March 6, 2013
Logan High School basketball legend Willie Akers will be going to Georgia to continue his recovery following an accident at the Charleston Civic Center back in February.
Akers, who is also a Logan County Commissioner, will be transferred from Charleston Area Medical Center (CAMC), where he’s spent about three weeks.
He will now head to the inpatient rehab facility near Atlanta.
During the fall Akers hurt his back, broke his nose and suffered a laceration to his head.
The fall happened on February 13, while the former Wildcat coach was attending a basketball game. He fell face first onto the Civic Center’s floor following a game.
Five days later, he had surgery at CAMC General to repair the fractured C6 vertebra and his broken nose.
Reportedly Akers rehab will last for 13 weeks. Part of the rehab will focus on helping the 75-year old Akers to walk again. He also has had some problems with his right arm.
Akers coached basketball at Logan High for more than 20 years and won several state titles. Before that, he won a state championship at his alma-mater Mullens High School back in 1957. He then went on to play basketball at West Virginia University from 1958 to 1960.
One of his teammates and best friends at WVU was Jerry West. The two still remain close.