Moose Akanno will enter his fourth season as an assistant coach for the track and field program, with his concentration on jumps and multi-event athletes when the 2013-14 campaign kicks off.
During his time with the Big Green, Akanno has helped guide several individuals to record-setting performances and Heptagonal Championships. Janae Dunchack ’14 has won all three pentathlon titles since joining the team has has proven herself to be one of the best multis student-athletes in the nation. In 2013, Akanno helped guide then-freshman Kaitlin Whitehorn to an indoor high jump Heps crown at Harvard.
His 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. Since joining the staff, 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.
Akanno came 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.
Prior to his work at Fairleigh Dickinson, he was an undergraduate assistant coach and intern at the University of Connecticut. Akanno organized practice schedules and training programs for different groups, while coordinating recruiting for sprints, hurdles and jumps.
While at UConn, Akanno was part of the Big East Conference Coaching Staff of the Year in 2009 after winning the Indoor Championship.
Akanno has also been a volunteer coach at the high school level at Seton Hall Prep and Piscataway High School. He was the jumps coach at Seton Hall, which he attended from 2000-04, and tutored jumpers and hurdlers at Piscataway.