Meet Cole Rothenberger

Born in 2007, Cole is the youngest of six children.  His parents lost four children in pregnancy challenges yet never gave up hope.  Their relentless dedication to having a family has passed on to Cole in his dedication to going after his dreams.  From the time he was born Cole has known no limits.  If his older brother could do it, then Cole believed he could too! 

He spent many months in casting to attempt to correct his arthrogrypotic feet followed by even more months of physical therapy.  Being homeschooled he had the opportunity to spend time outdoors and being a child the way it is meant to be.  Playing in the dirt, running through the woods, cutting down trees, unclogging backed up creeks, and living life to it's fullest. 

It doesn't take long to realize Cole always has a smile on his face and a magnet personality that brightens your day just from meeting him.  He is thoughtful, humble, and compassionate.  He is thankful for all of those who have been part of his journey and can't wait to share the experience along side his supporters. 


Cole made a grand entrance into this world just shy of 6 weeks early.


Before his first year of life Cole won his first competition (a baby crawl race) despite a problem with entries which led to a rematch.  Cole won both times.


Cole shares his contagious gift of enthusiasm and team spirit to contribute to an undefeated season with fellow soccer teammates.  


A change of pace from the soccer field to tennis courts where Cole again keeps pace despite his physical challenges, winning multiple championships.

By 2020 Cole had started multiple businesses and supporting efforts to Ronald McDonald House of Delaware. His business partner, and brother, Spencer, continue to have thriving businesses which allowed them to purchase their first vehicle. 


A streak of bad weather led Cole indoors and to the discovery of a great love and passion for table tennis.  This quickly ignited an Olympic dream.
Within 2 weeks of his July 1st, 2023 international debut, Cole was selected to train at a high-performance camp in Slovenia. In the fall of 2023 he was selected as a developmental team member to participate in upcoming 2024 training in North Carolina.  His current main goal is to qualify for the 2028 Paralympics with an all-in effort to make the 2024 team!

***FUN FACT*** Before Cole ever knew who Jimmy Butler was, Cole was living out his own style.  His signature mismatched socks always accompany him wherever he goes - on and off the courts!

Following a Passion

Training Hours
Years Experience

Upcoming Tournaments

Butterfly Houston Spring Giant Round Robin May 18th, 2024
SATTC Pre-Summer Butterfly Open May 25, 2024
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In The News...

Cole Rothenberger training in Nacogdoches, Texas

Daily Sentinel

"The 16-year-old has become a force to be reckoned with and is a Paralympic hopeful because of soggy tennis courts..."
The Daily Sentinel newspaper in Nacogdoches, TX
Cole Rothenberger training group in Slovenia 2023


"Two youth team members, Samuel Altshuler (14) and Cole Rothenberger (16) showed signs of the bright future in the international Para table tennis. They are on track to be the main force, together with our already decorated youth athletes Ian Seidenfeld and Jenson Van Emburgh, in the 2028 Paralympics in Los Angeles, USA."
Cole training in Slovenia, Summer 2023

Cole's Blog

May 2, 2024
Texas State Championships 2024

As a passionate table tennis player, the anticipation leading up to the Texas State Championships was palpable. Competing in the U17 boys, U2000, U1800, and U1600 categories, I embarked on what would be a thrilling and challenging journey. Today, I'm excited to share my experience, the highs and lows, and the invaluable lessons learned along […]

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November 27, 2023
My first crocheting tutorial video

Thought you all might enjoy one of my passions and first business venture! A little throwback to the past on learning and teaching others how to crochet - enjoy!

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November 26, 2023
November 25th Tournament at HITTA

What an exciting day! After a week of training I got to participate in a GRR (Giant Round Robin) tournament followed by a blind-date doubles tournament. It was a fun-filled day with great competition and I am pleased with my performance. I made it to the finals in the C division and while I didn't […]

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Coach Daniel Rutenberg and Cole Rothenberger at Lasko, Slovenia training camp

Memories & Social Media

Gabriel and Cole at 2023 US Table Tennis Nationals in Fort Worth, TX
Cole at HITTA November 2023 tournament
Cole and Melvin Pace at Dallas Table Tennis Club
Cole with Jay Ahn and Yosef Lender at 2022 Table Tennis US Nationals
Friendly game with para teammate Sam
3rd place at HITTA Fall Tournament 2023
Cheering Tahl Leibovitz on at Butterfly Fall Open in San Antonio 2023
Cole playing international player at HITTA fall tournament 2023
Cole getting ready to return a serve at HITTA tournament November 2023

Let’s Get in Touch


PO Box 633333, Nacogdoches, TX 75961
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