Angie Akers

Angie Akers is currently a national team coach for the Netherlands beach volleyball teams of Keizer/Meppelink (2018 European champions) and Sinnema/Bloem.

Her journey to the Netherlands began shortly after her playing career ended in 2013. She competed on the FIVB World Tour from 2009-2012, earning a No. 5 world ranking and FIVB Rookie of the Year award in 2009. In 2010, she was No. 7 in the world rankings with partner Tyra Turner while earning four medals (two silver, two bronze.) In 2012, she was a qualified alternate for the London Olympic Games.

She was also a top-ranked player on the AVP Tour from 2002–2013, earning AVP Rookie of the Year in 2002. She appeared in 22 semifinals in her career, advancing to two finals.

Akers played indoor volleyball for the Irish at the University of Notre Dame from 1994-97 where she was a freshman All-American and led the conference in aces and kills during her four seasons.

Her coaching career began after a knee injury ended her playing career. She began coaching at the club level in California before the opportunity to coach as an assistant in the Netherlands beach national team program presented itself. After four months with the Dutch, she took over coaching the top team of Madelein Meppelink and Marleen van Iersel. In 2015 and 2016, she coached Meppelink and van Iersel to four FIVB medals (two silver, two bronze) and a No. 6 overall Olympic ranking. They finished ninth at the Rio Olympic Games.

Akers is a founding member of the International Beach Volleyball Coaches Association (IBVCA). She serves as vice president and is an advocate for advancing the profession of beach volleyball coach.

She and her husband, Jeremy, currently live in The Hague in the Netherlands.