Willie Akers returned home Friday to Logan County.
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Willie Akers returned home Friday to Logan County.

West Virginia basketball legend Willie Akers returned home to Logan County Friday afternoon following a long stay at a rehabilitation hospital in Atlanta.

Akers, 75, suffered serious injuries after falling face first at the Charleston Civic Center back in February. The former Mountaineer basketball player, championship winning high school coach and Logan County commissioner, broke his C6 vertebra and had to undergo surgery.

Akers’ son Darren said earlier this week on MetroNews Talkline that his father has made significant improvement at the Atlanta hospital but there’s still more work to do. He’ll return to Atlanta later this year.

Akers, who will most of the time be in a wheelchair, used the assistance of a walker when he returned home Friday.


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  • John Baker

    Willie...so many memories you gave me as a boy of 11 and 12 as I listened to your every move on my transistor radio. Know that, clear out here in Washington State, an "ole boy" of 66 is still rooting for you to come from behind and win! Wishing you the best possible recovery.

  • August Winter III

    Glad to hear you are recovering and back home.

  • Darlene Shaw

    Welcome back Coach Akers! God bless you as you continue to recover!

  • Jan Williams

    So happy to hear you're back in Logan. "You've come a long way, baby". My thoughts and prayers are still with you and Linda.

  • Audra Blackwell

    Hi Willie, you have been through so much. I'm so sorry this happened, but you have a strong will and resolve. If anyone can recover from this you can! You and your family have been in my thoughts and prayers over these past few months. Keep up the hard work you are doing at this time, and please know you have so many friends praying for your recovery. Much love, Audra

  • Todd S Fields

    Welcome Home Coach.. Be Strong and Encouraged.Lot's of work still to do But with God's Help and your Fight You'll be fine..God Bless..

  • Brad & Tammy Rae Browning

    Willie, we have been praying for your recovery, May GOD continue to touch your body and bring you back to walking without any aid. With Love, Brad & Tammy

  • E K VIA

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Hope will have a good recovery

  • Kevin Gertz

    Coach you look wonderful. Glad to see you back home. We love you and hope for a speedy recovery. Hope to see you back in the Fieldhouse soon.

  • mike hardesty

    Keep fighting Willie....go Mountaineers!

  • cutty77

    You can't keep a Mountaineer Down Long. Welcome back Willie.

  • Doug

    Although I don't know you Willie, I have always heard wonderful things about you! You are a WV Icon! Glad you are home!

  • Lu Mays Wright

    So glad for your progress, Willie. Lots of love and prayers,

  • Pam Carr Kerschner

    Willie, all your many friends from MHS/Mullens are praying for you. It must feel great to be back home. God bless.

  • Jack and Annabelle Arnold

    We are so proud of you W.D., you have worked to be where you are now. Glad you are home. God bless you. Love