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Robb Alan Akey (born July 24, 1966) is an American football coach who is currently the Defensive Coordinator for the Central Michigan University Chippewas.

Robb Akey
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Akey in January 2010
Current position
TeamCentral Michigan Chippewas
Biographical details
Born (1966-07-24) July 24, 1966 (age 53)
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Alma materWeber State College.
Playing career
1984–1987Weber State
Position(s)Defensive lineman,
linebacker, tight end
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1988–1994Weber State (DL/ST)
1995Northern Arizona (ST)
1996–1998Northern Arizona (DC)
1999–2002Washington State (DL)
2003–2006Washington State (DC)
2007–2012Idaho
2014Minnesota Vikings (ADL)
2015–2016Washington Redskins (DL)
2017Florida (DA)
2017Florida (interim DL)
2019-present Central Michigan (DC)
Head coaching record
Overall20–50
Bowls1–0

Akey was a college football coach for 25 seasons, the last six as head coach for the Idaho Vandals of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). Akey became Idaho's fourth head coach in 37 months when he was hired on December 20, 2006, by athletic director Rob Spear. He led the Vandals to victory in their first bowl game in more than a decade, but after a 1–7 start in 2012, Akey's contract was terminated on October 21.[1] He achieved a 20–50 (.286) record while head coach at Idaho.

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Early yearsEdit

Born and raised in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Akey graduated from Roy J. Wasson High School in 1984, having lettered in three sports.[2][3] Akey played at outside linebacker, defensive end, and tight end for head coach Mike Price at Weber State, where he was an all-Big Sky and honorable mention All-American at defensive end in his senior season of 1987.[4]

Coaching careerEdit

Akey was a college assistant coach for 19 seasons, beginning in 1988 as assistant defensive line coach at Weber State. From 1989 to 1994, Akey was defensive line coach, recruiting coordinator, and special teams coordinator at Weber State.[2] From 1995 to 1998, Akey was an assistant at Northern Arizona, first as special teams coordinator and linebackers coach in 1995 then as defensive coordinator from 1996 to 1998.[2]

In 1999, Akey reunited with Mike Price and began an eight-year stint as an assistant at Washington State. After being defensive line coach from 1999 to 2002, Akey added defensive coordinator to his duties in 2003 under new head Bill Doba, who was previously defensive coordinator under Price.[2]

Akey was the first Idaho head coach since Jerry Davitch (1978–81) without previous ties to the Vandals, either as a former player or assistant coach.[5]

Akey succeeded Dennis Erickson, who left his second stint at Idaho after just ten months for Arizona State of the Pac-10. Erickson was preceded by Nick Holt, who voluntarily departed after only two seasons, compiling nine losses in each. Tom Cable was fired in late 2003, after four disappointing seasons (11–35, .239).

When hired as the Vandals' new head coach, Akey stated that he was opposed to holding the Battle of the Palouse rivalry game with Washington State every year. He said he preferred it as a "once-in-a-while thing," to minimize possible "off-field" problems between rival programs only eight miles apart.[6] The annual game was revived in 1998 and played for ten consecutive years; it was last played in Akey's first season of 2007 and was renewed for a game in 2013.[7]

Akey's tenure as Vandals head coach ended in 2012 on October 21, when Idaho fired him following a 70–28 loss to Louisiana Tech, moving the team's overall record to 1–7 for the season.[8]

Head coaching recordEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Idaho Vandals (Western Athletic Conference) (2007–2012)
2007 Idaho 1–11 0–8 9th
2008 Idaho 2–10 1–7 9th
2009 Idaho 8–5 4–4 4th W Humanitarian
2010 Idaho 6–7 3–5 6th
2011 Idaho 2–10 1–6 8th
2012 Idaho 1–7 1–2
Idaho: 20–50 10–32
Total: 20–50

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Murphy, Brian (October 21, 2012). "Vandals fire Akey after 1–7 start". Idaho Statesman. Boise. Retrieved October 22, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d "Head Coach Robb Akey". Idaho Media Information 2012. University of Idaho. 2012. pp. 10–12.
  3. ^ "Robb Akey, Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line" (PDF). 2006 Washington State Cougar Football. Washington State University. 2006. p. 50.
  4. ^ "Robb Akey". Minnesota Vikings. Retrieved June 17, 2017.
  5. ^ Meehan, Jim (December 21, 2006). "Akey a change of pace". The Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. p. C1. Retrieved June 17, 2017.
  6. ^ The Seattle Times – Akey talks of commitment – December 21, 2006
  7. ^ "Cougars add Idaho to 2013 football schedule". Washington State University Athletics. May 1, 2012. Archived from the original on January 5, 2013. Retrieved August 16, 2012.
  8. ^ Coleman, Scott (October 21, 2012). "Robb Akey 'relieved of his duties', Jason Gesser interim coach". SB Nation. Retrieved October 26, 2012.