|Title||Defensive backs coach|
|Born||c. 1958 (age 58–59)
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1986||Calgary Stampeders (DB)|
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. 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. However, not Akina, but Larry Mac Duff resigned. Akina was nonetheless demoted to secondary coach after Will Muschamp was hired as the new defensive coordinator.
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. 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.
- Halliburton, Suzanne (January 12, 2007). "Akina, Mac Duff each earn $300,000". Austin-American Statesman. Retrieved March 3, 2007.
- Dallas Morning News: Holiday Bowl may be last shot for Texas' Akina
- Austin American-Statesman: Assistant coach Mac Duff leaves the Longhorns' staff Archived January 6, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
- Could Akina be headed to Hawaii?
- Dallas Morning News: Akina returning to Texas football staff Archived July 8, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
- Olson, Max (March 10, 2014). "Stanford hires Duane Akina". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 10, 2014.