The Kansas City Chiefs have announced their Coach of the Week honors for the eighth week of the 2020 season. The awards go to Belton High School coach Todd Vaughn and Eudora High School coach Sean Hayden.
As a result of this honor, both schools will receive a $500 player health and safety grant from the Hunt Family Foundation. 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.
Belton is in the midst of a huge turnaround season. The Pirates went 0-10 last year but won their first eight games this season and moved to 9-1 with a first-round playoff win over Truman Friday.
"First of all, I would like to thank PrepsKC and the Kansas City Chiefs for all that you all do for high school football," Vaughn said. "Secondly, I have to give credit where it is due, our kids and coaches have done a great job of coming to work every week and just trying to get better. I am so proud of this football program."
Eudora pulled off a huge come-from-behind win in the first round of the Kansas Class 4A playoffs. The Cardinals trailed Piper 15-0 at the start of the fourth quarter only to go on to score two touchdowns with two two-point conversions for the win.
"It means the world being named Chiefs Coach of the Week," Hayden said. "This award goes to our incredible coaching staff and our football athletes. They work extremely hard and never give up. We have been in several one-score games this year against very good teams and I was happy for our kids to finally get a victory out of a close game. This is a major turning point for our football program. Thank you to the Chiefs and the Hunt Family Foundation."
In its 24th season, the 2020 High School Coach of the Week 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. For the last 11 years it has combined 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.