 2-time US Senior Champion, a 3-medal winner of the Pan Am Games, and 2-time Oregon Champion for both Men & Women. Judy has spent a lifetime promoting the sport of table tennis, and has conducted hundreds of table tennis exhibitions and clinics. Judy was inducted into the USA Table Tennis Hall of fame, as well as the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame. She is the owner of Paddle Palace Table Tennis Company. 


Ryan Hoarfrost

Ryan is one of the top players in Oregon. An active
2100-level tournament player, he competes in regional
and national tournaments, including the US Open and
US Nationals.

Ryan has traveled to numerous World Championships and is inspired by the high-level international players he has met. As a full-time key Manager at Paddle Palace Table Tennis, Ryan is an equipment expert who continuously tests rubbers and blades. 


Xia Jiwei
Head Coach

PPC's full-time Head Coach, Xia Jiwei has outstanding success as both a competitor and as a coach in three countries: China, Japan, and USA. He is the highest rated player in the region, with a current USATT rating of 2650. Jiwei was a member of the Beijing Men's Team before attending school in Japan where he won national titles, and was a trainer and coach for the Japanese National Women's Team. He originally came to the US in 2011 as a trainer at the US National Team Training Camp, and has been a successful coach in the USA since then. Although he is an outstanding player, Jiwei's first passion is as a coach. He has an intrinsic understanding of the sport, employs effective modern coaching techniques, has special insights into the traits of each individual player, and has a special ability to communicate so each student has optimal results. 

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Sean O'Neill

Hall of Famer Sean O'Neill is one of the most decorated coaches and players in the US. We are thrilled to have him at PPC training Juniors every Sunday. Credentials:  

  • USATT highest rating: 2667
  • US Men's National Team Member (1983 - 1995) 
  • Two time Olympian (1988, 1992)
  • 5-time U.S. Men's Champion
    (1991, 1989, 1988, 1987, 1985)
  • US Table Tennis Paralympic Team Coach
    (2004, 2008, 2012)
  • 2006 World Para Championship Head Coach
  • 2007 USATT Hall of Fame Inductee



Cory Johnson
Director of Operations

Cory is a promoter and trainer for the sport of Table Tennis. Full-time at PPC, Cory takes care of members, runs leagues and tournaments, assists the head coach with classes, and gives private lessons. He is not only active in competitive play, but also regularly spectates professional tournaments, both national and abroad. He has trained all over the world–including China, Spain, and New Zealand– and has attended the World Championships in Japan (2009) and Holland (2011). 

  • ITTF PTT Level 1 Certified Club Coach
  • USATT tournament rating 2000-level
  • NCTTA Nationals qualifier, 2011-2012