Richard Akande became the head men's and women's tennis coach at North Carolina A&T in 2014.
Akande coached Khalia Powell to a 7-6 record in 2016, making her the first women's tennis player in two decades to finish a season with a winning record. In 2015, Akande led the men into their first spring competition since 2006. He will also try to lead the women’s program back to its first MEAC tournament since 2009.
More than 300 youth tennis players in Greensboro have benefited from Akande’s tutelage. Akande has conducted the Richard Akande Tennis Acadmey for more than 20 years. In that role, he taught private and group lessons, camps and clinics for adults and youth. He also provided complimentary tennis lessons for underprivileged children.
Akande has also been a travel coach for players competing in national tournaments and he supervised United States Tennis Association members in tennis fundamentals and league plays. During his career, Akande has also served as the tennis director at Greensboro locations such as Friendly Acres, Hester Park (2008-12) and West Ridge Tennis Club (2000-06). Akande has coached 75 players who eventually earned Division I tennis scholarships.
As a player, he was the No. 1 African prospect in 1976 and was recognized by Arthur Ashe and Stan Smith. He was once ranked 350th in the world. Akande played college tennis at Southern University in Baton Rouge, La. He earned his B.S., degree from Louisiana State University.