Akina confirmed Sunday night upon his arrival in San Jose, Calif. that will join the Cardinal program this week. Stanford began its spring practices on Feb. 24 without a defensive backs coach.
"I really appreciated Coach Shaw and the Stanford staff," Akina said in a text message. "Excited to join a university so rich in tradition academically and athletically, much like the one I just left. Looking forward to being part of a great staff and continue to grow in this profession."
Credited as the architect of the "DBU" tradition at Texas, Akina coached 14 All-Big 12 defensive backs and two Thorpe Award winners during his 13 seasons with the program. Ten of his former Longhorn defensive backs played in the NFL last season.
Under his tutelage, Michael Huff and Aaron Ross developed into Thorpe Award-winning defensive backs at Texas, and Quentin Jammer and Earl Thomas were both finalists for the award. In addition to those four, three more Akina pupils -- Nathan Vasher, Michael Griffin and Rod Babers -- went on to earn All-America honors.
Following Texas coach Mack Brown's resignation, Akina announced in January he was leaving the program after he wasn't retained by new coach Charlie Strong.
Prior to his stint at Texas, Akina coached 14 seasons at Arizona. He'll return to the Pac-12 to take over the Stanford secondary after its previous position coach, defensive coordinator Derek Mason, left in January to become the head coach at Vanderbilt.
While coach David Shaw worked to land Akina, graduate assistant Marc Mattioli had been filling in as the secondary coach during Stanford's spring practices, which resume on March 31.