Coach Gordon Powers Announces Retirement after 38 years of Coaching Football
Coach Gordon Powers Announces Retirement after 38 years of Coaching Football
Posted on 11/16/2017
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After nearly 40 years as a collegiate and high school football coach, Model High School (MHS) Head Football Coach Gordon Powers is retiring. An illustrious career, that spans 4 decades and two states, comes to an end with 173 wins in 26 years as Head Football Coach. He is in the top four of winningest coaches at the three different high schools where he manned the sidelines.  

"On behalf of the entire Model Community I would like to thank Coach Powers for his great contributions to the school and the football team over the last years,” said MHS Principal Scott Savage. “He’s helped to develop a great group of men over his tenure. We wish him well with his retirement.”


Coach Powers finishes his head football coaching career at MHS after coaching 12 seasons during his 14 year tenure at MHS with 60 wins, 67 losses, and six playoff appearances. Coach Powers has taken four different teams to the state championship game; two in Georgia at Westfield School in Perry, and two at Owensboro High School in Owensboro Kentucky. He sent over 15 different players to play division one football and had two former players to play in the NFL. He has been named Region Coach of the year four times, all area coach of the year four times, and state coach of the year twice.


Coach Powers made the last stop of his coaching career at Model High School in Rome, Georgia. After being highly successful at his previous two stops, Coach Powers took the job at Model as a chance to turn a program around that had only won one game in two previous seasons.  His immediate impact was felt as his first team at MHS made the playoffs. Throughout his 12 season at the helm at Model, Powers took six teams to the state playoff which is a school record. His teams from 2012-2016 also set a school record by making the state playoffs 5 consecutive years. The 38 wins during that 5 years stretch is 3rd best all time in a five year stretch at MHS. Coach Powers leaves tied with N.S. Woodard for 2nd among wins as Head Football Coach at Model, and 3rd in win percentage at MHS behind Ralph Tuggle and Wayne Huntley.

“Coach Powers came to MHS in 2003 to take the head coaching position, bringing along his wife Debbie and their five kids.  We made the playoff his first year at MHS and we hadn’t made it in years. He has had a successful coaching record at MHS,” said former MHS principal and current Floyd County Schools Director of Student Services Dr. Glenn White. “He is a very hardworking and caring man who wants to do what’s best for the kids. Putting their needs for education or whatever above anything else. He’s a good man, a good person and a good friend. I wish him well. I don’t think he will stay away from football all together and he will be helping with football programs in our community somehow and some way.”


“I consider Gordon a very close friend and a very good football coach. He was a mentor to me and I learned a lot about football from him,“ said former MHS Offensive Coordinator and current Coosa High Head Football Coach Todd Wheeler. “He’s an animator. He would really use the talent he had to make creative plays. He always has the kids’ best interest at heart, he is a good friend to them and fellow coaches, and will be missed very much in the high school football coaching ranks.”


“He’s been great at trying to get to know me and work with me as well as the other coaches to come together and make football even better in Floyd County,” said Pepperell High Head Football Coach Rick Hurst. “He’s been instrumental in helping me feel everything out and making valuable connections in the community. I wish him the best. I hate to see people I enjoy being around go, but I understand and I think he’s done a tremendous job at Model. They’re a solid contender and it’s fun to compete against them.


Longtime friend of Coach Powers and Georgia High School Association Associate Director Tommy Whittle wanted to wish Gordon well in retirement and believes he is the kind of man and coach whose footsteps any young coach would want to follow in.


Although Coach Powers has not closed the door to a return to the sideline in a different capacity somewhere, he looks forward to spending more time with his wife Debbie, their children, and grandchildren.


ALL TIME RECORD

173-121-4

RECORD AT WESTFIELD SCHOOL

55-22-4

RECORD AT OWENSBORO HIGH SCHOOL

58-32

RECORD AT MODEL HIGH SCHOOL

60-67

TOTAL PLAYOFF APPEARANCES AS HEAD COACH

18

PLAYOFF APPEARANCES BY SCHOOL

WESTFIELD SCHOOL-5

OWENSBORO HIGH-7

MODEL HIGH-6(SCHOOL RECORD)

STATE CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCES

WESTFIELD SCHOOL-2(1986,1987)

OWENSBORO HIGH-2(1999,2000)


BY THE YEARS

1980-81 Tight Ends coach at Austin Peay State University

1981-1982 Defensive Backs coach at Northwest Whitfield High School, Dalton Georgia

1983-1989 Head Football Coach at Westfield School, Perry Georgia

1990 Offensive line coach at Northside High School, Warner Robbins Georgia

1991-1995 Defensive Coordinator/DB coach at Owensboro High School, Owensboro Kentucky

1996-2002 Head Football Coach at Owensboro High School, Owensboro Kentucky

2003-2008 Head Football Coach at Model High School, Rome Georgia

2009-2011 Assistant Football Coach, Model High School, Rome Georgia

2012-2017 Head Football Coach Model High School, Rome Georgia