Meet a Coach: Joey Mayeda


Ping Pong Past: Joey picked up Ping Pong at the age of 18, when he and his father began frequenting the community center after school where Joey found himself getting schooled in Table Tennis by his dad. Joey’s drive to become more competitive against his father and build his skills resulted in a routine; Joey and his dad would practice a few times a week. Joey eventually signed up for a Ping Pong class at Portland State to further refine his technique where his love for the sport grew.

Despite his skill level, Joey enjoys casual playing atmospheres and is also a regular, like many Pure Pong players, at the Blitz pubs where he has been victorious in countless tournaments. Having taken the ITTF coaching course taught by Christian Lillieroos, Joey is now a certified club coach—coaching all levels of students at Pure Pong in the Pearl, and developing his skills by participating in many of Pure Pong’s tournaments and leagues.

When he puts the paddle down: Outside of Ping Pong, you can find Joey cheering on the Portland Trailblazers, rocking out to Led Zeppelin, eating sushi, and using his left hand predominately. Joey also used to play the clarinet. Have any Table Tennis equipment questions? Joey can help. The Pure Pong coach is a major Table Tennis equipment junkie, and can help you determine what paddle and equipment is right for you, and the best way to get your mitts on it. Joey also assembles and builds customized paddles at Pure Pong!