Meet Our Coaches
Advanced Boys & Masters Head Coach and Director of Programs
Yan Vengerovskiy is a former member of the Ukrainian National Rowing Team, and a graduate from the top sports institute there. 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 the Maritime Rowing Club, both of Norwalk, CT. Yan coaches all levels at the boathouse 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 individual, or individuals, who has made significant and outstanding commitments in support of rowing.
Freshmen/Novice Boys Head Coach and Co-Director of Programs
Olga Vengerovskiy 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.
Master’s and Girl’s Head Coach
Anna graduated from the Saint-Petersburg State Academy of Physical Training named after P.F.Lesgaft as a Coach. She worked as a sportsman-instructor of the rowing department of Complex Sports Children-Youth School of the Olympic Reserve from 1999-2002. During this time she was also a professional rower, and a member of the Russian National Rowing Team from 2000-2005. Anna was a 7- time Russian Champion in the Women’s lightweight 1x, and Women’s lightweight 2x. She participated internationally in the World Championships in 1999, 2000, and 2001, and in United States regattas during 2007-2008.
Master’s and Advanced Boys Team Assistant Coach
Yuliya Chagina graduated from Lesgaft National University of Physical Education with a degree in Sports and Health. Yuliya 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.