Martha SparksSociety Editor
February 13, 2013
CHARLESTON— Logan County Commission member Willie Akers has been hospitalized after a fall at the Charleston Civic Center on Wednesday.
Akers, a former WVU standout and coach at Logan High School for whom the gym is named, is in Charleston Area Medical Center.
Akers, who turns 76 in July, stumbled on the basketball floor at the Civic Center and was taken to CAMC General Division.
His son Chad told the Charleston Daily Mail Wednesday afternoon that his father is in critical condition after fracturing his C6 cervical vertebrae and breaking his nose.
“He’s on a ventilator right now, and a cut on his forehead, and the ventilator is helping him breathe,” Chad said. “We’re just waiting for the neurosurgeon to see what they’ll do about the cervical fracture.”
Chad said his father was sedated, yet coherent and is “agitated because he can’t talk.”
The older Akers guided the Logan High School boys basketball team to four Class AAA state championships and a 402-116 record during his tenure from 1962-83.
Prior to his coaching career, Akers was a two-time All-State selection at Mullens High School, helping his team to win the Class AAA title in 1955. He went on to WVU where he played on three teams that combined for a 81-12 record and was a co-captain his senior season.
Akers is scheduled to be among the keynote speakers on March 12 during the 100th anniversary celebration of the State Basketball Tournament.