Duane Akina

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Duane Akina
Texas warmups prior to KSU game 2007.jpg
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Defensive backs coach
Team Stanford
Biographical details
Born c. 1958 (age 55–56)
Honolulu, HI
Playing career
1976-1979 Washington
Position(s) QB
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1979–1980
1981–1982
1983
1984–1985
1986
1987–1991
1992–1995
1996–2000
2001–2002
2003–2004
2005–2007
2008–2010
2011
2011–2014
2014–present
Washington (GA)
Hawaiʻi (DB)
Hawaiʻi (OLB)
Hawaiʻi (DB)
Calgary Stampeders (DB)
Arizona (DB)
Arizona (DC)
Arizona (DB)
Texas (DB)
Texas (Asst. HC/DB)
Texas co-DC/DB
Texas (asst HC/DB)
Arizona (DB)
Texas (Asst HC/DB)
Stanford (DB)

Duane Akina (born c. 1958) is the defensive backs coach for the Stanford Cardinal football team.

In 28 years of coaching football, Akina has coached three Thorpe Award winners in Darryll Lewis (1990), Michael Huff (2005), and Aaron Ross (2006), as well as five finalists for the award, among them Chris McAlister. Twenty of his defensive backs have also gone on to play in the NFL.

He was an assistant coach to Dick Tomey at the University of Arizona for 14 years, serving as defensive backs coach and offensive coordinator. He was named Arizona defensive coordinator in 2000, but decided to leave for Texas to become the team's defensive back coach.

Akina was promoted to co-defensive coordinator and retained his duties as defensive backs coach for the Longhorns from 2005-2007. In the 2007 season, he shared the defensive coordinator position with Larry Mac Duff, but called the defensive plays.[1] After a frustrating season, in which the Longhorns defense allowed a school-record 4,498 total yards, Akina could have faced dismissal following the 2007 Holiday Bowl.[2] However, not Akina, but Larry Mac Duff resigned.[3] Akina was nonetheless demoted to secondary coach after Will Muschamp was hired as the new defensive coordinator.

Following June Jones' resignation at Hawaiʻi, Akina was considered to be one of the candidates for his replacement.[4]

In January 2011, it was announced that Akina would be leaving the Longhorns to be the defensive backs coach at the University of Arizona. One month later, his replacement at Texas, Jerry Gray, left the Longhorns to become the defensive coordinator of the Tennessee Titans. A few days later, Akina announced that he would be returning to Texas to resume his defensive backs position with the Longhorns due to family considerations.[5] On January 10, 2014 it was reported that Akina would not return for the Longhorns in 2014 after new head coach Charlie Strong decided not to keep him on his staff.

In March 2014, Akina was hired as the defensive backs coach for Stanford.[6]

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