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Duane Akina
Position: Defensive Backs
Alma Mater: Washington '79
Experience: 1st Year

A 35-year coaching veteran, Duane Akina joined the Stanford football coaching staff in the spring of 2014. Akina coaches the program’s defensive backs, and the 2014 season marks his first on The Farm.

Akina came to Stanford from Texas, where he spent the last 13 seasons on the defensive side of the ball for the Longhorns while developing an impressive number of NFL defensive backs. All said, Akina has coached three Thorpe Award winners, six Thorpe finalists and 28 defensive backs to have played in the NFL.

Akina’s secondary helped Texas rank among the nation’s top 10 in pass defense six times and featured consecutive Thorpe Award winners in Michael Huff (2005) and Aaron Ross (2006) to go along with two finalists in Earl Thomas (2009) and Quentin Jammer (2001) and 14 first team All-Big 12 picks. Eleven of his former defensive backs from Texas are currently in the NFL.

Akina earned titles of assistant head coach and co-defensive coordinator during his stay in Austin.

Recruiting Areas
Texas (Western, Central)

Prior to his time at Texas, Akina spent 14 years at Arizona (1987-2000). He started as the defensive backs coach and was later named the Wildcats’ associate head coach before spending four years as the offensive coordinator. He resumed defensive coordinator duties shortly before his departure.

Akina helped guide Arizona’s famed “Desert Swarm” defense, one of the nation’s most aggressive and productive groups. He coached 1990 Jim Thorpe Award winner Darryll Lewis and finalist Chris McAlister. Lewis went on to a 10-year NFL career and was a Pro Bowler for the San Diego Chargers. McAlister earned a spot in the 2004 Pro Bowl and was a member of the 2000 Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens.

Akina also spent five years at Hawaii (1981-85) following a graduate assistant role at his alma mater, Washington (1979-80).

His one season at the professional level came in 1986 when he served as the defensive backs coach for Calgary in the Canadian Football League.

A native of Hawaii, Akina graduated from Washington in 1979. He earned three letters as a quarterback for the Huskies.

Akina and his wife, Donna, have five children -- Kainoa, Keoni, Dionicia, Alli and Kamalii.


The Akina File

Season Program Position
1979-80 Washington Graduate Assistant
1981-82 Hawaii Defensive Backs
1983 Hawaii Outside Linebackers
1984-85 Hawaii Defensive Backs
1986 Calgary Stampeders Defensive Backs
1987-91 Arizona Defensive Backs
1989-91 Arizona Associate Head Coach
1992-95 Arizona Offensive Coordinator
1996-00  Arizona Defensive Backs
Defensive Coordinator
2001-02 Texas Defensive Backs
2003 Texas Assistant Head Coach
Defensive Backs
2004-07 Texas Co-Defensive Coordinator
Defensive Backs
2008-13 Texas Assistant Head Coach
Defensive Backs
2014 Stanford Defensive Backs

 

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