Coach Heather Powell

Coach Heather Powell, center, is leaving Guntersville after a season. She will be the new coach at Fyffe, where she played and has coached previously.

After a season at the helm of the Guntersville girls basketball program, Coach Heather Powell is leaving to return to her home school of Fyffe.

She played there, where she was part of 3 state championships, and she ultimately won the state’s Miss Basketball title in the process (see other story). She later was the head coach at Plainview. She was an assistant coach at Fyffe the year before coming to Guntersville as head coach.

She said her decision to return to Fyffe was a hard one.

“The people of Guntersville have been so kind to me,” she said. “I’d gotten really close to my ball kids. There’s great potential there and I think it’s an up-and-coming program. You have amazing parents. So it was a tough decision. It went down to the wire.”

She said in the short time she was here, she was able to develop some great relationships that will leave her with wonderful memories.

She said the Guntersville girls have a good core nucleus of players returning next year and some solid younger players moving up.

“I’m really excited about the talent pool there and I look forward to the future of Lady Wildcat basketball. Whoever gets the job is going to inherit some good talent, some hard working kids and amazing support from the parents and coaches.”

She said Coach Steve King had done a great job with the Fyffe girls program.

“I just hope to be able to continue that,” she said.

Coach Powell’s husband Luke had coached and taught at Guntersville last year. They’d learned he would not be retained.

“We don’t know exactly where he will be this fall, but we know God has a plan,” Coach Powell said.

The Powells have 3 children, a daughter, Hadlee, who is a 7th grader, and sons Sylas, 4th grade, and Wyatt, 1st grade.

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