While David Akin spoke fondly of his time and situation as an assistant at Parkview, the chance to coach at East Jackson wasn’t one he could pass up.
During a Wednesday night meet-and-greet, Akin explained what prompted him to leave Gwinnett County and take over as East Jackson’s new head boys’ basketball coach.
“The administration would be first and foremost,” Akin said. “(Principal) Jamie Dixon and (athletic director) Shawn Lindsey are very interested in having high-level academics and high-level athletics, specifically as far as basketball as far as I’m concerned.”
Akin, 35, enters his first high school head coaching post after serving two years as an assistant coach at Parkview. He’s also served as an assistant at the University of Georgia under former women’s coach Andy Landers and as an assistant for the Milton High School boys' team.
His résumé includes a three-year stint as a head semipro coach for the Gwinnett Majic, which he guided to three titles.
East Jackson administrators recommended Akin’s hiring just 11 days after the resignation of former head coach David Boyd on Feb. 22. His hiring was approved March 14 by the county school board.
"He's an awesome man with a basketball knowledge that is significant beyond words,” East Jackson principal Jamie Dixon told those on hand at Wednesday’s introduction.
At East Jackson, Akin will inherit a program coming off back-to-back state tournament appearances under Boyd.
“The basketball up here is really good,” he said. “People just don’t know about it. And I think coming from Gwinnett County — which obviously everybody knows about Gwinnett County — I’m excited about bringing that enthusiasm, that passion, that we all share down there up here because I think the basketball can be really good up here, and it’s proven so the past two years.”
Akin is closely tied to the man he replaces at East Jackson. He both played for Boyd at Berkmar and coached under him at Milton, helping that program win a state title in 2012.
Akin spoke highly of Boyd’s influence in his life.
“Coach Boyd has been a father figure to me since the day I played for him,” Akin said.
Akin intends to continue the work his mentor started at East Jackson, which advanced to the Sweet 16 this past year for the first time in school history.
“We’re not going anywhere,” Akin said. “We are the premiere basketball program in the region, and that ain’t changing. We are going to play fast. We are going to have a lot of fun, excitement and passion. With that comes a lot of hard work, obviously.”
Akin is not bashful about his long-term view of the program either.
“As far as long term, I don’t mind being confident, I hope it doesn’t sound arrogant, but we will win state championships.”
He even pointed to Colquitt County’s nationally-ranked football program, which has won back-to-back Class AAAAAA state championships under Rush Propst, as an example.
“He has built a dynasty,” Akin said. “That’s what we’ll do here long term … As long as you have the support system, the right culture and the right driving force and enthusiasm, you can do those things.”
I'm not sure what coach's definitions of premiere or region are, but stating EJ is the premiere program in the region seems to be a bit of a stretch. One, Morgan County is in the region and they not only won region but also won state. Two, EJ has only made the playoffs 2 years in their entire existence and just this season won their 1st and only playoff game. I am not sure how that qualifies as the premiere program in the region. Jackson County got as far in the playoffs as EJ did.
so you would prefer the coach to say he is coming into a bad program? Sounds like you are a JC fan/parent/student and can't handle the school on the other side having some success......kind of like the BOE and the superintendent!
Wanna get away?
01/18/17 at 03:56 PM
“We’re not going anywhere,” Akin said. “We are the premiere basketball program in the region, and that ain’t changing.”
I'm not seeing it. 1-17, this could be the worst season EJ has ever had.