Scott McKenzie knew at the point his twin daughters, Karlie and Katie, entered seventh grade that he wanted to continue coaching basketball until they graduated — but that’s as far as he’d continue.
The Powell girls basketball team finished its 2018-19 season last weekend in Casper, falling in the semifinals of the Class 3A state tournament. That finished Karlie and Katie’s playing careers, and with them came their father’s three-decade coaching career.
McKenzie officially resigned as Powell’s girls basketball coach after 30 years of coaching and will continue working at the school as activities director. He spent his past seven years coaching as head coach, with 22 as an assistant and his first as a student-teaching assistant in Newcastle. The Panthers won the 2015 state championship and finished third in two seasons under McKenzie. In total, the Panthers went 124-59 in seven seasons with McKenzie as head coach.
“I’ve known for a long time,” McKenzie said. “I’ve been blessed that there’s a group below me hoping I’d stay, but I’ve known for quite a while and those kids knew this would be it.”
For the past decade he coached and taught alongside activities director Tim Wormland.
“He’s had a way of managing his basketball program so that kids felt involved, growing and improving,” Wormland said. “I never had to worry about our girls basketball program under Scott’s leadership.”
That leadership will be even more valuable in McKenzie’s new position. McKenzie has already begun shadowing Wormland and will officially take over as activities director in August. Wormland, meanwhile, will become Powell High School’s new principal after current principal Jim Kuhn retires at the end of the school year.
McKenzie planned on simply focusing more on his duties as Dean of Students. Instead, he’ll get a promotion to fill the coaching void.
“Super amazing that it all came together like that,” he said.
Added Wormland: “I couldn’t imagine somebody being a better fit at that position.”
Wormland said that Powell is in the midst of hiring for three new teacher openings. If none of those have interest in taking over the girls basketball program then they’ll start the hiring process, which would be within the next few weeks.