After 17 years of dedication and service to the Powers Track and Cross Country programs David Quinn is retiring as head girls cross country coach and assistant track coach.
Coach Quinn started working with the Powers cross country program in 2001 as the freshman boys coach. In 2005, Coach Quinn moved over to the girls team as the lead assistant.
Legendary Coach Michael Gould retired following the 2009 cross country season and Coach Quinn succeeded him as the head girls cross country coach starting in the Fall of 2010. It’s common to hear that you never want to follow a legend, but it is safe to say that Coach Quinn’s tenure as head cross country coach lived up to the high standard set by Coach Gould.
Accomplishments under Coach Quinn’s guidance include a perfect 8 appearances at the cross country state meet in 8 years. This continued a streak that has now reached 12 straight and 25 of the last 26 years. Team Championships included the final 2 Big 9 team championships prior to the dissolution of the league, 4 regional championships, not to mention a streak of 3 straight from 2015 – 2017, and 6 Greater Flint Championships as well as a 4th place finish at the 2016 cross country state meet. Coach Quinn also coached 4 individual regional champions, two Greater Flint Champions, 1 big 9 champion as well as many all region, all conference and all state runners. Coach Quinn has previously been honored as Greater Flint, Big Nine, Saginaw Valley and Regional Coach of the year on numerous occasions.
If Coach Quinn’s cross country coaching career wasn’t impressive enough one just needs to glance at the school record board to have an idea of his impact on the track program. Under Coach Quinn’s tenure as lead girls assistant and hurdle guru, school records were set in the 800 meter run (Lyndsey Braman 2016), 1600 Meter run (Julia Vanitvelt 2017), 100 Meter Hurdles (Tyra Hunter 2015), Shot Put ( Nikki Sargent 2016) Discus (Nikki Sargent 2016) High Jump (Kit Goyette 2017) 3200 Meter relay (2017 Julia Vanitvelt, Paige Deitering, Libbie Gleason, Lyndsey Braman) and 1600 Meter relay (2017 Julia Vanitvelt, Paige Deitering, Libbie Gleason, Lyndsey Braman).
If one single event captures Coach Quinn’s impact on the track program, it is the 3200 meter relay. Under Coach Quinn’s watch, the Powers girls went from a team that occasionally qualified for the state meet to a perennial contender for all state honors to a force that has to be in the discussion for the state title. This was evident in 2016 when top returning runner Sarah Dedolph suffered a season ending injury but the team rallied under Coach Quinn’s leadership and the foursome of Lyndsey Braman, Olivia Bennett, Libbie Gleason and Julia Vanitvelt won the 3200 meter relay state championship. In 2017 with the addition of newcomer Paige Deitering the expectations were nothing less than shattering the the Division 2 record. This goal was achieved but an exceptionally strong team from Holland Christian outran the Chargers to break the state record first leaving Coach Quinn’s squad with a state runner up finish and the second fastest time ever in division two.
Don’t expect this to be the end of Coach Quinn’s days as a Charger as he is moving up to the new position of Coach Emeritus and he will always remain a part of the Charger family.