Drew Akins - Head Coach
Drew Akins became Walker Valley's fifth Head Football Coach in December of 2018. Akins comes to Walker Valley from Red Bank High School where he was the Offensive Coordinator from 2016-2018. The six-time Offensive Coordinator of the Year led the Ooltewah offense from 2013-2015.
Akins Lions teams averaged 32.2 points per game while having an overall record of 30-8 making the playoffs in 2016-2018. The 2017 team made the State Semi-Finals. Previously, during his time with Ooltewah, the Owls had a record of 30-7. He has averaged 10 wins a season the past 6 years. Coach Aikens has coached a 2018 Mr. Football Finalist, a 2017 Mr. Football Finalist, 5 Region MVPs, 6 Region Offense MVPs, and 40 All-Region Players. Before starting his coaching career at Ooltewah in 2009, Coach Akins was a quarterback for Carson Newman University.
Drew played for his father Robert Akins at Boyd-Buchanan High School in Chattanooga. The Bucs played in three consecutive State Championship games (2002-2004) winning the State Championship in 2003.
“The excitement comes from having a chance to bring a program at its lowest point and helping them become a winning program," Akins said. "I am excited to see what we can do.” “We want to go out there and work harder than everyone else,” Akins said. “We want teams to know we were there that night. Play as hard as we can for 48 minutes and see what the scoreboard says after."
“I am excited to be back where home is for me,” Akins said. “This is where my family and I are grounded. I want to thank all those who have helped me get to the point I am at now in my career. I am very blessed.”
“My family lives in Cleveland and we are members of First Baptist Church,” said Akins, who has two children, Brynleigh and Lochlan, with his wife Kayla, who works at Arnold Elementary School.