Katie Ognovich joined CYR August 2020. Ognovich came from two years as Head Coach at Greensboro Crew. Prior to being Head Coach she was a Division I rower at the University of Oklahoma were they were consistently top 20 in the NCAA. Ognovich received the Hammer Award all four years of college as the fastest rower on the team. Ognovich has rowed for the High Performance team based in Oklahoma and the Juniors National team while in High School. Ognovich raced on the CanAmMex team in 2013 placing Gold in the 8+ and 2-. At C.R.A.S.H-B's Ognovich was 7th in the world in 2014.
Ognovich received her Bachelor's of Science in Health and Exercise Science with an emphasis in coaching and psychology, in 2018 from the University of Oklahoma. Currently, she is working on her Masters of Science from Clemson University in Athletic Leadership.
Ognovich is a nationally certified Strength and Conditioning Coach. Outside of rowing and coaching, Coach K loves to take annual sister trips with her younger sister Junior (who rows at Syracuse), watch NASCAR, or workout with her English Mastiff Coach Bailey.
Byron "Doc" Walthall is a Charlotte Native. Walthall learned how to row at a Craftsbury sculling camp and continued to attend for several years afterwards. Rowing has been his sport for 20 years now. He has mentored alongside some of the top coaches in the country. In addition, taking all his knowledge from his 45 years of family medicine and his leadership roles, he has developed CYR into the successful and respectable program it is today.
Prior to rowing, Walthall finished four Ironman Triathlons. He has always stayed active and even challenged himself to a million meters one January. Outside of rowing Walthall is a father of two daughters and now a grandpa! He also enjoys US and international travel with his family and wife Nancy.
Nancy Teaff started rowing at Smith College in 1970, pre-title IX, then transferred to Princeton and did not row again until 1998. Teaff was the first female president of her class at Princeton and is now heavily involved in alumni activities. With Doc, Coach Teaff also attended Craftsbury sculling camps and continued to go to summer camps for the next 17 years.
Coach Teaff has been a successful master rower with some top results:
2018 & 2019-Gold medal in a Mixed Masters 8+ at Head of the Hooch
Gold medal Mixed Masters 8+ USRowing National Race, Augusta, GA
Medaled at Southeast Regionals in women’s 4x, mixed 2x, and mixed 4x.
Coach Teaff has also had some wonderful rowing experiences internationally. She has rowed in Vogalonga in Venice, the Rally du Canal du Midi in southern France, and FISA Crystal Lakes rowing tour in Austria.
Teaff received her degree for UNC school of Medicine in 1978 and was a practicing physician for 34 years. Her hobbies outside of rowing are participating in book club and traveling to place like Antarctica, Machu Picchu, and the Galapagos. Teaff is a member of the Women's Impact Fund, enjoys engaging in philanthropy. Plus spending time with grandchildren!