The Kansas City Chiefs have announced their Coach of the Week honors for the fifth week of the season. The awards go to Liberty North head football coach Andy Lierman (Missouri) and Louisburg head football coach Drew Harding (Kansas).
As a result of this honor, both schools will receive a $500 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.
Liberty North defeated Blue Springs 35-10 to move to 6-0 on the season. The Eagles have allowed no more than 14 points in a single game this season and are currently ranked No. 1 in Class 6 in the state of Missouri. Lierman said this award is for the entire program.
"I am extremely honored to receive this award. The credit goes to our players and the assistant coaches, it is a reflection of all the hard work and time spent in preparation each week," Lierman said. "Thank you to the Kansas City Chiefs and PrepsKC for this award."
Louisburg earned a 28-27 overtime win over previously undefeated Eudora. The Wildcats have won four straight games since opening their season with a loss. In Harding's first year as a head coach, the Wildcats are at the top of the Frontier League standings. Harding said this award shines a light on everyone's hard work.
"It is an honor to receive this award," Harding said. "However, it is truly a team award, not a 'me' award. Without the assistant coaches putting in the game plan and the players executing that plan on game night this award doesn't happen. We are excited to receive this award to showcase everyone's hard work within the program."
In its 26th season, the 2022 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 13 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.