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July 18, 2014 1:03 pm

Panther FB coach Jim Stringer dies Friday morning

Written by Tribune Staff

Powell High School football coach Jim Stringer died suddenly Friday morning.

Stringer suffered an apparent pulmonary cardiac arrest at his home on Lane 9 1/2 in rural Powell, said Park County Coroner Tim Power. Emergency responders were called around 11:05 a.m. and Stringer was taken by ambulance to Powell Valley Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Power said.

“His loss will have a huge impact on Powell High School, the district and the community,” said Superintendent Kevin Mitchell. “He was a wonderful friend, teacher and coach, and more importantly, husband and father.”

His final game on the sidelines was on Nov. 19, when the Panthers defeated Douglas 19-13 in overtime to capture their third straight 3A state title.

Stringer was later named the Wyoming Coaches Association 3A Football Coach of the Year. He also claimed the award in 2011.

The tall, burly, bearded coach guided his teams to victory repeatedly. But aside from his success on the gridiron, Stringer was known in the Powell community for his open, outgoing manner and friendly nature.

A 2010 letter he wrote to the Powell Tribune offered a glimpse of some of his views on life:

“As I learned the value of honest hard work living on my grandparent’s farm during the summer months of my elementary years, Grandpa also taught me important lessons in respect, appropriate social behavior and interpersonal communications. Many of the lessons continue to transcend time as sage clichés recognized and understood by most, such as: ‘Treat others as you would have them treat you.’

Or ... ‘Before you criticize someone, walk a mile in their shoes.’

“And one of my personal favorites ... ‘It is better to keep your mouth closed and be thought a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.’

“Now, my grandfather knew that the latter was not always possible, so he would sometimes follow it up with the age-old classic, ‘If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.’”

A lot of people said nice things about Jim Stringer during his life, and they are echoing those thoughts now. As a Powell school district employee said Friday afternoon, the news was “shocking.”

Stringer and his wife Jill had three children.

Coach StringerPowell High School football coach Jim Stringer brought three consecutive 3A state titles to the Panthers from 2011-13. Courtesy photo

19 comments

  • Comment Link July 18, 2014 2:01 pm posted by Kelsey Daffin

    This breaks my heart. He was such a fun teacher. He and I joked around all the time when I was in Powell High. Such an awesome guy..such a sad loss.

  • Comment Link July 18, 2014 2:15 pm posted by Alan and Linda Fischer

    What a shock! We are so sorry for our loss and his family's loss. Prayers to all.

  • Comment Link July 18, 2014 2:16 pm posted by Richard Garlish

    I am so saddened to read of Jim's passing. He had such a wonderful relationship with his family; Riley spoke of him as his best friend and greatest supporter. I always had great respect for him professionally as he was not only a great coach, but more importantly, Jim was a great teacher. I think a tribute to Jim's impact on the education community is that I really did not know Coach Stringer that well but I share deeply in the family's and community's loss. Great Guy and a model for all.

  • Comment Link July 18, 2014 2:19 pm posted by Marcos

    Jill and Family I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Comment Link July 18, 2014 2:21 pm posted by Curtis Kath

    Heartfelt Condolences to The Stringer Family , his Powell High School Family and the Powell Community at Large .

  • Comment Link July 18, 2014 2:42 pm posted by Bobbie Wilk

    First of all, I want to let Jill and family no that they are in our prayers. I just want to say that Coach Stringer was one of the best coaches I knew, he didn't just coach, he cared about each and every kid he was coaching, that is why we had the sucess we had in sports. The kids respected and loved him as a coach and a man. This is a tremendous loss to not just the Powell schools, but to the many of kids out there who loved and respected him

  • Comment Link July 18, 2014 3:14 pm posted by Jim Cannon

    So sorry! I pray that you all are lifted up in prayer and know that God's grace is mightier than anything on this earth. Our deepest condolences to you.

  • Comment Link July 18, 2014 3:19 pm posted by Kristen Riley

    My heart goes out to his family. He was always such a great man and a wonderful educator. His loss will be felt deeply throughout the community.

  • Comment Link July 18, 2014 3:29 pm posted by Shannon Eller

    My heart breaks for his family. What a wonderful person he was. I pray for comfort and peace for his family. He will be deeply missed.

  • Comment Link July 18, 2014 4:19 pm posted by Emily Hart

    He was a great teacher and vital to our community. I was glad to have him involved in my education. We ache for Jill, their kids, and their family.

  • Comment Link July 18, 2014 5:20 pm posted by Alicia Aguilar

    So sorry for the loss, saddens my heart. God defiantly gained an awesome angel. Prayers for strength for his family and close friends as well of all is past students who have nothing but great memories. He was a good man may he rest in peace.

  • Comment Link July 18, 2014 7:12 pm posted by Former PHS student

    I am very sorry to hear about the loss of Jim. He was and amazing teacher and individual. He was so kind and caring to me and all of my classmates. He spoke such kind words about his wife Jill and his kids while I was in attending PHS. I am very saddened and I know he will be missed by all. My heart goes out to Jill and their children. I know he loved them very much. He also cared so strongly for his students and was so proud to be a football coach at PHS. Let's find peace as we remember him.

  • Comment Link July 18, 2014 7:33 pm posted by Coach and Lori Phebus

    May God's grace give Jimmy's family all the peace and understanding they need through this difficult time. May the support of this amazing community he and his family have become such a big part of bring them strength. His family and friends are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Comment Link July 18, 2014 9:41 pm posted by Wayne Goodman

    I'm so sorry to hear about this. I was fortunate enough to teach with Jim and I know he was dedicated and passionate. Angie and I send our regrets.

  • Comment Link July 19, 2014 6:38 am posted by April French

    Jim Stringer was a student teacher at Powell High School in 1991-1992, my senior year. I remember him as a fun and kind individual, who kept things lively in the classroom. Although I have not known him well since then, I know how well loved and respected he was in our beloved Powell community. Heartfelt love and condolences to the entire Powell community. Praying for you all.

  • Comment Link July 19, 2014 7:19 am posted by Shilo Elliott

    Before there was Powell High School, Mr. Stringer touched lives at Kingman High School in Kingman, Arizona. He was my biology teacher my freshman year and football/softball coach to many of my friends. One man has impacted many lives in our small community and throughout yours. I am very saddened to hear of his passing. His wife and children are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Comment Link July 19, 2014 11:42 am posted by Shante

    This was one awesome teacher and coach! Sorry to see his go :(

  • Comment Link July 19, 2014 1:34 pm posted by Katie Bennett

    My heart goes out to Jill and the children! He was a wonderful teacher and an even greater man! I am proud to have had him as a teacher and friend! He will be so missed!

  • Comment Link July 23, 2014 7:07 pm posted by Kristin Boerema Evans

    He was one of my favorite teachers. He will be missed terribly.

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