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Women's Assistant Coach
Hometown: Steamboat Springs, Colo.
Current Residence: Philadelphia, Pa.
Began Rowing: Dartmouth College, 1988
Date of Birth: 6/22/70
High School: Lowell Whiteman School
Undergraduate Education: Dartmouth College, 1992
Coaching Highlights: Kakela joined the women’s coaching staff in the fall of 2008. At the 2012 Olympic Games, she coached the U.S. women's pair to a fourth-place finish, just 0.20 seconds short of a medal. She coached the women’s four to a bronze medal at the 2010 World Rowing Championships at Lake Karapiro, New Zealand. In 2009, she coached the women’s quadruple sculls to a silver medal in Poznan, Poland. Kakela’s primary focus is athlete development, with an emphasis on identifying athletes with Under 23 and Senior National Team potential. Her coaching résumé includes stops at Oregon State University and, most recently, at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2007, she was named the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Mid-Atlantic Region Assistant Coach of the Year for her work with Penn's novice eights.
Personal: A 1992 graduate of Dartmouth College, Kakela was a four-time national team member, a world champion in the women’s eight and a 1996 Olympian. Kakela is married to Fred Honebein and they have two children, Beck and Anja.