Rocky Powell graduated from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in 1981 with a B.S. in Business Education. He received his M.Ed. in Health, Physical Education, and Recreation in 1984. In 1988, he earned a Secondary Schools Principal certification. Rocky taught outdoor recreation courses and coached football at Southwestern Oklahoma State University from 1986 to 2006. He currently serves as the head football coach at Cordell, OK High School. Rocky teaches SCUBA Diving and SCUBA Lifesaving and Accident Management as an adjunct instructor for the Parks and Recreation Management Department. He is a certified SCUBA Instructor with both the YMCA and PADI SCUBA Programs.