List of University of Akron people

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The list of University of Akron people includes notable alumni and faculty of the University of Akron. Class year usually indicates year of graduation, unless an entry is denoted by an asterisk (*). In this case, the student did not graduate from the university, and the class year indicates the last known year a former student attended. In the case of alumni with multiple graduation years, the earliest graduation year is shown.



Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Andy Alleman NFL offensive guard (Miami Dolphins)
Chris Bassitt Major League Baseball pitcher (Oakland Athletics) [1]
Mike Birkbeck Major League Baseball pitcher (Milwaukee Brewers and New York Mets)
Chase Blackburn NFL linebacker (New York Giants)
E. J. Burt AFL linebacker (Chicago Rush)
Keith Dambrot 1982 college basketball coach
China Krys Darrington First sponsored female Freestyle BMX rider
Eddie Elias Professional Bowlers Association founder
Jessica Eye attended Mixed martial artist competing in the UFC's bantamweight division [2]
Charlie Frye NFL quarterback (Seattle Seahawks)
Victor Green NFL defensive back (New York Jets)
Domenik Hixon NFL wide receiver (New York Giants)
Shawn Lemon CFL and AFL player
Louis A. Mackey 2000 NFL linebacker (Dallas Cowboys)
Mark Malaska Major League Baseball pitcher (Tampa Bay Devil Rays and Boston Red Sox)
Roy Mlakar 1972 NHL team president and CEO (Ottawa Senators)
Dominique Moceanu Olympic gymnast
Fritz Nagy BBA player (Indianapolis Jets)
Jarrod Pughsley NFL offensive lineman
Jake Schifino NFL wide receiver (Tennessee Titans)
Larry Shyatt 1975 basketball coach
Dwight Smith NFL strong safety (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
Jason Taylor 1996 NFL defensive end (Miami Dolphins)
Demetrius Treadwell basketball player for Hapoel Gilboa Galil of the Israeli League Liga Leumit
Jim Tressel College football head coach (Ohio State University)
Alexa Bliss wrestler
Bill Turner NBA player (San Francisco Warriors)
Siniša Ubiparipović Major League Soccer player

Politics and government[edit]

Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
John R. Adams 1983 District court judge
James E. Akins Diplomat
Alice M. Batchelder Circuit judge
Samuel H. Bell 1952 District court judge
Ray C. Bliss 1935 Former chair of the Republican National Committee
Deborah L. Cook Circuit judge
Vernon Cook State Representative
Phil Davison Minerva Councilman
Peter C. Economus 1970 District court judge
James S. Gwin 1979 District court judge
Kermit L. Hall Legal history scholar
Michael Morell Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
Don Plusquellic Mayor of Akron, Ohio
Thomas C. Sawyer Mayor of Akron; Congressman
Betty Sutton Congresswoman
Mary Taylor Ohio State Auditor
Kim Zurz Politician


Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Aaron Archer Toy designer for Hasbro
Dan Auerbach Guitarist and vocalist (The Black Keys)
David S. Brown Historian and professor at Elizabethtown College
Yvette Nicole Brown Television and film actress
Michael Buckley NY Times bestselling author of The Sisters Grimm series
Patrick Carney Drummer (The Black Keys)
John E. Leland 1986 Director, University of Dayton Research Institute. [3]
Dan Moldea Journalist
Charles J. Pilliod, Jr. CEO of Goodyear
Nikola Resanovic Composer
Mark Scatterday Conductor
Joshua I. Smith Businessman
Irving C. Tomlinson 1880 Prominent Christian Scientist; secretary to Mary Baker Eddy [4]
George Wallace Comedian

Faculty and staff[edit]

Athletic coaches[edit]

Name Department Notability Reference
Alex Adams Men's basketball Head coach (1976)
Jim Aiken Football Head coach
George Babcock Football Head coach
Paul Baldacci Football Head coach
Russell Beichly Men's basketball Head coach
Paul Bixler Men's basketball Head coach
Red Blair Men's basketball; football Head coach
Dwight Bradley Men's basketball; football Head coach
J. D. Brookhart Football Head coach
Kenneth Cochrane Football Head coach
James W. Coleman Men's basketball; football Head coach
Frank Cook Football Head coach
Coleman Crawford Men's basketball Head coach (1990–1995)
Ken Cunningham Men's basketball Head coach
Keith Dambrot Men's basketball Head coach (2004–present)
Jim Dennison Football Head coach
Otis Douglas Football Head coach
Thomas Dowler Men's basketball; football Head coach
Walter East Men's basketball Head coach
Archie Eves Football Head coach
Gerry Faust Football Head coach
Forest Firestone Football Head coach
Frank Haggerty Men's basketball; football Head coach
John Heisman Football Head coach
Dan Hipsher Men's basketball Head coach
William Houghton Football Head coach
Bob Huggins Men's basketball Head coach
Pat Knight Men's basketball Assistant coach (2000–2001) [5]
Gordon K. Larson Football Head coach
Tony Laterza Men's basketball Head coach
Jack Lengyel Football Assistant coach (1959)
Joe McMullen Football Head coach
Lee Owens Football Head coach
Rev. Alfred W. Place Football Head coach
Bob Rupert Men's basketball Head coach
Fred Sefton Men's basketball; football Head coach
Wyatt Webb Men's basketball Head coach
Clarence Weed Men's basketball; football Head coach
Earl Williams Men's basketball First head coach
Harry Wilson Football Head coach

Faculty and administrators[edit]

Name Department Notability Reference
Paul Alfred Biefeld Physics and Astronomy (1906–1911) Professor (former)
Meredith Gardner German Professor (former)
John C. Green Political Science
Ralph P. Hummel Public Administration and Urban Studies Professor (former), author of The Bureaucratic Experience [6]
Parke Kolbe University president (former) [7]
Luis M. Proenza University president (present)
Mack Rhoades Athletics Director (2005–present)
John F. Seiberling Law Politician
Jim Tressel University vice president (former)


  1. ^ Monroe, Mark (June 23, 2011). "Genoa grad Bassitt poised for pro debut". Toledo Blade. Retrieved January 23, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Jessica Eye UFC Bio". Retrieved 2014.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  3. ^ "John E. Leland, Ph.D., P.E". University of Dayton Research Institute. Retrieved 2010-05-11. 
  4. ^ "Chapter Grand" The Scroll of Phi Delta Theta, Vol. 69, No. 2 (November 1944), pp. 159-160. Retrieved June 30, 2013
  5. ^ "Pat Knight starts tenure much like father". Retrieved 2008-02-28. [dead link]
  6. ^ Goodsell, Charles (2012). "Remembering Ralph Hummel: A Special Colleague". Administration & Society. 44 (2): 147–148. doi:10.1177/0095399712448003. 
  7. ^ "Parke R. Kolbe administration records". Drexel University Archives and Special Collections. November 16, 2005. Archived from the original on 2006-09-07. Retrieved 2008-04-15. 

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