July 29, 2014
University of Connecticut men's track and field head coach Greg Roy has announced the hiring of Moose Akanno as an assistant coach on his staff. Akanno comes to UConn after having spent the past four seasons serving as an assistant coach for the Dartmouth women's track and field program.
Akanno returns to Storrs after serving as an undergraduate assistant coach at UConn in 2009, where he was primarily responsible for organizing practice schedules and training programs for different groups, while coordinating recruiting for sprints, hurdles and jumps. Prior to coaching, he was a four-year letter-winner for Connecticut and was a part of the Husky track teams that won three indoor Big East Championships, as well as three New England Championships.
While at UConn, Akanno was part of the Big East Conference Coaching Staff of the Year in 2009 after winning the Indoor Championship.
"We are excited to welcome Coach Akanno back to Storrs," said Roy. "A great team player, competitor, and leader as an athlete, Moose has paid his dues in the coaching profession. There was never a doubt that he'd succeed. We are thrilled he has come home."
During his time with the Big Green, Akanno has helped guide several individuals to record-setting performances and Heptagonal Championships.
His former student-athletes on the women's side have broken records in high jump, long jump, triple jump, pentathlon as well as sprint hurdles during both indoor and outdoor seasons. He has also helped to elevate the men's jumps to new heights with numerous program records and top-five showings by several student-athletes under his guidance.
"I'm excited to be home," said Akanno. "As an alumus invested in the program, it's great to be able to have a direct impact. I'm excited for things to come."
Akanno went to Hanover after a one-year stint at Fairleigh Dickinson in his home state of New Jersey, where he was an assistant coach and worked with jumps, hurdles and sprinters. In addition to his duties with the track program, he worked as a sports performance specialist for The Annex Sports Performance, one of the top firms in its field in the NY Metropolitan Area. He developed strength and conditioning programs and developed and coordinated speed and agility workout plans for NFL, MLB and pro soccer players.
On the track, Akanno was named co-captain of the 2008 Outdoor track team which placed second at the BIG EAST tournament.