Andy Teitelbaum has been the face of Ohio State rowing since its inception in 1995. As the Buckeyes' first and only head coach, Teitelbaum has built a program that breeds the total student-athlete. His teams have attended 12 NCAA championships, including 11 consecutive from 2000-2010, won five-consecutive Central Region titles (2003-07), captured two Big Ten crowns (2002 and 2006) and has been a constant Top 20 fixture in the USRowing/CRCA polls. Also of note is his 16 Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) All-America honorees, as well as his 40 CRCA All-Central Region and 31 All-Big Ten recipients.
In the classroom, Buckeye rowers have thrived as well. Under Teitelbaum's tutelage, the program has collected 33 CRCA National Scholar-Athletes and 242 Academic All-Big Ten and 556 Ohio State Scholar-Athlete selections.
With a glance at Teitelbaum's Ohio State credentials one quickly notes the consistency he has brought to the program. With Ohio State's 11-straight trips to the NCAA championships, it joins only three other programs in the nation in achieving such an impressive feat - Brown, Princeton and Washington.
Of the 12 total qualifications to the national stage, 2007 has proved to be the Scarlet and Gray's most successful. As a team, the Buckeyes executed a third-place team finish at the NCAA championships, largely aided by the First Varsity Eight's silver medal. Preceding Ohio State's title run at nationals, the Buckeyes secured their fifth-consecutive Central Region crown, illustrating their dominance in a competitive division. Beginning the season on just as high a note as they ended it, the Teitelbaum-led Buckeyes defeated then-No. 1 and defending national champion Princeton. This was a glimpse of what was to come during the memorable spring season, when the First Varsity Eight would be ranked as high as No. 3 in the nation for the majority of the season.
The Buckeyes were continuing their climb as one of the top programs in the country in 2006. During the campaign, the Scarlet and Gray won its second Big Ten championship courtesy of Grand Final victories by the First and Second Varsity Eights. Teitelbaum was later named Big Ten Coach of the Year for the second time in his career (2002), complementing his three CRCA Central Region Coach of the Year awards from 2002-2004. It was also during the 2006 campaign Ninett Kossowsky garnered Big Ten Rower of the Year accolades.
Another memorable year for Teitelbaum came in 2004 when the Buckeyes reached the top of the national rankings and held the No. 1 standing for five-consecutive weeks. The First Varsity Eight was undefeated in dual races (8-0) throughout the regular season and garnered four-consecutive Big Ten Boat of the Week honors. Annabelle Fago, a member of the First Varsity Eight, eventually became a four-time All-America selection and was the second Buckeye to garner Big Ten Freshman of the Year accolades (Phaedra Giblin - 2000).
As one of just three teams in the conference to own more than one league title, Teitelbaum and the Buckeyes' first Big Ten championship came in 2002. Four boats, the First and Second Varsity Eight, Second Varsity Four and First Novice Eight won their Grand Final races. Conny Kirsch (1999-02) 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.
Three 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 2000-03 letterwinner Maxi Meissner 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.
A native of Plainview, N.Y., Teitelbaum spent seven years as head coach of the Rutgers women's rowing team. 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 in 1995, Rutgers won the IRA Regatta "Women's Points Trophy."
Before taking over as head coach at Rutgers, Teitelbaum served as the freshman lightweight men's coach. At RU, his boats raced for a dual record of 15-1, with his first boat 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.
ANDY 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 in 1987; Women's Head Coach, Rutgers 1988-1995;
Head Coach, Ohio State 1995-Present
Coaching Highlights: Two-time Big Ten Coach of the Year (2002, 2006); three-time Central Region Coach of the Year (2002-04); 11-consecutive NCAA championship appearances (2000-10); five-consecutive Central Region titles (2003-07); two Big Ten championships (2002, 2006); won points trophy at 1995 IRA National Championships at Rutgers
Student-Athletes Accomplishments: Teitelbaum has coached 16 CRCA All-America selections, including 10 first-team honorees, 40 All-Central Region rowers, 31 All-Big Ten honorees and two Big Ten Rowing Athlete of the Years, most recently Ninett Kossowsky in 2006. For three-consecutive years (2007-09), a rower - Conny Kirsch, Maxi Meissner and Karla Fiserova - were inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame. He has produced 33 CRCA National Scholar-Athletes, 242 Academic All-Big Ten honorees and 556 Ohio State Scholar-Athletes
Away from Rowing: Hobbies include playing piano as well as yoga and wood working