The Kansas City Chiefs have announced Coach of the Week honors for the seventh week of the season. The awards go to Lee's Summit North's Jamar Mozee and Shawnee Mission South's Brett Oberzan
The 2017 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. The Chiefs Coach of the Week award is intended to honor individuals who are shaping today's youth and tomorrow's leaders.
Lee's Summit North defeated Liberty 30-15 to finish the regular season with a 6-3 record. The win guarantees the Broncos their first winning season in almost two decades.
"This is definitely an honor to win, but I have to give credit to my players and my coaching staff for preparing to compete last Friday against a good Liberty football team," Mozee said.
Shawnee Mission South took down Shawnee Mission West 33-14 for the Raiders' first win over the Vikings in more than a decade.
"It's a great honor to be named Chiefs Coach of the Week," Oberzan said. "This means that there are a lot of people involved for this to be able to happen, from the parents, administration, coaching staff and players. This is definitely a team effort and I'm proud of our kids the way they fight each week."
As a result of this honor, both schools will receive a $500 player health and safety grant from the Hunt Family Foundation and each school will 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. Mozee is now qualified for the Missouri Coach of the Year Award, while Oberzan is now qualified for the Eric Driskell Kansas Coach of the Year Award, both of which will be voted on later this fall.
Prior to the 2017 season, the Kansas City Chiefs announced that the Kansas High School Coach of the Year Award would be renamed in memory of Eric Driskell, the former head coach at Blue Valley High School. Driskell was a three-time award recipient during his seven years with the football program and spent 14 years as the head coach of the boys' track and field teams. Driskell suddenly passed away in mid- February.
A member of the Chiefs Community Caring Team will visit the winners this week for a special presentation to honor them at their respective schools. Each state's winner is selected in collaboration with PrepsKC. For more information on this week's winners and the Chiefs Coach of the Week program, visit www.chiefs.com or www.prepskc.com.