KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Kansas City Chiefs have announced the latest recipients of the Missouri and Kansas High School Coach of the Week award. Blue Springs’ Kelly Donohoe (Missouri) and Lawrence Free State’s Bob Lisher (Kansas) each received this honor after a strong performance by their respective teams last week.
As a result, both schools will receive a $500 grant towards player health and safety equipment and/or education. Additionally, Donohoe and Lisher will be presented with congratulatory footballs autographed by Chiefs Head Coach Romeo Crennel and a certificate recognizing their selection in addition to a special-edition Chiefs Coach of the Week hat. Each coach is now a finalist for their respective state’s Chiefs High School Coach of the Year Award, which will be announced at the conclusion of the regular season.
Coach Donohoe receives the award following a 35-14 victory over cross-town rival Blue Springs South. Heading into the game, both teams were ranked in the top 10 of the Metro Sports Super 25 Poll. However, Donohoe helped his team to maintain its concentration as they stayed focused solely on their game plan and execution. While the Wildcat offense moved the ball with relative ease, its defensive execution was the theme of the evening as this swarming unit held its rival to only 108 total yards. This is the fourth-consecutive victory for Coach Donohoe over Blue Springs South, a rare accomplishment in such a well-balanced rivalry. Blue Springs readies for another matchup this week between squads ranked in the Metro Sports Super 25 Poll as the No. 2 Wildcats host No. 14 Raymore-Peculiar.
Coach Lisher receives the award following Lawrence Free State’s surprising 28-0 victory over previously-undefeated Shawnee Mission East, a game that is already being touted as one of the biggest upsets of the year. What is perhaps the largest testament to Lisher’s coaching ability is his team’s margin of victory in the contest. Lawrence Free State found a successful formula for both their offense and defense all night, as the offense found the end zone again and again, while the defense pitched a shutout. Lisher’s No. 6-ranked team won’t have much time to celebrate the upset though, as they host a talented Wyandotte team currently ranked No. 24 in the Metro Sports Super 25 Poll this week.
The 2012 High School Coach of the Week program is a joint initiative of the Kansas City Chiefs and the National Football League. The program is designed to recognize and reward Kansas City area high school coaches who have created successful programs for teams and players both on and off of the playing field. This includes coaches that champion philosophies, which advance and promote player health and safety.
Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame linebacker and current Director of Special Events Gary Spani will be on hand each week for a special presentation to honor the recipients at their respective schools.
Each state’s winner is selected in collaboration with Time Warner Cable’s Metro Sports. Time Warner Cable is the official video provider of the Chiefs.