Meet The Coaching Team
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Director of Coaching
In the hallowed halls of badminton history, a legend was born, a prodigy named U Vinod. At the tender age of four, he took his first steps onto the court, and from that moment, the world of badminton knew it had found a star in the making. The years rolled by, and with each passing tournament, he etched his name into the annals of greatness. Thomas Cup, Sudirman Cup, Asian Badminton Championships, World Championships, and the list of accolades seemed endless. He is a 10 Times National Champion while playing the national Championships finals an unimaginable 16 times. He was India No.1 for 8 consecutive years in Men’s Doubles, 5 consecutive years in Mixed Doubles and No. 5 in Men’s Singles. He soared to an IBF ranking of 28 in 1996, defying all odds to claim his rightful place among the best in the world. The World Grand Prix bore witness to his mastery, crowned a champion once, and yet, it was his unyielding spirit that made him a finalist, time and again.
In the new millennium, U Vinod stepped into the realm of coaching, imparting his wisdom to the next generation of aspiring champions. As the Indian doubles team's mentor for the Commonwealth Games, he instilled in them the same fiery determination that had fueled his own rise to stardom. The year 2001 saw him at the helm, guiding the Indian team as their coach, a beacon of inspiration amid fierce competition.
The legacy of U Vinod extended beyond the triumphs of his protégés, reaching far and wide, touching the lives of Arvind Bhat, Anup Sridhar, Ajay Jayaram, Daniel Farid, Ashiwini Ponnappa, Ashwini Bhat, Shikha Gautam, Prakash Raj, Kushal Raj, Sai Prateek, Prakash Jolly, Aditi Mutatkar, among many others. These well-known names in the badminton world owe their success to the profound influence of their mentor, who not only shaped their skills but also kindled a fervent love for the sport.
Srinath J. R.
Senior Coach (Junior & Sub-Junior)
From the early days of his career, he displayed his exceptional talent as a playing member of the Karnataka Senior State Badminton Team in 2002, 2003, and 2004. The titles began to pile up, as he emerged triumphant across various categories in Junior and Senior State Ranking Tournaments held in Karnataka between 1998 and 2007.
In the defining moment of his career, he etched his name in history as the Winner of the Karnataka "State Olympics - 2004" in Men's Doubles. Leadership beckoned, and he rose to the occasion, captaining the Bangalore University Badminton Team for three consecutive years from 2002 to 2004. He earned the honor of being the Captain of the South Zone Inter-Varsity Winner's Team for Bangalore University in 2004-05.
In 2011, he embraced the stage of the Karnataka Badminton League (KBL) as a playing member of Team White Peacock, captivating the audience with his extraordinary skills and sportsmanship. The corporate arena also witnessed his brilliance, as he bagged various Inter-Corporate Tournament Titles, both in team and individual events, representing Infosys between 2007 and 2016, earning the admiration of his peers and superiors alike. The year 2017 saw him as a playing member of Team Hyderabad Nawabs, dominating the 35+ Men's Doubles category in the Masters Badminton League (MBL) held at Chandigarh, emerging as the undisputed champions. He got the Silver Medal in the 35+ Men's Doubles category at the 42nd Indian Masters National Badminton Championships 2017-18, held in Visakhapatnam, AP. He represented Team Hyderabad Nawabs at the Hyderabad Master's Badminton League (HMBL) in September 2018.
As a coach, he is training and mentoring young talents at Selenite. He is responsible for shaping the playing careers of Sub-Juniors at Selenite Sports Academy. Srinath was the coach of Karnataka State sub-junior team in 2022. He is also coach of GPBL team Bandipur Tuskers.
In the intense realm of badminton, a true champion arose, leaving an unforgettable mark on the sport. In 2001, he claimed victory as Championat the Bandung Cup in Men's singles. The next year, he became the runner-up at DKI Jakarta. In 2004, he soared to triumph as Champion in Men's Doubles at the Mayor Bekasi Cup.
His determination remained unwavering, reaching the semifinals in men's doubles at Nort Jakarta in 2006. In 2007, he reached the finals at PBSI East Jakarta, securing the runner-up spot. In 2016, he triumphed as Champion in men's singles at the Media tournament. Forming another strong partnership in 2017, he conquered the men's doubles at the Inter Company championship. In 2018, he reached the semi finals in men's doubles at PBSI North Jakarta.
Coach Gielbert is an Indonesian Citizen and has been with Selenite Sports Academy for over 2 years. His amazing feeding help players hone skills and get better at the game. He works with players like, Daniel Farid, Sakshi Phogat and a set of doubles players.