The Powell Tribune and others are reporting that Powell coach Jim Stringer died earlier today from a heart attack.
Numerous condolences had been posted to Stringer’s Facebook wall by mid-afternoon. This afternoon, Stringer’s son Riley — a senior at Powell — posted on Twitter:
No matter what happens you will always be my hero <3
— Riley Stringer (@rileystringer77) July 18, 2014
Stringer, 44, was originally from Strasburg, Colorado. He had led Powell to three consecutive Class 3A championships. Powell enters the 2014 season on a 27-game winning streak. He took over as Powell’s head coach in 2003. His first season, the Panthers went 0-8; by 2006, Powell was state champions. He was 70-42 in his 11 years as head coach and won four state championships (2006, 2011, 2012, 2013). He was the North’s head coach for the Shrine Bowl in 2007 and 2012 and was part of the coaching staff for the North team in this year’s Shrine Bowl.
Stringer is survived by his wife, Jill, and his three children, Riley, Kooper and Kody.