Born July 1, 1937 in Ironton, Va., Willie Akers became an honored high school and college basketball player in the Mountain State before recording one of the most successful Prep coaching records of all time at Logan High School. He coached the Wildcats to four Class AAA State Championships and two runner-up finishes from 1962-1983, while his teams sported a 402-116 record for a 77.6 winning percentage. Logan won titles in 1964, 1977, 1978 and in his final season of 1983. At Mullins High School, he was a rare three-time All-Tournament selection at the State Tournament and twice won All-State recognition. The Rebels won the Class AAA State Championship in 1955, his junior season. He played on three West Virginia University teams which recorded won-lost marks of 26-2, 29-5 and 26-5 and was Co-Captain as a senior with All-American Jerry West. The Mountaineers were ranked No. 1 in wire service polls in 1958 and were NCAA Runners-Up to California in 1959. After graduation he played one professional season with the Cleveland Pipers of the American Basketball Association before turning to high school coaching in the Mountain State. He also served as Assistant Principal of LHS and later as Assistant Superintendent of Logan County Schools. Upon leaving education, he presently is owner of Plaza Lanes of Logan.