being a triplet
running track at Oregon
tearing my ACL
training for the Olympics
working in global education
starting an NGO
traveling to 30+ countries
speaking around the world
being a father to Haiven!
AK Ikwuakor, also known as “Coach AK”, is an entrepreneur, educator, consultant, strategist, storyteller, and former Top 10 world-ranked athlete from the University of Oregon. Coach AK has traveled to more than 30 countries working with students, athletes, coaches, governmental agencies, celebrities, and CEO’s, and even victims affected by terrorism through his entrepreneurial endeavors. His endeavors include work in sports diplomacy, storytelling, peak performance, fashion, virtual reality, leadership development, global education, and business coaching.
From Coach AK:
‘I led an unorthodox life. From narrowly missing the 2008 Olympic Games, to working at top educational institutions such as Phillips Exeter Academy and The St. Paul’s School, to founding a fashion company, there is never a dull moment. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love the Freedom, Joy, Teamwork, Collaboration, Pressure, and even the Pain, it takes to get to fully experience all life has to offer.
I’ve worked with companies such as Google, Raymond James, RBS, Biogen, IQVIA, DearWorld, Duke Basketball, NYU, Xavier, Oath, Americans Promoting Study Abroad, Global Players, Dermelogica, Jimmy V Foundation, the State Department, WeWork, and ImpactHUB to name a few.
I’ve been featured in Sports Illustrated, Nike, Yurbuds, Women’s Health, Sony, Fox Sports, The Doctors, and was even a contestant on the Fox game show, Are you Smarter than a 5th Grader? with my triplet brother. (Unfortunately, we were not smarter than a 5th Grader!)
I’ve founded several companies including Empower2Play, a sports diplomacy project working with the US Government and ELETE Styles, a made to measure clothing provider for athletes and working professionals. And I’m an international speaker and adviser to companies around the globe. But where I really feel at home is with my daughter, Haiven, in Boston. Personally I also enjoy rock climbing, standup comedy, and, you guessed it, traveling.’
Can you imagine being a triplet? Can you imagine being the youngest of the triplets and the triplets being the youngest of 6 children? I am the youngest of the youngest. To say that I had to fend for myself growing up is an understatement. I had to be the best just to get fed!
I had a learning disability which kept me from excelling in school; I was lost without that confidence. One day, walking home after being bullied, I passed the local Football field and caught the eye of Coach Bishop. That Coach, and sports, saved my life by introducing me to a game. A direction. A purpose. Finally, something I could work hard at, excel in, and find confidence. Sports saved my life, literally.
In 2014, I traveled to Quezon City, Philippines to hold an impromptu sports camp for 50 kids in the neighborhood. That experience led to an international sports diplomacy organization working with governmental agencies to promote peace and provide opportunities for high achieving youth.