Akim Francis becomes the second member of the 2019 Blue Dragon coaching staff to also be a former Hutchinson player for head coach Rion Rhoades.
In his first season with the Blue Dragons, Francis will be the assistant defensive backs coach. Francis comes to Hutchinson after a one-year high school coaching stint at Osceola High School in Kissimmee, Florida. He was the linebackers and special teams coach for a 9-2 conference championship team.
Francis was a starter for the 2013 Blue Dragons, but played in only four games because of injury. The outside linebacker was productive in those four games with 25 total tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, one quarterback sack and one interception.
Francis moved onto Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas, and had a huge impact on that program in 2015 and 2016. A two-year starter at Baker, Francis had 84 total tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss 1.5 quarterback sacks, two interceptions and three fumble recoveries in 2015. Then in 2016, Francis was part of a Baker team that advanced all the way to the NAIA national championship game. In 14 games, Francis was Baker’s leading tackler with 112 tackles, 71 of those were solo stops. He had 14.5 tackles for loss, two sacks and two interceptions.
Francis was invited to work out for the Washington Redskins, but wasn’t able to complete the regional combine because of an injury.
He then played for the Green Bay Blizzards in the IFL as a starting linebacker.
Born in the United States Virgin Islands, Francis played in high school at Osceola High School in Kissimmee, Florida in 2012.
He earned a Sports Administration and Sociology degree from Baker University in 2017.