Anne Kakela Named Assistant Women's Crew Coach

PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania’s newly appointed women’s crew coach, Mike Lane, has announced the hiring of Anne Kakela as his assistant coach. Kakela comes to Penn from Oregon State, where she served as women’s assistant coach from 2003-06.

“I am extremely excited to begin working with Anne in a combined effort to take our program to the next level,” said Lane. “She brings a tremendous amount of talent and energy to Penn Rowing. Her coaching background, along with national team experience, made Annie a very exciting choice.”

In 2005, Kakela was named Northwest Region CRCA Assistant Coach of the Year. She coached the Beavers to back-to-back winning seasons and medals at the PAC-10 Championships in 2004 and 2005. This past season, Kakela saw the OSU novice finish with another winning season and a victory over perennial power Washington.

No stranger to the Ivy League, Kakela graduated from Dartmouth in 1992 where she was a three-year letterwinner and a two-year captain. Among her accomplishments were being named first-team U.S. Rowing Collegiate Academic All-America, and she was invited to the national team development camp after her novice year.

After graduating from Dartmouth, Kakela competed on the U.S. National Rowing Team for four years. During her time with the national team, they won five national championships and four silver medals at the 1993 and 1994 World Championships. In 1995, Kakela reached the pinnacle of success by capturing gold at the World Championships. She ended her tenure on the national team with a fourth-place finish at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.

Kakela received her Bachelors of Arts from Dartmouth in 1992 and her Masters of Science from Colorado in 1998.