Gordon Bryant Powers’ father didn’t name him Bear, but he came close. Gordon Powers, the head coach at Model, is the son of Archie Powers, one of Bear Bryant’s former players at Kentucky and later a member of Bryant’s staff at Alabama. That’s how Gordon Powers got his middle name. Archie Powers also coached high school ball for 18 seasons. Both Archie Powers and Gordon Powers won state championships as head coaches in Kansas. “Coach Bryant had a big influence on my dad, and some of the traits were passed on down in my upbringing,” Gordon Powers said.
Here are more Georgia coaches whose fathers were prominent in coaching:
*Matthew Gruhn of Lakeview Academy is the son of Bobby Gruhn, who is in the Georgia Athletic Coaches Hall of Fame.
*Kyle Hockman of McEachern is the son of Ken Hockman, who is in the Ohio Coaches Hall of Fame.
*Rodney Holder of Grovetown and Buddy Holder of Effingham County are sons of Terry Holder, who is in the Georgia Athletic Coaches Hall of Fame.
*Matt Fligg of Monroe Area is the son of Jack Fligg, who was an assistant coach at Georgia Tech, Alabama, West Virginia and Kentucky and was 38-14-8 in six seasons as a high school coach at Grady.
*Mike Forester of Mount Pisgah Christian is the son of Bill Forester, who is a member of the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame and was the defensive captain under Vince Lombardi from 1959 to 1963.
*Hal Lamb of Calhoun is the son of Ray Lamb, who is in the Georgia Athletic Coaches Hall of Fame.
*Keith Maloof of Norcross is the son of George Maloof, who is in the Georgia Athletic Coaches Hall of Fame.
*Brian Nelson of Mary Persons is the son of Bill Nelson, who is in the Iowa High School Coaches Hall of Fame.
*Chip Walker of Sandy Creek is the son of Rodney Walker, a 300-game winner in Georgia who won a state title at West Rome in 1984.
*Bill Shaver of Thomas County Central is the son of Fred Shaver, coach of Southeast Bulloch’s 1972 and 1973 state championship teams.
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