Report: Veteran Assistant Duane Akina To Coach Stanford Cardinal Secondary


According to a report, longtime Texas assistant coach Duane Akina will be joining David Shaw’s staff with the Stanford Cardinal as secondary coach.

CBSSports.com reported Sunday that Akina, who was an assistant for 13 years at Arizona and spent 13 with the Longhorns has accepted an offer to come to The Farm.

Akina, a native of Honolulu, began his coaching career at Hawaii in 1979 and spent two years with the CFL’s Calgary Stampeders before going to Arizona as defensive backs coach in 1986.

He briefly left Texas in January 2011, accepting a position as defensive backs coach back at Arizona, but returned to the Longhorns for what he called family considerations. The defensive backs coaching job opened up at Texas when his replacement, Jerry Gray, accepted a position as defensive coordinator for the Tennessee Titans.

New Texas coach Charlie Strong opted not to retain Akina and there was a report in January that Akina would be joining the staff at Cal that turned out to be erroneous.

There was a ripple effect on the Cardinal staff after defensive coordinator Derek Mason left to become head coach at Vanderbilt. Lance Anderson added defensive coordinator duties to his work as outside linebacker coach, inside linebacker coach David Kotulski went with Mason to Vandy and secondary coach Peter Hansen is taking over the inside linebackers.

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