Head Coach- Benjamin Akins
Benjamin Akins joined Pine Manor College as Assistant Basketball Coach in September 2011, serving as an assistant coach for two season under Athletic Director/Head Coach John Griffith. Akins was named Head Coach of Pine Manor College Women’s Basketball for the 2013-14 season. Akins bring over 12 years of coaching experience in various areas of athletics, fitness, team-building, counseling and character development to the PMC basketball program. Akins also brings over 20 years of diverse and challenging professional experience in leadership, physical fitness, financial management, administration, business management and countless areas of personnel management.
Prior to arriving at Pine Manor, Akins spent one year as the assistant coach at Massasoit Community College alongside Head Coach George Brown. In addition, Akins brings additional experience in coaching adult intramurals, high and junior high school boys' basketball to include youth level competitive sports.
Akins is a 17-year active duty veteran of the United States Marine Corps, where he served as a Marine Corps Drill Instructor at Parris Island, S.C., director of NCO leadership school, Inspector-Instructor & Honor Guard duty and two combat tours. His personal awards and medals include the Navy & Marine Corps Achievement medal (5th award), Navy Unit Commendation medal (2nd award), Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation medal, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal (5th award), National Defense medal (2nd award), Global War on Terrorism medal, Sea Service Deployment (2nd award) and Overseas Service (3rd award). Upon completion of active duty, Akins served a one-year tour of duty in the Massachusetts Army National Guard. Coach Akins continues his service to the nation as a GS-12, Financial Specialist at Hanscom Air Force Base, MA.
Akins currently majors in Psychology at American Military University and is a proud member of The National Society of Collegiate Scholars.