New leaders have been picked for the Powell High School football and boys’ basketball teams, while two new assistants have been tabbed for the volleyball squad, PHS Activities Director Scott …
New leaders have been picked for the Powell High School football and boys’ basketball teams, while two new assistants have been tabbed for the volleyball squad, PHS Activities Director Scott McKenzie announced Wednesday.
In a bit of a shuffle, the current boys’ basketball head coach, Chase Kistler, will be shifting to take over the Panther football team. Kistler has served as an assistant football coach at PHS and previously played the sport at the college level.
“While we may be losing a quality basketball coach, we are gaining a new head football coach to continue the legacy that Powell football is known for in the state,” said McKenzie. “Chase has worked under three solid head coaches over the years and is ready to put his stamp on the program.”
Kistler’s experience as a player “will carry over to the gridiron and the successes to come,” McKenzie said. “We can’t wait for the fall season to arrive, and watch the product that Chase and the staff will put on the field!”
He replaces Aaron Papich, who recently resigned as head coach as he and his family prepare to pursue other opportunities elsewhere. McKenzie said the district will now begin a search for a new boys’ basketball coach, starting with internal candidates.
Meanwhile, Nick Fulton has been named as the new head PHS wrestling coach. Fulton has served as an assistant under longtime PHS head coach Nate Urbach — who recently announced his retirement from coaching — and “has put in the time and hard work to be our new head coach,” McKenzie said.
“Nick has been part of the tradition of excellence in Powell wrestling both as a great wrestler for PHS and as a coach here at PHS,” McKenzie said. “We are confident in his expertise and relationships with athletes that Powell wrestling will continue to be a contender year-in and year-out. ... We are excited to see what the future holds for Powell wrestling!”
Additionally, Chelsi Graham was announced as the new JV coach for the PHS volleyball team. She’s taking over for Jodee Metzler, who is moving back to coaching middle school volleyball. In another change to the volleyball lineup, Lesli Spencer is becoming the freshman coach, taking over for Mackenzie Graff, who is pursuing a new career, McKenzie said.
Graham will bring collegiate experience to the program (having competed at Sheridan College and Utah State) while Spencer has been involved with Powell’s spring AAU volleyball program for more than 15 years.
“Both of these ladies bring valuable knowledge to the program, and we look forward to next season,” McKenzie said.