Coach Profile: Pleasant Ridge's Chris Powers 12/13
By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
It may be a long way from where he started playing football, but Pleasant Ridge coach Chris Powers has found a home on the sidelines coaching the Rams.
Powers has been the head coach at Pleasant Ridge in Easton, Kan., since 1995 and has been at the school as an assistant coach and teacher since 1989. He is originally from Long Island, New York and made his way to Kansas after one of his brother’s went to Emporia State on a football scholarship.
His brother went on to coach and that example inspired Powers to his career choice.
“I have always wanted to coach I have another brother who still lives in NY and he was a teacher/coach for a long time and I think that it was always in the back of my mind that I wanted to be like him,” Powers said. “I loved being an assistant coach it was a lot of fun and I probably could have been an assistant for a long time and not ever worried about it. The opportunity arose in 1995 I took the chance and I have not looked back. I love being in charge and coaching the kids.”
Powers has had many successes in his time with Pleasant Ridge including several playoff wins over the last few years to go along with a Delaware Valley League title in 2009. The Rams had a winning season even with a run through districts that featured some of the toughest teams Kansas Class 3A in the districts. Pleasant Ridge finished the season 5-4 after starting the season 5-0.
Even with the recent struggles Powers said he hopes his players learn something about football and how to act as a person when their playing days are done.
“In my opinion, a good coach is a good teacher first,” Powers said. “If you can teach you can coach. I hope that my kids learn to respect their opponents win or lose. I hope that they can always show class in both wins and losses. I want them to always remember to treat others the way that they want to be treated.”
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