KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Kansas City Chiefs have announced the latest recipients of the Missouri and Kansas High School Coach of the Week awards. Oak Grove’s Pat Richard (Missouri) and Shawnee Mission West’s Tim Callaghan (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, Richard and Callaghan 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.
Pat Richard receives the award following Oak Grove’s convincing 49-13 victory over Excelsior Springs on senior night. Oak Grove’s season has been filled with other notable victories too, from snapping Harrisonville’s 48-game conference winning streak, to its 54-7 defeat of rival Grain Valley in the “Four Mile Trophy Game.” But perhaps no accomplishment in his two-year tenure with the Panthers has meant as much as Friday night’s win, which secured an undefeated regular season for Coach Richard. No stranger to success, Richard played on the 1985 Shawnee Mission West squad that captured the Kansas 6A state championship before compiling a 29-5 record as a quarterback at Baker University. In his previous head coaching stop at Orrick, he led the Bearcats to back-to-back Missouri Class 1 state championships in 2007 and 2008. Oak Grove is ranked No. 9 in the latest Metro Sports Super 25 Poll and open the Missouri Class 3 playoff bracket by hosting Southwest Early College on Thursday night.
Tim Callaghan earned the award after Shawnee Mission West’s 31-14 win against rival Shawnee Mission East. It extended Shawnee Mission West’s win streak to six games, with one regular season game remaining. After a tough loss to Lawrence Free State in the second game of the year, Coach Callaghan preached focus and resiliency to his team, which has obviously served the Vikings well. A seasoned veteran of the local gridiron scene, Coach Callaghan played at Bishop Ward before serving as an assistant at Washington and Olathe North. He is now in his 10th season at the helm of Shawnee Mission West. He’s no stranger to playoff success as he guided the Vikings to an appearance in the 2006 6A state title game and was an assistant under legendary coach Gene Weir at Olathe North on multiple other state championship teams. Coach Callaghan’s squad will host Sunflower League rival Shawnee Mission Northwest this week, heading into the game ranked No. 7 in the latest Metro Sports Super 25 poll.
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 Director of Special Events Gary Spani will be on hand 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.