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List of University of Akron people

The list of University of Akron people includes notable alumni, former students, and faculty of the University of Akron. Class years usually indicate the year of a graduation unless an entry is denoted by an asterisk (*). In this case, the student did not graduate from the university, and the class year indicates the last known year a former student attended. In the case of alumni with multiple graduation years, the earliest graduation year is shown.



Name Class year Notability References
Andy Alleman NFL guard (New Orleans Saints)
Chase Blackburn NFL linebacker (New York Giants)
E. J. Burt AFL linebacker (Chicago Rush)
Matt Cherry NFL free agent wide receiver
China Krys Darrington First sponsored female Freestyle BMX rider
Eddie Elias Professional Bowlers Association founder
Charlie Frye NFL quarterback (Seattle Seahawks)
Victor Green NFL defensive back (New York Jets)
Domenik Hixon NFL wide receiver (New York Giants)
Roy Mlakar 1972 NHL team president and CEO (Ottawa Senators)
Dominique Moceanu Olympic gymnast
Fritz Nagy BBA player (Indianapolis Jets)
Jake Schifino NFL free agent wide receiver
Dwight Smith NFL free agent strong safety
Jason Taylor 1996 NFL defensive end (Miami Dolphins)
Jim Tressel College football head coach (Ohio State University)
Bill Turner NBA player (San Francisco Warriors)
Siniša Ubiparipović Major League Soccer player
Mike Birkbeck Major League Baseball pitcher (Milwaukee Brewers and New York Mets)
Mark Malaska Major League Baseball pitcher (Tampa Bay Devil Rays and Boston Red Sox)

Politics and government

Name Class year Notability References
John R. Adams 1983 District court judge
James E. Akins Diplomat
Alice M. Batchelder Circuit judge
Samuel H. Bell 1952 District court judge
Ray C. Bliss 1935 Former chair of the Republican National Committee
Deborah L. Cook Circuit judge
Phil Davison Minerva Councilman
Peter C. Economus 1970 District court judge
James S. Gwin 1979 District court judge
Kermit L. Hall Legal history scholar
Don Plusquellic Mayor of Akron, Ohio
Thomas C. Sawyer Mayor of Akron; Congressman
Betty Sutton Congresswoman
Mary Taylor Ohio State Auditor
Kim Zurz Politician
Michael Morell Director of the Central Intelligence Agency


Name Class year Notability References
Aaron Archer Toy designer for Hasbro
Dan Auerbach Guitarist and vocalist (The Black Keys)
David S. Brown Historian and professor at Elizabethtown College
Yvette Nicole Brown Television and film actress
Michael Buckley NY Times Bestselling author of The Sisters Grimm series
Patrick Carney Drummer (The Black Keys)
John E. Leland 1986 Director, University of Dayton Research Institute. [1]
Dan Moldea Journalist
Charles J. Pilliod, Jr. CEO of Goodyear
Nikola Resanovic Composer
Mark Scatterday Conductor
Joshua I. Smith Businessman
Irving C. Tomlinson 1880 Prominent Christian Scientist, secretary to Mary Baker Eddy [2]
George Wallace Comedian
Neil Zaza Instrumental Guitarist [3]

Faculty and staff

Athletic coaches

Name Department Notability Reference
Alex Adams Men's basketball Head coach (1976)
Jim Aiken Football Head coach
George Babcock Football Head coach
Paul Baldacci Football Head coach
Russell Beichly Men's basketball Head coach
Paul Bixler Men's basketball Head coach
Red Blair Men's basketball; football Head coach
Dwight Bradley Men's basketball; football Head coach
J. D. Brookhart Football Head coach
Kenneth Cochrane Football Head coach
James W. Coleman Men's basketball; football Head coach
Frank Cook Football Head coach
Coleman Crawford Men's basketball Head coach (1990–1995)
Ken Cunningham Men's basketball Head coach
Keith Dambrot Men's basketball Head coach (2004–present)
Jim Dennison Football Head coach
Otis Douglas Football Head coach
Thomas Dowler Men's basketball; football Head coach
Walter East Men's basketball Head coach
Archie Eves Football Head coach
Gerry Faust Football Head coach
Forest Firestone Football Head coach
Frank Haggerty Men's basketball; football Head coach
John Heisman Football Head coach
Dan Hipsher Men's basketball Head coach
William Houghton Football Head coach
Bob Huggins Men's basketball Head coach
Pat Knight Men's basketball Assistant coach (2000–2001) [4]
Gordon K. Larson Football Head coach
Tony Laterza Men's basketball Head coach
Jack Lengyel Football Assistant coach (1959)
Joe McMullen Football Head coach
Lee Owens Football Head coach
Rev. Alfred W. Place Football Head coach
Bob Rupert Men's basketball Head coach
Fred Sefton Men's basketball; football Head coach
Wyatt Webb Men's basketball Head coach
Clarence Weed Men's basketball; football Head coach
Earl Williams Men's basketball First head coach
Harry Wilson Football Head coach

Faculty and administrators

Name Department Notability Reference
Meredith Gardner German Professor (former)
John C. Green Political Science
Ralph P. Hummel Public Administration and Urban Studies Professor (former), author of The Bureaucratic Experience [5]
Parke Kolbe University president (former) [6]
Luis M. Proenza University president (present)
Mack Rhoades Athletics Director (2005–present)
John F. Seiberling Law Politician
Jim Tressel University vice president (present)


External links

  • University of Akron alumni database at
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