Chiefs announce Coach of the Week

By PrepsKC staff
Posted: September 11, 2013 - 3:14 PM



The Kansas City Chiefs have announced their first Coach of the Week honors for the 2013 season. The first awards go to Dustin Delaney of Shawnee Mission East and Jeff Tolbert of Van Horn.
 
As a result of this honor, both schools will receive a $500 grant. Additionally, Delaney and Tolbert will be presented with congratulatory footballs autographed by Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid, a special-edition Coach of the Week hat and a certificate recognizing their selection. Each coach is now a finalist for their state’s Chiefs Coach of the Year Award. The Coach of the Year award will be selected via voting on kcchiefs.com at the end of the regular season.
 
The 2013 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.
 
Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame linebacker and current Director of Special Events Gary Spani will be on hand to present the coaches their respective awards.
 
Delaney’s Shawnee Mission East squad opened its season with an impressive 34-0 win at Leavenworth. This is Delaney’s first season at East since coming over from Emporia. The Lancers had few returning starters on offense and were implementing totally new systems on both sides of the ball leading up to their first game.
 
Delaney said the players and coaches are responsible for the victory and for any honors he receives.
 
“Obviously my name will be attached to this Coach of the Week award but you can’t do anything without a tremendous staff,” Delaney said. “Obviously our defensive coordinator Chip Buffer did an unbelievable job at the Leavenworth game. On top of that the players. Coaches don’t win awards unless their players execute and play well and win football games. Any award that I would get is for Shawnee Mission East it’s not for me personally.”
 
This past week Van Horn earned a 49-48 win over Wyandotte in a game that went down to the final seconds. The win moved the Falcons to 2-0 on the season. Van Horn was able to outlast a dynamic Wyandotte squad that features one of the top quarterbacks in the Metro Dimonic McKinzy.
 
Tolbert said his team fought hard in the game and it was a testament to their effort and commitment that the Falcons were able to come out with the win.
 
“It was probably one of the most exciting games I’ve ever been involved in as a coach,” Tolbert said about the win. “It was just a tremendous win for the players. I felt like the coaches did a tremendous job of preparing the kids for the game. It was just a huge win all the way around for us.
 
“It’s absolutely an honor but it is a tribute to our entire coaching staff and really all of the players as well. I’m honored definitely, but that is something that I share with the entire program.”
 
Each state’s winner is selected in collaboration with Preps KC and the story and podcasts with each winner will appear on Wednesdays on PrepsKC.com.