Tao Li played table tennis professionally for the Hebei Provincial Team in China from 1985-1991 and won a gold medal at the 1989 Chinese National Junior Championships! In 1995, he began his career as a table tennis coach at the Beijing Jiaotong University in China.
In 2000, he moved to Canada to coach the British Columbia Men's and Women's teams. Presently, Tao is a well-respected NCCP Certified Level 3 coach at the Greater Vancouver Table Tennis Association. He also holds a Bachelor of Physical Education from Beijing Sport University.