The Kansas City Chiefs have announced their Coach of the Week honors for this week. The awards go to Oak Park head football coach Ken Clemens (Missouri) and Gardner-Edgerton head football coach Jesse Owen (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.
Oak Park is off to a 4-0 start after beating Truman 48-6. It's the best start for the program in more than a decade, and Clemens said his team is thrilled with the honor.
"We are grateful to learn some of life's greatest lessons from this great sport; and we are thankful for the Chiefs organization and all they do to help high school football."
Gardner-Edgerton beat Olathe West 36-19 to move to 3-0 on the season. This is the best start for the Trailblazers since 2018. Owen said this was a group effort.
"We are honored to have our program recognized. This is a great award for our team and our community. Our administration, coaches, and players have been all in. We would like to thank the Chiefs organization and PrepsKC for this award and all that they do for high school football in the KC metro area."
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.