Yan Vengerovskiy: Head Coach & Director of Programs
Yan is a former member of the Ukrainian National Rowing Team, and a graduate from their top sports institute. From 1973-1991, he coached the Soviet Union Junior Women’s National Team. In 1991, Yan and his family immigrated to the United States. He has coached at the Norwalk River Rowing Club, Fairfield University, and the Saugatuck Rowing Association. In 1996, Yan and his wife, Olga, founded the Water Sports Center and Maritime Rowing Club, both of Norwalk, CT. Yan coaches all levels and is most recognized for his work with the high competitive teams and their numerous achievements on the junior national level. In December 2011, US Rowing recognized Yan and Olga with the John J. Carlin Service award. Chosen by the USRowing Board of Directors, the award honors an individuals, who have made significant and outstanding commitments in support of rowing. P: (203) 854-5492 E:
Olga Vengerovskiy: Head Coach, Novice & Intermediate Boys
Olga is a former Open World Champion and Russian National Champion. She has extensive experience as a rowing coach. From 1980-1991, she coached at the Specialized School of Olympic Reserves in the Ukraine. After coming to the United States, Olga coached at the Saugatuck Rowing Association, and, together with Yan, founded the Water Sports Center in Norwalk. In December 2011, US Rowing recognized Olga and Yan with the John J. Carlin Service award. Chosen by the USRowing Board of Directors, the award honors an individual, or individuals, who has made significant and outstanding commitments in support of rowing.
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Dan Walsh: Director of High Performance & Development
Dan is an Olympian and U.S. National team member. He attended Northeastern University where he was a decorated rower for the NU Huskies and was inducted into the Northeastern Varsity Club Hall of Fame. From there Dan made his way to U.S. National Team, where he would compete for the next 12 years. In 2004, Dan participated in the Athens Olympic Games as an alternate fueling his fire to compete in Beijing in 2008 where he won a bronze medal in the men’s eight. After the Beijing games, Dan was awarded a rare key to the City of Norwalk and a proclamation of “Dan Walsh Day” from the Governor of CT. Upon retiring from professional rowing, Dan returned to his alma mater Northeastern University, where he helped the NU Huskies reach collegiate success during his tenure. In 2017, Dan returned to his hometown of Norwalk and the Maritime Rowing Club. It is the same river he rowed as a teenager, under coach and mentor Yan Vengerovskiy and where he will guide future generations of rowers.
Yulia Chagina: Girls Team Coach
Yulia graduated from Lesgaft National University of Physical Education with a degree in Sports and Health. Yulia worked as a consultant at the Strela boathouse and the Dinamo Rowing Club in St. Petersburg prior to her position here at Maritime Rowing Club. She is a Russian National Champion with 1st places in both the Women’s senior 4x, and the Women’s Senior 2x. As a member of the Russian Senior National Team, she earned 6th place in the Women’s Senior 4x at the World Championships in Poznan held in 2009. Yulia has competed with the U23 Russian National Rowing team, and as a member of the Coastal Rowing Russian National team she placed 2nd in the Women’s Senior 2x at the World Championship in Coastal Rowing in Bari. E:
Laura Rauchfuss: Girls Team Coach
Laura has been committed to rowing for 20 years. She began rowing at Johns Hopkins University, where she was team captain her junior and senior years and part of the women's 4+that qualified for the first ever NCAA Championship (1997). Laura continued her rowing career post-college in Philadelphia and went on to earn berths on 4 U.S. National Teams, including as alternate on the 2004 Olympic Team.She has various medals from National Championships, World Cup Regattas, and World Championships during this tenure. She was named USRowing's Women of the Year for 2001, holds the Max Heidere award for 2002,and was nominated for the US Olympic Committee’s Female Athlete of the Year. She has held previous positions ar Greenwich Water Club and RowAmerica Boat Clubs and is a certified Level III USRowing coach.
Johnston Tucker: Assistant Coach - Novice & Intermediate Boys
Johnston began rowing at the Maritime Rowing Club in 2009 where he competed for the club until graduating from New Canaan High School in 2013. He attended Ithaca College where he was a member of the rowing team for four years and Team Captain for both his junior and senior years. During his tenure as an Ithaca Bomber, he had the unique experience of participating as both a rower and a coxswain. Johnston spent his summers coaching at MRC and has now returned in a full-time capacity to aid in the training of the nation's next generation of elite junior athletes.