Anne Kakela Hired As Women's Rowing Assistant

Oct. 15, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

Anne Kakela has been hired as an assistant coach for the Oregon State University women's rowing program, head coach Charlie Owen announced Wednesday.

Kakela, most recently the coach of the masters women's program of the Lake Union Crew in Seattle, Wash., joins the staff of Owen and second-year assistant Kushlani de Soyza. Kakela coached at Lake Union since August, 2003.

Kakela's rowing accomplishments are impressive. She competed internationally as a four-year member of the United States National Team, winning the 1995 World Championships as a member of the eight.

Kakela also competed on the 1996 U.S. Olympic Team and earned four silver medals in the 1993-94 World Championships while rowing in the four and eight.

Kakela's primary responsibilities at OSU include coaching the novice team as well as assisting with recruiting and working with the varsity boats.

'Annie brings tremendous experience to the Oregon State women's rowing program,' Owen said. 'We're excited to have her on the staff. She's going to have a big impact on the development of the rowers in the novice program.'

Kakela, from Steamboat Springs, Colo., began her rowing career as a freshman at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., and was invited to the National Team Development Camp after her novice year.

Upon the completion of her rowing career in 1996, Kakela worked as a teaching assistant and research project coordinator at the University of Colorado for a year.

Prior to coaching at Lake Union Crew, Kakela worked for Nokia Internet Communications and Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) for four years.

Kakela earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology and Environmental Sciences from Dartmouth in 1992 and went on to earn a Masters of Science in Telecommunications from Colorado in 1996.

She is married to former University of California and Olympic Team rower Fred Honebein.

Kakela takes over the position formerly held by Erica Schwab, who accepted a coaching position with her alma mater, Washington, earlier this summer.

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