James T. Akin ’72
Wesleyan’s team-record holder for rebounds in a game (28), season (331) and career (862), Jim Akin enjoyed an impressive men’s basketball career with the Cardinals while also standing out on the football and lacrosse fields. His seasonal rebounding average of 17.3, accomplished in 1969–70, and his career rebounding average of 14.9, both represent team standards as well. Even more remarkable is that Jim accumulated his career rebounding total in just three seasons because freshmen were ineligible for varsity play during his time at Wesleyan. He earned Academic All-America accolades along with All-Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) and All-New England honors.
Following graduation, Jim was invited to participate in training camps of both the Chicago Bulls of the NBA and the Dallas Cowboys of the NFL, but was unable to do so due to injury. He did enjoy two years of professional basketball in Europe from 1974–76, and he played basketball in Canada while attending graduate school at Concordia University in Montreal. There he was named to the All-Canadian second team in 1976.
After teaching and coaching at his alma mater, Northwest Catholic High School in West Hartford, Conn., into whose Athletics Hall of Fame he was inducted in 2006, Jim has spent most of his professional life in the computer software business.
His inclusion in Wesleyan’s Athletics Hall of Fame is his third such honor in consecutive years. The New England Basketball Hall of Fame selected Jim for a spot among its honorees in 2007.