General Manager Larry Harris announced today that the Bucks have signed Jarinn Akana (a-KAH-na) to a contract as an assistant coach for player development. Akana joins the Bucks after spending the last six seasons with the Denver Nuggets, most recently serving as a scout from 2005-07. Akana joins Tony Brown, Brian James, Bill Peterson and Jim Todd on the coaching staff of Head Coach Larry Krystkowiak.
“Jarinn brings a great deal of developmental coaching experience to our club,” said Krystkowiak. “He understands the game and how to get the most out of players. I am very excited about what he brings to our team.”
While with the Nuggets, Akana also held the positions of Assistant Coach/Player Development (2003-05), Assistant Coach (2002-03) and Player Development/Asia Scout (2001-02). Prior to his stint with Denver, Akana spent one season (2000-01) with the Dallas Mavericks, serving as the Assistant Director of Player Development.
Akana has five years of collegiate coaching experience, including two seasons serving as an assistant for the University of Hawaii (1995-97) and three seasons at Brigham Young University - Hawaii (1997-00). He has also done some guest coaching for the Chinese National Team (2000).
“I would like to thank Senator Kohl, Larry Harris and Head Coach Larry Krystkowiak for this great opportunity to join the Milwaukee Bucks organization,” said Akana. “We have a great staff and a talented group of players with a lot of potential. I look forward to this upcoming season and contributing all I can to make this team better.”
Akana, a native of Molokai, Hawaii was a three-year letterman at the University of Hawaii from 1991-94. He helped lead the Rainbow Warriors to a 1994 NCAA Tournament berth. Akana graduated from Hawaii in 1995 with a degree in communications.