Oberlin High School has a new football coach.
If that sounds like deja vu, it’s only because it’s Oberlin’s second new football coach in just over a month.
Former Admiral King and Brookside coach Mike Akers is the newest new coach, being named to the job Wednesday.
Akers, an Elyria High graduate, will take over the job after the old new coach, Jesse Robinson, resigned due to an unexpected medical issue. Robinson was hired March 15.
“Jesse informed us that he had a medical issue,” Oberlin athletic director John Carter said. “We didn’t sit around and cry about it, so we started the process of finding a new coach.”
It didn’t take long for Oberlin to find its new new coach. Carter and his staff looked at one of their finalists for the job the first time around and got the ball rolling.
“We went on spring break and went back into the process of a new coach and we liked Mike, who was the runner-up,” Carter said.
After spending time coaching at Southview Middle School, Akers is ready to get back into doing the job at the high school level again.
“I’ve been out of being a head varsity football coach for a while,” Akers said. “When they contacted me about being the head coach, I was ready to be a head coach again.”
Akers’ last varsity job was in 2015 when he served as defensive coordinator for another former Oberlin coach, Dave McFarland.
“When I was with Dave I didn’t think we were going to be good, but we were pretty good.” Akers said.
The Titans went 5-5 that season.
From 2010-2013, Akers was an assistant coach at Westlake with Mark Campo, helping lead the Demons to the Southwestern Conference title and the playoffs in 2012.
He went 1-9 in 2009 at Admiral King, his last job as a head coach, but in 2008 as the defensive coordinator, he helped the Admirals go 7-3 for their best record in 20 years.
Akers’ longest tenure was at Brookside. He was the offensive coordinator in 1999 and 2000 and then switched to defensive coordinator from 2001-04. In 2004, the Cardinals went 8-2, their best record in 41 years. In 2005, Akers took over as main man and guided the Cardinals to a 6-4 record. He left Brookside after the 2007 season with a 12-18 record.
Akers will bring two of his longtime assistants — Gary Huff and Tom Hutchinson — with him to Oberlin.
“I love coaching at smaller schools,” Akers said. “I’ve had jobs at bigger schools, but I love the feel of coaching smaller schools.”
Offensively, Akers wants to run the read option out of the shotgun formation.
“When I was the defensive coordinator at Lorain, we ran a lot of read option plays with Eddie Williamson at quarterback and I think we can do that here at Oberlin,” he said.
This will be the fourth coach for the Phoenix in three years (including Robinson) but Akers is planning to end that trend.
“I don’t plan on being the one-year guy,” Akers said. “My goal is to stay at Oberlin for as long as I can and build a great football program that the community will love.”