Don Powers

Don Powers 

Former Citadel football coach Don Powers passed away Monday, according to his family. He was 73.

Powers was head coach at The Citadel from 1996-2000 with a record of 19-36, succeeding Charlie Taaffe. Powers served as defensive coordinator for Taaffe for seven years, helping the Bulldogs' 1992 team to an 11-2 record, the Southern Conference title and the No. 1 ranking in Division I-AA.

A graduate of Western Carolina, Powers was inducted into that school's athletics hall of fame last summer.

Powers, who lived in Mount Pleasant, had been ill with a heart ailment. A year ago, one of his former Citadel players, Carlos Frank, put together a book called "The Powers in Us" that collected some of Powers' sayings and quotes.

"What kind of man has 50 quotes that everyone remembers 20 years later?" Frank said before presenting the book to Powers. "Some of them are funny, some of them make you scratch your head. But for a lot of players, they remember what Coach Powers said to them during tough times."

Taaffe, who presided over some of The Citadel's best teams, said he turned the defense over to Powers.

"Don was the senior statesman of the coaching staff and did a fantastic job," Taaffe said a year ago. "With my background and focus always on the offense, I really needed a defensive coordinator I could turn it over to. Don did just that, he was the head coach of the defense."

Funeral arrangements are pending.

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