George Acker

George Acker

George Acker was an offensive guard on the 1951 Northern Illinois Huskie football team that went 9-0 and won the Interstate Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC) championship. A three-sport Huskie, he also lettered in basketball and tennis.

He also served as a college tennis coach and is an honoree of the NIU, Intercollegiate Tennis Coaches Association and Western Tennis Association Halls of Fame.

Early Life and Education

Early childhood is when children develop cognitive abilities and social skills that will serve them throughout life and school. With these foundations in place, children are primed for success both academically and personally in later years.

Parents are a child’s primary educator, especially during their early development. But children also require stimulation, support and interaction from people outside their family in order to learn effectively.

Early childhood education (ECE) programs can be invaluable in fostering healthy development during this critical period. Not only do they prepare children for school, but they also reduce crime rates, welfare dependency and child abuse so that future adults have better prospects as adults.

Professional Career

George Acker served as professor and head coach of Kalamazoo College for 35 years, during which his teams won MIAA tennis titles in 35 consecutive seasons. Additionally, he coached football, wrestling and cross country races.

George was a legendary coach to 38 All-Americans and earned himself two Division III Coach of the Year titles in 1982 and 1991. Additionally, he was inducted into several Halls of Fame including Intercollegiate Tennis Coaches Association and USTA/Midwest.

At trial, the Smiddys, who lived next door to Acker, testified that George ran out of her trailer screaming for help. Acker followed her out and grabbed her by the wrist before throwing her over his shoulder into his truck and driving away; never to be seen again by them after that point.

Achievements and Honors

George Acker’s accomplishments at Kalamazoo College and throughout his life are numerous. He was an acclaimed artist, author, and passionate human rights advocate.

His first book, “A Matter for Time,” was released in 2013 and explores the challenges one must overcome to reach their highest potential. His second book, “Notes to Myself,” released in 2017, deals with ways to reduce burdens that life throws at us.

Acker enjoyed a distinguished career as both an educator and coach at both junior high and high school levels. He served as head men’s tennis coach at Rich Township High School (now Rich East) from 1955 to 1957, before joining K-College faculty in December 1958.

Personal Life

George Acker was an enthusiastic sports fan. He especially enjoyed cheering on his favorite teams, especially the Green Bay Packers.

He dedicated a great deal of his free time to volunteering and serving his community, serving as a member of both the Kimberly Community Band and B.P.O.E (Bellingham Police Officers Emeritus).

Acker was an ardent family man, enjoying time with his four children. In addition to spending quality time together, he also enjoyed golfing and playing tennis.

He was an ardent Packer fan, often watching the team at Lambeau Field. Additionally, he belonged to both Spartanburg Rotary Club and Tri-County Technical College Commission; appointed by Governor Mark Sanford. At present, he works as Southern Region Director for Government & Community Relations for Duke Energy until April 2012.

Net Worth

Acker has earned her net worth through a successful acting career. As of 2019, it is reported that she is worth at least $2 million dollars.

As an experienced litigator, Acker has represented clients in a variety of matters. Her practice encompasses civil litigation, criminal cases and constitutional law.

Acker offers business counseling and advice, in addition to serving on the boards of several organizations.

Tanya Acker is married to her husband and lives with him in a Beverly Hills rental home. She maintains an intensely private lifestyle, rarely making public appearances about her personal life.

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