Grey Powell has had a lot of success with his athletes and also with other students in which he comes into contact, and he’s proud of the success Oklahoma Christian Academy (OCA) has had.
The OCA head football coach and athletic director is from Shreveport, La., and is now starting his seventh year at the Edmond school. He and his wife Sharon have been married for 26 years and have four children.
Powell met Sharon at Harding University in Arkansas. She teaches history at OCA. His eldest son, Alex, is 24. His eldest daughter, Haley, just got back from a trip to Argentina, but is going on to college at Pepperdine University. His younger son Caleb is attending the University of Central Oklahoma. His youngest child Rebekah plays basketball at OCA. All of the Powell’s children have been involved with athletics at some point.
Powell said he loves sports, having played football in college, but added that there’s more to school than just sports.
“Only 5% of high school athletes go on to play in college,” he said. “Athletics has to be more than playing ball in college.”
Powell coached in Texas and Alabama, won a state championship in Arkansas in 2002 and another in Tennessee in 2006.
The coach said he spends extra time with his athletes to make sure they know he cares about them. Powell said he’s been a part of larger schools where it’s harder to get involved, but it’s different at the Edmond private school, alluding to the fact that many of the students are more involved.
“We’ve had starting offensive and defensive linemen have leads in a play or musical,” he said.
Powell said players can always get better, but their identity is not how well they do in school or in a sport.
“We want to compete and get better, but that’s not the most important thing,” Powell said. “Our goal is to win games and championships, our purpose is to honor God and use these gifts.”
Powell uses his coaching and life skills to help all the students in which he comes in contact.
There are students who aren’t athletes who have taken their lunches into his office just to hang out and talk about academics or another subject.
Mentoring all the students as the need arises is the way Powell sees his teaching responsibilities, but he says the success he’s had as a teacher and coach wouldn’t be possible without his support group.
Powell said, “I couldn’t do what I do without my wife, family and other coaches.”