Brian Akers enters his second year as the volunteer soccer coach at East Carolina assisting head coach Rob Donnenwirth in a variety of facets.
In 2011 he assisted with the organizing and running of training sessions, game strategy and video editing, which was used for player evaluation and scouting for upcoming opponents.
He joined the Pirates after spending 2010 working as an Associate Staff instructor with the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). While at the NSCAA, Akers was selected to lead and instruct coaching education courses for the Coaching Academy, which is one of the leading organizations for coaching certification. His coaching licenses include the NSCAA Premier Diploma, Advanced National Diploma and National Diploma.
A 2010 graduate from UNC Wilmington with a degree in criminology and criminal justice, Akers spent eight years (2001-08) in the United States Army rising to the rank of Staff Sergeant where he was deployed to combat operations in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom before returning to the pitch in 2008 as an assistant women's coach at Jacksonville High School. With the Cardinals, he organized practices and provided match analysis and feedback to both players and coaches.
Prior to joining the U.S. Army, Akers worked with as a student assistant coach at UNC Greensboro (1995-97), where he helped the Spartans to a pair of NCAA tournament berths, including their first in program history in 1996. He was also played an integral part in helping UNC Greensboro claim three regular season titles (Big South-2, Southern-1) and two conference tournament crowns (Big South-1, Southern-1).
Akers is currently working on a Masters of Arts degree in sociology at East Carolina.