BUTTE — In a season full of struggles and setbacks, the Butte High boys basketball program is now in need of a new head coach after Luke Powers announced his resignation this week.
Powers just wrapped up his fourth year at the helm of the Bulldog program. Butte High had another challenging season, which included not winning a conference game until the final contest of the regular season against Billings Senior, though when asked, Powers pointed to a couple different factors regarding his decision.
First was his family, which includes a 10-month-old baby girl. Second is that he was not oblivious to the struggles he had in the past two years as head coach.
“Maybe it’s time for someone else’s turn to coach this team,” said Powers. “I wish we could’ve won a few more games, and I’ve had success coaching before and I just knew that I was not having it right now.”
Powers informed his assistant coaches and players about his decision Tuesday and was met with an emotional reaction.
“Emotional coach, emotional players, but I’m glad I have that emotional relationship with those kids. I care about them so much,” said Powers.
Powers says this doesn’t mean he is hanging up the whistle for good, and said the day he was no longer a head coach became the day he turned into those kids’ biggest fan. Down the road when his daughter grows up, he said he would put coaching back into consideration, but for now he will enjoy the next chapter of his life.