Meet Our Coaches
Boys High Performance Coach
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.
JV/Novice Boys Coach
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.
Director of Operations and Boys High Performance
Girls High Performance, JV, Masters and Learn-to-Row Development Coach
Yulia graduated from the Lesgaft National University of Physical Education with a degree in Sports, Physical Education and Health. NSCA – CSCS certified (2020). Before taking the Head coach position of the Girls team in 2018, Yulia worked as an assistant coach with the Varsity Boys program since 2013. Yulia is a Russian National Champion with 1st place in both the Women’s 4x and 2x. As a member of the Russian National Team, placed 6th in the Women’s Senior 4x at the 2009 World Championship, Poznan. 2011 Coastal Rowing World Championship, Bari – 2nd place in 2x.
Girls High Performance, JV and Learn-to-Row Development Coach
Catharine brings a wealth of experience to Maritime Rowing Club, having coached youth and collegiate rowing since 2009. She led youth women’s programs that qualified boats for Youth National Championships, Scholastic Nationals and finals at Club Nationals. Most recently, Catharine was the assistant coach for the men’s and women’s rowing programs at Iona College.
Catharine holds a BS in Business Administration from Babson College as well as an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business. From 2011 through 2016, Catharine served in the USRowing Referee Corps, and since 2015 has been a member of the USRowing Safety Committee.
Director of Rowing Programs and High Performance Boys Coach
Sharon joins the Maritime Rowing Club coaching staff after many successful years of leading the Saugatuck Rowing Club’s juniors and masters. During her time at SRC she led numerous crews and athletes to top finishes at Youth Nationals, Club Nationals, Head of the Charles, San Diego Crew Classic and Masters Nationals. She has also sent many junior athletes to row at top level colleges as well as the U19 and U23 World Championships.
Sharon graduated from Rutgers University with a B.S. in Exercise Science and Sports Studies and is a 3 time USA National Team member, placing second at the 1998 U23 World Championships in the 4- and 4th at the 2005 World Championships in the 8+. She also has top finishes in the 1x and 2x at US Nationals, Canadian Henley and Head of the Charles.
High Performance Boys, Masters and Learn-to-Row Development Coach
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.
Novice/JV Boys and Learn-to-Row Development Coach
Girls Coach and Masters Coach
Danny began rowing in 2013 at Pelham Community rowing and has since rowed for the New York Athletic Club and the United States U23 and Senior National teams. Danny has won the Head of the Charles, Head of the Schuylkill, Head of the Fish, Dad Vail Regatta, National Selection Regatta, US Trials and USRowing Club Nationals and is a bronze medalist at U23 Worlds in the lightweight 4x. Danny began coaching in 2014 and enjoys teaching others the benefits of discipline and working well as a team through rowing to athletes of all ages, from middle schoolers to masters. Danny is currently studying Exercise Science at Manhattan College and hopes to use his education to help others develop as athletes.
Learn-to-Row Development Coach
Gina began rowing with Maritime in 2000 with Yan as her first coach. She started coaching middle school athletes in the Fall of 2006 and has been an integral part of the Youth Learn to Row Program ever since. Gina’s goal is to help introduce the fabulous sport of rowing to all interested kids. She strives to help everyone have fun while making new friends and getting fit!