Akers resigns as Gate City football coach

Kevin Mays • Oct 29, 2018 at 9:00 PM

GATE CITY — After back-to-back 1-9 seasons, Chris Akers has resigned as head football coach at Gate City.

Gate City athletic director Brent Roberts confirmed Monday that Akers had submitted his letter of resignation. Roberts said he couldn’t comment on what the letter said because he hadn’t seen it.

Akers, who compiled a 7-24 record during his three seasons at Gate City, did not return phone calls Monday.


Akers’ third year at the Blue Devils’ helm ended Friday with a 22-21 Mountain 7 District loss to Wise Central, which dropped them to 1-9 for the second year in a row.

Gate City’s only win this season was a 23-20 victory over Lee High on Oct. 12.

Gate City defeated Wise Central 14-12 in the final game of the 2017 regular season to avoid going winless.

In 2016, his first season coaching the Blue Devils, Akers led them to their only playoff appearance in the past four seasons. Gate City lost its first five games that year but closed the regular season by winning its last five. The Blue Devils fell to Glenvar 34-27 in the first round.


Akers, a Graham High School graduate who played football for the G-Men under legendary coach Glynn Carlock, came to Gate City in 2016 following the retirement of Bill Houseright.

Akers coached two years at Rural Retreat, compiling a 13-10 record and leading the Indians to back-to-back playoff appearances, before leaving for Gate City.

Prior to his stint at Rural Retreat, Akers spent a decade in assistant coaching positions at George Washington in Danville and William Fleming in Roanoke.

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