Brian Power joined the Hanover College athletic department staff in 2011 to lead the Panthers' men's and women's track & field programs. In 2015, Power was appointed Director of the Cross Country and Track & Field programs.
Under Power, the women's track & field team has won three indoor and outdoor track & field Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championships. The conference named Power its 2012 and 2013 HCAC women's track & field coach of the year for both the indoor and outdoor seasons, and also the coach of the year for the 2017 indoor campaign.
In the last seven years, Power has coached 60 First Team and 55 Second Team All-HCAC athletes. His squads have broken 58 school records in his tenure.
The 2017-18 season was highlighted by numerous individual awards, including Erin Trimpe, who qualified and placed 10th at the NCAA Division III Outdoor National Championships in the women's pole vault. The junior's placement was the highest of any Hanover female athlete at the NCAA outdoor national meet. Trimpe, along with Joe Sheryak of the men's team, both earned USTFCCCA Great Lakes all-region honors, while also being tabbed academic all-Americans by the national coaching organization.
Additionally, under the guidance of Power and head cross country coach Brady Wells, Joe Rector concluded his collegiate career with a pair of academic all-American honors. Rector received national academic accolades from the USTFCCCA in the fall for cross country, and was later named a Google Cloud CoSIDA Academic all-American in the spring of 2018.
The men's track & field team also saw a 2018 senior, Andrew Strong, receive HCAC most valuable player honors at the league's outdoor championship meet. Behind Strong's performance and the direction of Power and his staff, the Panther men tallied their highest point total in program history at the outdoor HCAC Championships, 105, with the league's inception beginning in 1989 as the Indiana Collegiate Athletic Conference.
During the 2016-17 academic year, Power stepped in as the interim cross country coach, while also leading the two track & field programs. Three cross country runners earned all-HCAC honors, as both teams finished third in the league championship. The men’s cross country team also won two events, marking the first time in nearly 20 years the Panthers earned a team victory.
The 2017 track season was highlighted by the women’s team, which won the indoor HCAC championship outright before sharing the conference outdoor crown with Manchester. Under Power’s guidance, senior Savannah Hubbard also became the first Hanover athlete to qualify for both the NCAA Division III indoor and outdoor national championships. Hubbard, who was the 2017 HCAC Indoor Field Athlete of the Year, also garnered USTFCCCA academic All-American honors.
During the 2016 campaign, junior Savannah Hubbard and senior Joe Feldman both earned USTFCCCA NCAA DIII Great Lakes All-Region honors for the indoor season. Both were the first-ever Hanover athletes to receive this distinction. Hubbard also earned All-Region honors during the outdoor season and was named the HCAC Field Event Athlete of the Year for both the indoor and outdoor season. Feldmann and classmate Ashlee Arbaugh set HCAC records in the 400-meter run and shot put to cap the 2016 Indoor championship.
In 2014, then-junior Briahna Chambers national qualifying mark of 5.67 meters (18'07.25"). Chambers was the first Hanover College field athlete to qualify for the NCAA DIII championship and the second Hanover athlete ever to do so. Chambers was also named HCAC Indoor Track Athlete of the Year during the 2013 season.
He comes to Hanover after serving as track & field and cross country coach at the International School of Indiana since 2007. His teams yielded 18 academic all-state athletes, three all-state cross country runners and a sectional champion. In a previous coaching stint at Warrensburg-Latham High School, Power coached a state qualifier in the 3200-meter run and multiple school record holders. He is a 2003 graduate of DePauw University. While at DePauw, Power was a four-year member of the track & field and cross country squads. He earned the cross country team's Coaches Award in 2002. Power also has completed course work for a master's degree in English literature at Eastern Illinois University. Coach Power previously served as the USTFCCCA Great Lakes women's cross country representative and is both a USTFCCCA Certified Track & Field Coach and USTFCCCA Jumps Specialist.