New coach...

Tesla Akers was recently hired as the new women's basketball coach for the Concord University Mountain Lions.

ATHENS — A recently hired women’s basketball coach is living her dream of working at Concord University.

Tesla Akers, of Princeton, was officially hired on Aug. 17 as the new assistant women’s basketball coach at Concord.

Akers is a Princeton Senior High School class of 2009 graduate and a Ferrum College alumna. She majored in elementary education but said, “I’ve always wanted to be a coach.”

Akers coached girl’s basketball at PSHS for a year before she was hired at Concord.

There are some differences between coaching at the high school level and college. Akers said players in high school often participate in multiple sports and can’t put their full attention into one area, like basketball. Since none of the players on the CU basketball team are two-sport athletes they are basketball minded and more focused.

“A lot more work goes into being a college coach including more preparation,” she added.

Akers said it is also nice that there isn’t much of an age difference between she and the players.

“I’m not much older than they are and I can relate with them really well,” she said.

Akers said being able to coach at Concord is “indescribable.”

“I went to Concord for basketball camp and have grown up to know the style of coach Kenny Osborne. It is an honor to coach under him,” she said. “Coaching college has always been a dream of mine.”

The team’s first practice will be held on Oct. 15. Akers said this week the players started lifting weights, and working on conditioning and skill to prepare for the upcoming season.

She said she is excited to see the players work as a team and has high expectations for the new players.

“Some of our freshman players are very strong,” she said. “I’m looking forward to seeing how far they take us.”

Akers also serves as the assistance compliance director at CU.

— Contact Jackie Puglisi at jpuglisi at ptonline.net

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