Posted: 3:44 pm Friday, February 7th, 2014

Football: Bill Powers to step down as Jupiter Christian head coach after 2014 season 

By Anthony Chiang

After building one of the state’s top small-school football programs, Bill Powers is ready to step down.

Jupiter Christian won state titles in 2007 and 2008 under coach Bill Powers. (Photo by Phil Sears)

Powers will resign from his position as Jupiter Christian’s head football coach following the 2014 season. He informed his team on Friday afternoon.

“I just thought it was time to move on,” said Powers, who has been the Eagles’ head coach for the past nine seasons. “There’s no good way to leave. I thought putting one more year in and letting everybody know what was going on would be best.”

Jupiter Christian has already decided on its next head football coach, as assistant head coach Jim Davis will step in for Powers in 2015. Davis has been on Jupiter Christian’s coaching staff since Powers was hired nine seasons ago.

“We work great together,” Powers said of Davis. “He’s on campus during the day and I’m not anymore, so I thought that would be a good transition.”

This is one of the biggest reasons for Powers’ decision. He lost his position as a discipline coordinator at Jupiter Christian in May, forcing him to be apart from his players and the school for most of the day.

The Eagles won state titles in 2007 and 2008 under Powers. But Jupiter Christian has not achieved the same success in recent years, missing the playoffs with a 5-4 record last year and finishing with a 2-7 record in 2012.

“Over the years, we were playing every big school around,” Powers said. “We’re not relevant right now as much, but our kids still work hard. We overachieved last year at 5-4 and I think we will overachieve next year. But I don’t know if we will ever have a run like that again.”

Although Powers won’t be Jupiter Christian’s head football coach in 2015, he has not ruled out helping the team in a different role.

“I’m not sure what I’m going to do,” he said. I may continue to help out there. I may look for another head coaching job locally and I may even try college. I’m not really sure.”