Throughout the season, the Chiefs and Preps KC select one high school football coach from Kansas and another from Missouri to be honored as the Chiefs Coaches of the Week. This program is designed to recognize and reward Kansas City area high school coaches for their team performance and to honor individuals who are shaping today's youth.
Chiefs Hall of Famer and Director of Special Events Gary Spani visits the winners each week for a special presentation to honor them at their respective schools.
"It's been incredible to be a part of recognizing the high school football coaches across the metro area," Spani said. "Football has given these coaches an incredible opportunity to support all the great disciplines that help our young people be successful in life. The Chiefs understand the incredible undertaking and sacrifice that these coaches have made to teach and encourage these young people. We're excited to support these great coaches in both Missouri and Kansas through this program."
At the last home game of the regular season, the Chiefs honor the Coach of the Year. The winner is selected by a peer vote; the 2014 Coach of the Week winners rank the three most deserving coaches of their respective state, excluding themselves. The one with the most points is named the Coach of the Year.
For winning the award as Coach of the Year, the high school receives a $2,000 grant to use for player health and safety equipment and education and the honoree receives an autographed football from Chiefs head coach Andy Reid and a certificate recognizing his or her selection.
The Chiefs recognized Truman High School's coach, Gregg Webb, during the third week of the regular season as the Coach of the Week. The Truman Patriots had recently won their third straight game with a thrilling 31-28 victory over Liberty.
The Patriots ended the season 6-5, which was a fantastic turnaround from the previous year when the team was winless.
"It's a great honor, especially coming off the 0-10 season last year," Webb noted. "It's awesome that the Chiefs support local high school teams and are so involved in the community. We've made so much progress this year and that's directly on the kids. They've worked so hard and it's satisfying to see them feel successful."
On Tuesday evening before Truman's basketball game, Chiefs Ambassador and former Chiefs Coach of the Year winner Tim Grunhard recognized Webb at halftime for his accomplishment and award.
"It's not only a great honor, but it's a privilege to represent the Chiefs and it's nice to pass that on to another coach," Grunhard said. "He worked hard and dedicated himself for the young people around him and we want to let them know that the Kansas City Chiefs appreciate what they do."
Congratulations to Gregg Webb and the Truman Patriots football team on an incredible season and wonderful accomplishment!
Webb was selected alongside the Kansas Coach of the Year, Eric Driskell of Blue Valley. Thank you to both of these coaches for their outstanding work and leadership through the 2014 season.