Fred Honebein Hired as National Team Programs Manager

by Allison Frederick | Apr 09, 2010
PRINCETON, N.J. – USRowing is pleased to announce that Fredric Honebein has been hired as its new National Team Programs Manager.

PRINCETON, N.J. – USRowing is pleased to announce that Fredric Honebein has been hired as its new National Team Programs Manager.

A 1996 Olympian, Honebein comes to USRowing after four years as men’s head coach at the University of Pennsylvania. In his new role, Honebein will focus on the logistics of international team travel and the administration of various athlete and training center programs of USRowing, USADA and the United States Olympic Committee.

"I am excited to be a part of USRowing and to work with such a great collection of staff and athletes,” said Honebein. “Looking forward, my goal is to support the coaches and athletes so they can perform at the highest level and bring home medals every year, including the 2012 Olympic Games in London.”

A graduate of the University of California where he rowed from 1989-90, Honebein was a member of the U.S. national team from 1993-96 and was named USRowing’s Male Athlete of the Year in 1995. At the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, he finished fifth in the men’s eight. Also highlighting his rowing career, Honebein won gold in eight at the 1994 World Rowing Championships and bronze in the eight at the world championships in 1993 and 1995.

“Fred is a great addition to our national team staff,” said USRowing CEO Glenn Merry. “He brings a unique and valuable perspective as a national team oarsman and Olympian. We are excited to have him rejoin the national team family.”

Honebein served as women’s novice coach at Cal from 1997-98 before taking over as men’s novice coach at the University of Washington, a position he held from 1998-2004. At Washington, he led his teams to a second-place finish at the 2000 IRA Championships and undefeated seasons in 2001 and 2002. Honebein went on to serve as head coach at Oregon State University from 2004-06 before accepting the head coaching position at Penn. He currently lives in Philadelphia, Pa., with his wife, and USRowing women’s assistant coach Annie Kakela.

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