Columbus, Ohio – Robbie Tenenbaum was announced as the associate head coach for the Ohio State women’s rowing team on Wednesday. Tenenbaum, a former assistant coach at Ohio State, returns to Columbus after stints at Miami (Fla.), Louisville, Clemson and Oklahoma.
“I’m incredibly excited to return to Columbus and be a part of this special program,” Tenenbaum said. “After being away for 11 years, it feels like coming home. I can’t wait to get to work with Coach (Andy) Teitelbaum and everyone at Ohio State.”
Tenenbaum assisted with the varsity boats, primarily the 2V8, and recruiting from 1998-2006 as a Buckeye assistant coach. In 2006, Tenenbaum was named the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) National Assistant Coach of the Year for his work with the Second Varsity Eight. He guided the 2V8 to a then program-best fourth-place finish in the Grand Finals. The 2V8 concluded 2006 with a 34-6 record and claimed titles at the Big Ten and Central Region regattas.
In addition to the national award he received in 2006, Tenenbaum was also named the CRCA Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year in back-to-back years (2005 and 2006). Under his instruction, the 2V8 finished fourth in the Grand Finals at the 2005 and 2006 NCAA Championships and claimed Big Ten boat titles in three of his final five years in Columbus. The 2V8’s Big Ten titles aided Ohio State in securing its first and second team conference titles in program history during the 2002 and 2006 seasons.
“We are excited to have Robbie back on staff at Ohio State,” head coach Andy Teitelbaum said. “Robbie has long been recognized as one of the very best assistant coaches in the NCAA rowing community, and it is with great pleasure that we are able to name him as our new associate head coach.
“Robbie was instrumental in helping Ohio State rowing attain national prominence in the early 2000s and we are looking forward to leveraging all of his talents towards the continued growth and competiveness of our program.”
Tenenbaum returns to Columbus after his latest stop, a two-year stint at Oklahoma, as an associate head coach. During his two years in Norman, Okla., Tenenbaum helped coach the Sooners to back-to-back silver finishes at the Big 12 Championships. He instructed Maegan Neihart, the 2016 Big 12 Rower of the Year, and Carlijn Hutter, the 2017 Big 12 Rowing Newcomer of the Year.
Tenenbaum and the whole Oklahoma staff was named the 2017 Region 3 Staff of the Year for their work this past season that included the aforementioned Neihart and Hutter being named to the CRCA All-Region team. Three additional Sooners were named to the All-Big 12 squad alongside Neihart and Hutter. Off the water, Tenenbaum had a total of 45 rowers earn Academic All-Big 12 honors in two seasons.
Prior to his tenure at Oklahoma, Tenenbaum spent a year at Louisville as an assistant coach. Tenenbaum helped the Cardinals end the regular season ranked in the final CRCA poll at No. 18. Tenenbaum helped Darya Marchanka earn First Team All-Region CRCA honors and had 10 CRCA Scholar-Athletes.
Tenenbaum spent five years working with the rowing program at Clemson University from 2009-2014. In his time leading the Tigers, they had four All-Americans, five First Team All-South Region rowers and 11 rowers named to the All-ACC squad.
Tenenbaum guided the Tigers' First Varsity Eight to the ACC Crew of the Year honor in 2011 while he coached the First Varsity Four to an ACC title in 2012. The best finish of his tenure by the Tigers during his tenure came at the 2011 NCAA Championships where they placed 15th.
Before his position at Clemson, Tenenbaum spent two years as the head women’s rowing coach at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla. In his two years in the Sunshine State, he produced one CRCA All-American, four All-ACC rowers and two All-South Region rowers.
His first gig after leaving Ohio State in 2006 was with the University of Washington. Tenebaum helped the Huskies finish 10th at the 2007 NCAA Championships as an assistant coach.
A native of Shaker Heights, Ohio, Tenenbaum earned a degree in marketing from the University of Tampa.