Coach Akins starts his second year with the Woodland program. He spent 2 years at his alma matter Morgan County High School in Madison Georgia, coaching under legendary wrestling coach Johnny “J-bone” Robbins. Coach Atkins wrestled all 4 years, and was a team captain for 3 of them at Morgan County High School. He was 4 time state qualifier, 3 time state placer, and a 2 time Georgia State Champion. Coach Akins accumulated over 200 wins over his high school career. He continued his wrestling career at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where he majored in civil engineering.