The Kansas City Chiefs have announced the recipients of the Missouri and Kansas High School Coach of the Week award for this week. Fred Bouchard of Staley High School (Missouri) and Steven Jackson of J.C. Harmon High School (Kansas) each received this honor after a strong performance by their respective teams this past week.
As a result of this honor, both schools will receive a $500 grant. Additionally, Bouchard and Jackson will be presented with congratulatory footballs autographed by Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid and a certificate recognizing their selection. Each coach is now a finalist for their state's Chiefs Coach of the Year Award.
Staley is off to a 4-0 start in 2015. The Falcons beat Liberty North 21-0 in a game that stretched over two days due to inclement weather. Staley's starting defense has yet to give up a point this season and the team has allowed just 24 points in four wins over North, Raymore-Peculiar, Blue Springs and William Chrisman. Bouchard thanked the Chiefs for the honor and for supporting high school football.
"Being recognized by the Kansas City Chiefs is an honor for the Staley Falcons football program," Bouchard said. "This is truly a team accomplishment and I feel blessed to not only be surrounded by great players, but also a great collection of assistant coaches who have been working tirelessly to make sure we put our guys in a position to be successful. We appreciate the Chiefs support of high school football in KC and for selecting us for this award."
Harmon beat Topeka Highland Park 30-26 for its first win of the season. The victory also broke a 31-game losing streak dating back to the 2011 season. Jackson said this award is a direct reflection of the work put in by his players and fellow coaches.
"I appreciate the honor of being named Coach of the Week by the Chiefs organization," Jackson said. "My coaches and athletes have committed themselves to constant improvement day in and day out and this acknowledgment is a great indicator of success to come to the Harmon football program.
"These young men have worked very hard throughout this long process, believing that their hard work would pay off. I believe they have earned it and hope to continue to build. Thank you to all of our supporters and again to PrepsKC and the KC Chiefs."
The 2015 High School Coach of the Week program 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 program is intended to honor individuals who are shaping today's youth and tomorrow's leaders.