The Kansas City Chiefs have announced their Coach of the Week honors for the first time this season. The awards go to Kearney coach Logan Minnick (Missouri) and Olathe West coach T.J. O'Neill (Kansas).
As a result of this honor, both schools will receive a $500 Coach of the Week 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.
Kearney opened the season with impressive wins over Platte County and Fort Osage. The Bulldogs earned a 21-14 overtime win in Week 1 and followed that with a 39-17 victory at Fort Osage. Minnick said it is an honor for his program to be recognized.
"We are very excited for this program recognition for a big team win," Minnick said. "We have an outstanding group of players and assistant coaches who are pouring their hearts and souls into KMO Football. Huge thanks to the KC Chiefs and those selecting this award! GO BULLDOGS!!!".
Olathe West opened its season by defeating Lawrence Free State 33-6. O'Neill said his staff and players worked hard getting ready to open their season.
"Thank you to the Kansas City Chiefs for this great honor," O'Neill said. "Our coaching staff did a tremendous job of preparing our guys against a tough opponent. Our team is a really special group of guys. They love football, love to work, and really enjoy each other's success. This award is a great opportunity to recognize them, our school and community. Go Chiefs!"
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.