Chanler Buck, who served as a volunteer assistant for the Powell varsity football team the past three years in addition to coaching Powell's eighth-grade team, was named the Panthers' interim coach on Thursday.
Buck replaces Jim Stringer, who died of a heart attack on July 18.
"Chanler brings a lot to the table in terms of intangibles," Powell Activities Director Tim Wormald said. "I think he's going to be a good fit for Powell and he is someone I see as a long-term head coach, either here or somewhere else, in the future."
Prior to coming to Powell, Buck was an assistant coach at Carroll College in Helena. He started his college career at Utah State before transferring to Carroll College prior to the 2007 season.
Although this is Buck's first head coaching stint at the varsity level, Wormald said he's ready to step in and keep the Panthers on track.
"He knows it's going to be an uphill battle," Wormald said, "but at the same time we've got great coaches and players in place so that will definitely help his transition.
"I think he's going to be a good fit for the program and I think he's going to do a good job."
Stringer was 70-42 and won four state titles during his 11 years on the Powell sideline. The Panthers enter this season riding a 27-game winning streak and are the three-time defending Class 3A champions.
Wormald added that Buck ran a lot of Stringer's offensive and defensive systems as the eighth-grade coach, which should help his transition.
"Chanler understands the system Jim had in place and he knows that it was successful," Wormald said. "Jim had also mentioned to me in the past that he was impressed with the way that Chanler carried himself on and off the field. I think that says a lot about Chanler."