Gene Smith & several Buckeye student-athletes spoke Thursday morning at the GCSC Morning Sports Report.
Andy Teitelbaum is in his 20th season as the head coach of the Ohio State women's rowing team. As the only head coach of the Buckeyes since the program's inception in 1995, Teitelbaum has led the Scarlet and Gray to back-to-back NCAA and Big Ten championships and a total of five conference titles overall. Teitelbaum-led boats have won five national titles and 24 conference titles in event grand finals. Under his guidance, Ohio State is one of only four programs to qualify for the NCAA championships for 15 consecutive seasons, joining the ranks of Brown, Princeton and Washington.
The five-time conference- and four-time central-region coach of the year has produced 23 Collegiate All-Americans, including 16 first team honorees. Additionally, Teitelbaum has coached 39 All-Region and 39 All-Big Ten selections.
Academically, more than 150 student-athletes have been named Academic All-Big Ten honorees. Teitelbaum has helped over 400 Buckeyes to Ohio State Scholar-Athlete laurels.
Ohio State made history with its second-consecutive national title in 2014, becoming the fifth team to win back-to-back NCAA championships and the first since Brown in 2008. With gold medal finishes in the first varsity eight and second varsity eight, the Buckeyes became the fourth team in NCAA history to win both events at the national regatta in the same year. The first varsity eight ended the season with an unblemished 12-0 record for its first national title in the event, becoming the second-consecutive Scarlet and Gray crew to finish the season undefeated after the second varsity eight did so in 2013.
Five Buckeyes on the 2014 squad n Claire-Louise Bode, Victoria Lazur, Holly Norton, Ashley Bauer and Catherine Shields were named All-Americans. Shields collected Ohio State Female Athlete of the Year honors and became the fourth OSU rower to be named Big Ten Rowing Athlete of the Year. A fifth Big Ten title and third in four years was won in 2014 as the Buckeyes joined Michigan for the most team titles in conference history. The team posted five varsity wins en route to 164 points and a comfortable victory.
The Buckeyes broke through on the national stage in 2013, capturing their first NCAA national championship in addition to claiming national titles in the first varsity four and second varsity eight. In doing so, the Buckeyes became the first Big Ten rowing program and the first women's program at Ohio State to win an NCAA championship. In a record-setting year for Ohio State rowing, the Buckeyes won a second-consecutive national title in the first varsity four, which had previously brought home the program's first national title in 2012. In addition, the second varsity eight closed out the season with a perfect 12-0 record and its first national title. Bode became the first rower under Teitelbaum to earn Ohio State Female Athlete of the Year honors and the third rower to be named Big Ten Rowing Athlete of the Year.
Ohio State captured its fourth conference title at the 2013 Big Ten Championships. In a tightly contested championship, the Buckeye first varsity eight clinched the team title after placing first in the final race of the morning to tally 63 points toward the team total and championship record 160 points. Altogether, Teitelbaum coached five of seven crews (first novice eight, third varsity four, first varsity four, second varsity eight and first varsity eight) to gold medals.
The 2011 Big Ten Championship at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, Ind., was won by the Buckeyes in dramatic fashion, eventually paving the way for a 10th-place finish overall at the 2011 NCAA Championships. No. 10 Ohio State held a slim three-point lead over Wisconsin and a nine-point advantage over Michigan heading into the final race. A win or runner-up finish from the first varsity eight by the Buckeyes, Badgers or Wolverines would lock up the championship for that team. Ohio State crossed the line in 6:20.53 to take second place behind Michigan State, capturing its third Big Ten title. Ohio State won its second Big Ten Championship in 2006 courtesy of first-place finishes by the first and second varsity eights. Teitelbaum was named Big Ten Coach of the Year for the second time in his career, complementing his three CRCA Central Region Coach of the Year awards (2002-04). The 2006 campaign also saw Ninett Kossowsky garner Big Ten Rower of the Year accolades.
The Buckeyes reached the top of the national rankings in 2004, holding the No. 1 ranking for five-consecutive weeks. The first varsity eight went undefeated in dual races (8-0) throughout the regular season, garnering four-consecutive Big Ten Boat of the Week honors. Annabelle Fago, a member of the first varsity eight, became the second Buckeye to earn Big Ten Freshman of the Year accolades (Phaedra Giblin, 2000).
Teitelbaum and the Buckeyes' first Big Ten championship came in 2002 after four crews (first novice eight, second varsity four, second varsity eight and first varsity eight) won their respective Grand Final races. Conny Kirsch became Ohio State's first Big Ten Rower of the Year honoree and was the first rower in conference history to earn three First Team All-Big Ten honors.
Five of Teitelbaum's former student-athletes have earned the prestigious distinction of being inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame. Kirsch was the program's first inductee in 2007, while Maxi Meissner (2000-03) solidified her place in Ohio State athletics history with her 2008 honor. In 2009, Karla Fiserova (2001-03) became the third rower to earn the coveted status. Former assistant coach Diana "Didi" Albrecht (2002-05) was inducted as part of the Class of 2011 while Ninett Kossowsky (2002-06) was inducted as a member of the Class of 2013.
A native of Plainview, N.Y., Teitelbaum spent seven years as head coach of the Rutgers women's rowing team prior to taking over as head coach at Ohio State. At Rutgers, he developed a competitive program consisting primarily of novice walk-ons. His teams took Top-10 finishes at the Eastern championships in five of his seven years as head coach and Rutgers won the Womenrs Points Trophy at the 1995 IRA Regatta.
Before taking over as head coach at Rutgers, Teitelbaum served as the freshman lightweight men's coach. Under his leadership, Rutgersr crews raced for a dual record of 15-1, with his first crew posting an undefeated regular-season record. The team went on to take a silver medal at the Eastern championships.
Teitelbaum graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a bachelor's degree in economics from Rutgers in 1987. He resides in Columbus with his wife, Jennifer. He has a son, Benjamin.
Teitelbaum Quick Facts Born: March 1965 Hometown: Plainview, N.Y. High School: Bethpage High School Alma Mater: Rutgers, '87 (B.A. in Economics)
Coaching Career: Assistant coach, Rutgers, (1987); Women's Head Coach, Rutgers (1988-1995); Head Coach, Ohio State (1995-Present)
Coaching Highlights: Five-time Big Ten Coach of the Year (2002, 2006, 2011, 2013, 2014); four-time Central Region Coach of the Year (2002, 2003, 2004, 2013); 15-consecutive NCAA championship appearances (2000-14); five-consecutive Central Region titles (2003-07); five Big Ten Championships (2002, 2006, 2011, 2013, 2014); Women's Points Trophy at 1995 IRA National Regatta.
Student-Athlete Accomplishments: Teitelbaum has coached 23 CRCA All-America selections including 16 first-team honorees, 39 All-Region rowers, 39 All-Big Ten honorees, two Ohio State Female Athletes of the Year and four Big Ten Rowing Athlete of the Year selections, most recently Catherine Shields in 2014. Five student-athletes have been inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame: Conny Kirsch (2007), Maxi Meissner (2008), Karla Fiserova (2009), Diana Albrecht (2011) and Ninett Kossowsky (2013). Teitelbaum has produced 37 CRCA National Scholar-Athletes, 165 Academic All-Big Ten honorees and 408 Ohio State Scholar-Athletes.
Away from Rowing: Hobbies include playing piano as well as yoga and wood working.