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Veteran educator Alphonso Powell left Freemont High School 15 years ago after helping the Tiger football program to six consecutive winning seasons and two Silver Bowl appearances. He’s now the district’s new Executive Director of Athletics and Activities. “I’m thrilled to be back, and humbled and honored to be the Executive Director of Athletics and Activities,” Powell says. “My background and experiences, as a coach, teacher, and an assistant principal, have prepared me well for this position. I am and have always been about the whole student, developing well-rounded young people who are college and career ready. They succeed in the classroom, on the field and in the community. Student athletes are students first, and academics is the priority.”
It’s been a long journey for Powell, who left Fremont to coach football at Diablo Valley College before returning to his hometown of Sacramento. He has been a head coach in football, basketball, wrestling and soccer, as well as a varsity assistant coach in football, basketball, baseball and tennis. From 2004-2007, Powell coordinated the former Grant Joint Union High School District Middle School League. In 2008, Powell was named Director of Student Athletics for the newly formed Twin Rivers Unified School District.
Powell has excelled in the classroom, too. He taught for 12 years, and for the past five years has served as the Assistant Principal at Father Keith B. Kenny K-8 School in Sacramento. The school saw significant gains in API scores with Powell assisting with the implementation of a model school with the focus on high student achievement and building a positive school climate that supports the whole child.
Powell is a graduate of California State University, Hayward, where he received a bachelor’s degree in Recreation Administration with a minor in Youth Services Administration. He completed his Administrative Services credential at California State University, Sacramento.
Powell played four sports while attending Cordova High School, winning Metro League titles in football and basketball. He played football at Sacramento City College, where he was a member of the Panthers’ 1989 Camino Del Norte Conference championship team.