Pulaski County Public Schools is pleased to announce the decision to remove the Interim Head Coach title from Cam Akers, naming him the official Head Coach of the Cougar football program.
Coach Akers is a product of Pulaski County Public Schools, graduating with the PCHS Class of 2008. Coach Akers was a standout player for the Cougars under former Head Coach Jack Turner during his time as a student, where he was known as a tough and tenacious defender and a team player.
He went on to follow his dream of becoming a college football player at Virginia Tech, where he impressed legendary former Head Coach Frank Beamer with his heart and effort. Eventually he transitioned to the crew team, where he excelled as a rower.
After college, he returned to Pulaski County as an assistant football and track coach. He eventually moved to Floyd County as an assistant, and then to Floyd County under longtime Head Coach Winfred Beale, who is currently starting his 42nd season there.
Coach Akers took over the Auburn High School football program in 2016. At the time, he was the youngest head coach in the area. After several seasons, he returned home to Pulaski County as an assistant coach under former Head Coach Mark Dixon, who recently retired. Akers finished his time at Auburn with a record of 20-30, despite having a limited number of players.
“We’re pleased to have Coach Akers as our new Head Coach and look forward to watching him continue to move our football program in the right direction,” Dr. Kevin Siers, Superintendent of Pulaski County Public Schools said. “He’s already shown himself to be a strong motivator and organizer. He’s proven to be an effective leader since moving into the interim position and has continued to build strong relationships with the players and assistant coaches. His goal of creating program continuity with the middle school and recreation league teams sets us up to see a lot of Cougar football wins in the future.”
Coach Akers and his wife, Ashlan, have two daughters, Camden, six, and Blake, one.
“We are excited to have Cam Akers as our new Head Football Coach at Pulaski County High School,” PCHS AD Scott Vest said. “Coach Akers has a passion and enthusiasm for Cougar Football that is contagious and we look forward to his leadership of our student athletes. Cam knows the winning is important and understands what the expectations that come with being the head coach at Pulaski County. PCHS is excited about the future of Cougar Football.”
“I’m humbled and honored by this opportunity,” Coach Akers said. “To come back home to the community and the program that gave me my start, and to be able to help move it forward into the future is a dream come true. I promise that I will do everything in my power to make the most of this opportunity. I’m proud to be from Pulaski County and will do all I can to make sure we represent it well.”
“Coach Akers has been a great fit for us since he moved into his new role,” senior Cougar football player Diego Turner said. “He’s a great coach and has made some changes that we’ve really liked so far. Our locker room attitude is really positive and upbeat. He cares about us not just as players but also as students and it shows. I think he’ll do a great job and he’s a great choice for our new head coach.”