Mike Powell enters his first season as an assistant coach with the William & Mary men’s gymnastics program.
A 2004 graduate of W&M, Powell was a four-year member of the Tribe men’s gymnastics team and helped the program win four USA Gymnastics Collegiate Championships. Additionally, W&M won a national academic team title and two second-place designations from the College Gymnastics Association during his career at the College. Highlighting Powell’s individual accolades was the prestigious Benjamin Stoddert Ewell Award, which he received at W&M Commencement for exemplifying a well-rounded liberal arts education through his activities and academic studies.
“We are absolutely thrilled to have Mike coaching with us,” Gauthier said at the time of Powell's hiring. “He is the personification of the William & Mary gymnastics philosophy which embraces the personal growth of our gymnasts as well as excellence in the gym, in the classroom, and in the community.”
After years of coaching in his hometown of Columbus, Ohio, Powell accepted the Education Coordinator position at MHG Gymnastics in Minneapolis, Minn., in 2011 where he has been a vital part in developing a prominent program. Throughout his career, Powell has helped coach teams and individuals who have earned multiple USA Gymnastics state and regional championship titles, medaled at the Junior Elite and Junior Olympic Nationals, and qualified to the senior national P&G Championships.
Powell has a national coach certification through USA Gymnastics as well as a national level judging certification through the National Gymnastics Judges Association.
Between receiving his bachelor’s degree from W&M and earning a Master of Divinity degree from Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Powell served as a volunteer in India for the Young Adults in Global Mission. He went on to found the Young Adults in Global Mission Twin Cities Group and became a founding member of the YAGM Alumni Leadership Team, tasked with creating an alumni network for the organization. Since then, Powell has helped collect and organize alumni data, plan alumni events, create an alumni newsletter and social media presence, and spearheaded the creation of annual alumni scholarships.
He is married to Sharon Powell, an immigration attorney who will be moving her practice to the Williamsburg area.