Coach Profile: West Platte's Chuck Siler 10/17
By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
It’s easy to overlook football in the smaller classes. The bigger schools grab a lot of the headlines, but there is a lot of great football at the smaller schools in the Metro.
One of the most successful programs over the last few years is West Platte. The Blue Jays have been near the top of the KCI conference since Chuck Siler took over at the start of the 2009 season.
Siler came to West Platte after being an assistant at St. Joseph LeBlond and Platte County. He worked for 10 years at Platte County as an assistant under legendary coach Chip Sherman. Siler said he has learned a lot of things from those coaches he has worked for and followed over the years.
“Danny Brown gave me a chance to start, and his offensive knowledge was a big influence,” Siler said. “I learned how to win from Chip Sherman, and I like Marty Schottenheimer’s ability to motivate.”
In Siler’s first three seasons West Platte has risen to the top of the KCI and become a player in the Class 1 playoffs.
The last two seasons the Blue Jays have advanced to the sectional round both times losing to KCI rival East Buchanan.
This season the Blue Jays are off to a 4-4 start, playing in a KCI that features several teams that will make deep runs in the Class 1 and 2 playoffs. West Platte has fallen to Penney, East Buchanan and Lathrop but it also handed Wellington-Napoleon its only loss of the season.
Siler has had success on the field, but he said that isn’t what he enjoys the most about coaching.
“I love giving a young man the opportunity to excel,” Siler said. “No matter how good he is, he can excel at his level. I love helping him be the best he can be. I also like molding a group of young men into a working unit, a team and achieving their goals.”
How Siler achieves those goals are pretty simple
“Treat them like they are your own and discipline, discipline, discipline,” Siler said. “I feel we are the last bastion of discipline that many of these kids will have or get.”
It is still not known how far West Platte will go this season but the program is in good hands with Siler at the helm.
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