(Coach Heather Powell returning to Fyffe is something of a legend going home. This is a portion of a story about her that ran in the Sand Mountain Reporter and it is reprinted here with permission.)
Young girls at Fyffe once grew up dreaming of playing basketball like Heather Mayes Powell during her legendary six-year career for the Red Devils from 1989-95. Hers was a career that featured 4,149 points and three Class 2A state championships. She earned Alabama’s Miss Basketball in 1995.
Beginning with the 2020-21 season, Fyffe girls can dream of growing up and playing for Powell, as she’s returned home to become the new varsity girls coach. The DeKalb County Board of Education approved Powell’s hiring during its May 12 meeting. She will teach health and physical education.
She comes to her alma mater after spending one season as varsity girls coach at Guntersville.
Powell enjoyed her season at Guntersville and believes the program made progress under her leadership. She expressed appreciation to her players, team parents, administrators, the booster club and Jonathan Hyde for the support they gave her.
Powell said Hyde always accommodated her team if it needed to practice at Supreme Courts, the facility he owns in Guntersville.
“It’s a tradition-rich school, and it’s a very talent-rich school right now,” Powell said. “I think the hopes for them and the future of the program at Guntersville are super high. They have some wonderful athletes coming back, and some that are coming up from the lower grades. I really do expect them to blow this thing out over the next few years and be in contention for some big stuff in postseason.
“I appreciated the opportunity to be there. I do think God opened that up for our family, for whatever reason. We got to be there a while. It was just a very difficult decision to leave.
“I came to love so many people there and my players there. It was hard and we prayed, and like I told them, we cried and we didn’t sleep. We really kind of just put ourselves through the ringer over whether we thought it was God’s plan for us as a family to try to stay there or try to come here. In the end, we just felt like this was what we were supposed to do.
“The people there have been super gracious and very kind about that decision. They said we know home is calling and we understand. I left with a good feeling about our experience there and really blessed to have gotten to be there for a year, and really know those people and hopefully have some sort of an impact on lives there.
“I know they had an impact on our lives and our family, and I appreciate them and I thank them and wish them the best of luck. I told them I would try to keep up with them. Text or call anytime and let me know the awesome things they’re doing. I hope to stay linked with them and get to see them do great things too.”