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Former Lone Tree and WACO head football coach Lonnie Powers was honored at halftime of Friday night’s game between the two schools.
Powers, now retired, will be inducted into the Iowa High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame this winter.
He started his high school football coaching career at Lone Tree in 1982.
That year, he led the Lions to a Class A state championship.
He had continued success at Lone Tree, where the Lions were state runner-up in 1984, made the state quarterfinals in 1985 and were playoff qualifiers in 1986.
Powers left Lone Tree in 1990 to become an assistant coach at Iowa Wesleyan, but after a year, he felt the pull to return to the high school coaching ranks.
He took over the WACO program in 1991.
WACO were playoff qualifiers in 1991, 1996, 1997, 1998 and 2000.
While at WACO, Powers was selected to coach the Shrine Bowl as well.
He finished his career at Knoxville High School, where he coached from 2001-07.
Powers’ overall coaching record was 149-79-1.
He is now retired and lives in Iowa City with his wife, Jackie.