PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania’s director of athletics, Steve Bilsky, has announced the resignation of Fred Honebein as the Quakers’ head coach of men’s heavyweight rowing. Honebein spent three seasons with Penn.
“While Fred has only been here for a relatively short time, he has made a positive impact on our rowing program,” said Bilsky. “I know Fred would have liked to have seen better results on the water, but I know he has laid a foundation that will benefit his successor.
“Fred is a man of integrity and pride, and I know his resignation is done for what he believes is in the best interest of Penn Rowing.”
“It is with some regret that I announce my resignation,” said Honebein. “There is a feeling of leaving with unfinished business on the table. Three years is not a long time, but I came to Penn to make an impact on athletes' lives and move the program forward and in some ways I think I have.
“It has been an honor to be part of the distinguished rowing tradition at Penn, and I am thankful for the opportunity to contribute to that tradition. I wish the team well in the future.”
A search for Honebein’s successor will begin immediately.