|Year:||4th at MIT|
|Previous College:||Clark University '09|
Sara Hagstrom Akashian joined the MIT women's basketball coaching staff in the fall of 2011, marking her first intercollegiate coaching position. She previously served as an assistant coach with the Yarmouth High School varsity girls basketball team where she contributed to practice preparation and execution, scouted opponents, and worked individually with the guards.
A 2009 graduate of Clark University, Akashian was a two-year captain and played in 99 games, starting 77 including the final 76 consecutively. As a junior, she ranked 29th in the country in assists per game and then moved up to 21st during her senior campaign. Akashian was the recipient of the Alice M. Higgins Award which is given to one Clark University Female Student-Athlete on the basis of outstanding academic and athletic achievement. She was a three-time NEWMAC Academic All-Conference team selection and the Worcester (Mass.) Area College Basketball Association named her the co-MVP for Clark.
Akashian received a Bachelor of Arts degree in American government, graduated summa cum laude, and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honors Society. She was a Dean's List student every semester and was recognized as a Who's Who Student of Clark University.