June 4, 2010
CLEMSON, SC – Robbie Tenenbaum an assistant rowing coach at Clemson, has been named the Interim Head Rowing Coach for the Tigers as announced by Director of Athletics Terry Don Phillips Friday.
Tenenbaum has just completed his first complete season with the Tigers. He came to Clemson from Coral Gables, FL where he served for two years as the Head Women’s Rowing Coach at the University of Miami. Prior to his stint at Miami, he was an assistant coach at the University of Washington for the 2006-07 season, where he helped lead the Washington Huskies to a top-10 finish at the NCAA Championships.
Tenenbaum was an assistant coach at Ohio State from 1998-2006 where he earned the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association’s (CRCA) award for Assistant Coach of the Year in 2006. The prestigious award is designed to recognize an assistant coach who had success during the recent season, while demonstrating great team improvement from the prior season, fulfilling the team’s potential and demonstrating a high level of professionalism and integrity as a coach.
He received back-to-back CRCA Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year honors in 2005 and 2006.
Primary responsibilities for Tenenbaum at Ohio State included overseeing the Second Varsity 8+, and assisting with the varsity squad and recruiting.
Under his instruction at Ohio State, the second varsity eight boat finished fourth in the Grand Final in both the 2005 and 2006 NCAA Championships. The Buckeyes won both of their Grand Finals at the 2006 Big Ten and Central Region championships and had a seven-race win streak during the regular season.
In 2005, the second varsity eight also finished first at the Big Ten Championships. Tenenbaum helped guide the Ohio State first varsity four to a sixth-place finish at the 2004 NCAA Championships and a fourth-place finish in 2003.
In addition to university coaching, Tenenbaum was an assistant coach for the United States Junior National Rowing Team from 1996-2001. In 1996, his Junior Women’s eight took fourth at the World Rowing Championships in Scotland; a year later he was an assistant coach for the Junior Women’s eight that finished third at the World Rowing Championships in Belgium. In 1999, he was an assistant with the Junior Women’s eight that finished second in Bulgaria.
Tenenbaum assisted the Junior National Team during the summers of 2000 and 2001 when the Junior Women’s four won gold and silver medals in Croatia and Germany, respectively. Tenenbaum was named the head coach for the U.S. Junior National team in October 2001. His junior women’s eight won a bronze medal in Lithuania in the summer of 2002 and a silver medal at the Junior World Championships in Athens, Greece in 2003. Tenenbaum has held head coaching positions at Tulsa (1997-98), Florida Tech (1994-95), and with the Clemson Club program (1993-94) as well as being the assistant women’s coach at Tennessee from 1995-1997.
A native of Shaker Heights, Ohio, Tenenbaum earned a marketing degree from Tampa in 1992.
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