CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- Pine Manor College (PMC) Women's Basketball Assistant Coach Benjamin Akins has been promoted to the position of Head Basketball Coach, announced PMC Director of Athletics John Griffith on Monday. Akins will look to build on the recent success of the basketball program, which included the program's first postseason appearance since 2005. The move allows PMC Athletic Director John Griffith to focus on his expanding duties as Athletic Director, allowing him to assure the continuing success of all five of PMC's athletic programs.
"I want to thank Coach Griffith for this opportunity," said Akins. "My number one priority is to hold fast to the vision we outlined over the past two seasons, to be the best team in the city. We fully understand the power of athletics and the positive influence it can bring to faculty, students, parents and our community. I firmly believe we have cracked the code and continuing down this path of success is my number one priority for the upcoming season."
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 brings 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.
"One of the main reasons I decided to join the staff at Pine Manor was a personal and professional love for challenges," said Akins. "For us to succeed as a program and as an institution, we must all develop a respect for the process and success will follow through patience and perseverance. Understanding our roles, responsibilities and giving a maximum effort each and every day without excuses."
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.
Posted on Mon, March 11, 2013
by Sports Information