Meet Our Coaches
Varsity Boys 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.
Novice/JV 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, Varsity Boys and Learn-to-Row Development Coach
Girls High Performance, JV, Masters and Learn-to-Row Development 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.
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 Varsity 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.
Novice/JV 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.
Brandon S. Tucker
Masters, Novice/JV Boys, Learn-to-Row Development
Brandon began his coaching career in the 2011 spring season with a 2nd place State finisher and 4th place SRAA finisher at C.D. Hylton in Woodbridge, Virginia. From there Brandon continued coaching successful teams while continuing to gain knowledge and experience.
His most notable accomplishments are several undefeated seasons with multiple high school and masters teams. James River Men’s 2x and Women’s Freshman 8+ both remained undefeated in regular season and became 2013 EVSRA Champions; the Men’s 2x were champions at VASRA State Championship Regatta. In 2014, Brandon was offered a position with River City Crew Club where his Men’s 1x, and Novice Men’s 4+ remain undefeated in Sprint season. At Mid-Atlantic Regionals, his Men’s Novice 4+ also won Gold and his Men’s 1x Bronze.
In 2016, Brandon moved to become Program Director of Northern Virginia Rowing Club, where he had immediate success with two boats medaling at Masters Nationals. Overall, Brandon has had 8 boats medal at Masters Nationals during his two year tenure with the team. In 2017, he pushed his athletes, completing an undefeated season in the Women’s E8+ in both Sprint and Head Racing seasons. In that same season, his Women’s D8+ completed a nearly perfect season, taking Silver at Masters Nationals. NVRC’s Women’s E8+ became National Champions in 2017; the Women’s D8+, 2017, Women’s D4+, 2017, Mixed D4+, 2017, and Men’s F8+, 2016 were 2nd place finishers; the Women’s E4+, 2017, Women’s C4+, and Mixed F8+, 2016, placed 3rd.
In 2018, as Program Director of South County High School, his Men‘s Junior 8+ placed 1st at VASRA State Championships, and 4th at Stotesbury Cup Regatta. Under his leadership, South County’s team had their most winning season with boats medaling in every regatta. His leadership allowed the Women’s team to receive their first ever State medal, taking Bronze in the Junior 8+.
In 2019, Brandon became the Head Coach of the Row New Jersey Women where he quickly set program history. One boat, got 10th at youth nationals, the highest placement for the women’s program since its establishment in 2007. In the fall of 2019 the women also set another record for the program at the Head Of The Charles placing 39th in the Women’s youth 8 and received an automatic bid for 2020.
Brandon also brings a wealth of coxswain knowledge to the team. He has coxed competitively since 2007 and continues to do work with his coxswain‘s to hone and develop the skills necessary to lead their boats in race and practice conditions.
Novice/JV Boys and Learn-to-Row Development Coach
Novice Boys and Learn-to-Row Development Coach
Varsity Boys Assistant Coach
Following in his brother’s footsteps, Andrew began rowing at Maritime Rowing Club during freshman spring. After winning Nationals his senior year, Andrew went to the University of Pennsylvania to study chemical engineering and chemistry while competing for the Penn Heavyweight Rowing Team. Since graduation in May of 2019 he has returned to Maritime Rowing Club as a coach for the High Performance and Master’s Programs.