The Kansas City Chiefs have announced their first Coach of the Week honors for the 2018 season. The awards go to Lee's Summit North Head Coach Jamar Mozee and Olathe South Head Coach Craig Lewis. Coach of the Week presentations will take place at 3 p.m. today, Wednesday, Sept. 12 at Lee's Summit North and 3 p.m. tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. 13 at Olathe South.
As a result of this honor, both schools will receive a $500 player health and safety grant from the Hunt Family Foundation. Each school will also receive a Gatorade Sideline Kit, including coolers, bottles and Gatorade products. Additionally, both coaches will be presented congratulatory footballs autographed by Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid and a certificate recognizing their selection.
Both coaches are now qualified for the Eric Driskell Coach of the Year Award, which will be voted on later this fall. The Eric Driskell Coach of the Year Award is selected by a panel comprised of the Missouri and Kansas Boards from the Greater Kansas City Football Coaches Association. One coach will be selected from the pool of weekly winners and will be honored at the 2019 Pro Bowl as the Eric Driskell Coach of the Year.
Lee's Summit North is off to a 3-0 start this season. Last week the Broncos beat powerhouse Blue Springs for the first time in school history 28-27 in overtime. This was the first win in 21 tries dating back to 1999. Mozee said he and his staff were honored to earn the award.
"It is a great honor to receive this award from the Kansas City Chiefs," Mozee said. "Bronco nation is very proud to be recognized. It is a testament to the hard work our young men have put in this off-season to win a big game."
Olathe South is off to a 2-0 start with wins over Lawrence and Olathe Northwest. The Falcons have outscored their opponents 61-17 in their two wins this season. Lewis was thrilled for his program to receive the honor.
"I feel very undeserving and honored," Lewis said. "Thanks so much for this recognition. I want everyone to understand that our success comes from my coaches, players, and parents putting in thousands of behind-the-scene hours of work and organization. So, any credit I receive really goes out to a multitude of people. We are very grateful for this award."
In its 22nd season, the 2018 High School Coach of the Week Fueled by Gatorade is a joint initiative of the Kansas City Chiefs and the National Football League. This program is designed to recognize and reward Kansas City area high school coaches for superior performance on a weekly basis while honoring individuals who are shaping today's youth and tomorrow's leaders.
The Kansas City Chiefs partner with PrepsKC to select Coaches of the Week from Missouri and Kansas each week. PrepsKC is the only complete multimedia coverage of high school football in the Kansas City Metro. This new way to look at high school football combines a dynamic web site, weekly magazine and comprehensive weekly radio show. More information about PrepsKC, including scores, schedules and coverage can be found at www.prepskc.com.