OSU Rowing Assistant Earns Coaching Honor

June 1, 2005

The Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) announced Oregon State Novice Coach Anne Kakela as one of its 2005 Regional Assistant Coaches of the Year Tuesday. The award is designed to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of a member assistant coach for the spring season.

'I'm honored because the other coaches that were nominated are exceptional and to be considered amongst the other award winners is really exciting,' said Kakela. 'The athletes and the coaching staff do such a great job it helps to make me look better.'

Kakela earned the award in just her second season of coaching after the First Novice Eight finished third at the Pac-10 Championships to earn the bronze medal. The novices enjoyed a successful season that included victories over Virginia, Duke, Washington State, University of Victoria and University of British Columbia. The Novice Eight boat, which includes five walk-on athletes, also beat UCLA at the Pac-10 regatta after suffering a regular season loss to the Bruins.

'I'm really excited that Annie is being recognized by the coaches in the region for the job she is doing,' said Head Coach Charlie Owen. 'This is only her second year at Oregon State and she has been doing a good job developing our freshmen athletes. A large number of our athletes don't begin rowing until they get to OSU and Annie does an excellent job developing those walk-on athletes to row and become outstanding rowers.'

The coaches selected were required to meet one or more of the following criteria: 1) has demonstrated outstanding commitment to her program, 2) has made a significant impact on the success of her program, and 3) has demonstrated a high level of professionalism and integrity as a coach.

2005 CRCA Assistant Coaches of the Year
Phoebe Murphy, Brown, New England
Robbie Tenenbaum, Ohio State, Central
Anne Kakela, Oregon State, West
Kelly Lynch, Clemson, South
Nicole Stimpson, Navy, Mid-Atlantic

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