Chiefs announce Coaches of the Week
By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
The Kansas City Chiefs have announced this week’s Coach of the Week honors. The second awards of the season go to Phil Lascuola of Hogan Prep Academy and Ryan Lonergan of Shawnee Mission South.
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.
Hogan Prep moved to 3-0 this past week with a hard fought win over Center. The Rams win avenges a loss to the Yellowjackets during last season’s Class 3 playoffs. Lascuola said it was an honor for his program to even be considered for the award.
“We feel honored and blessed to even be in a conversation of that magnitude,” Lascuola said. “It just goes to show the hard work the kids put out on the field.”
Lonergan led his team to a 10-7 win over Olathe North. It was the Raiders first win of the season and the first win over Olathe North since 1993.
“It’s been a little while, and it was a long time coming,” Lonergan said. “Any time you can get a win against Olathe North it’s a big win. There was a reason it had been 20 years it’s because they’ve been good for 20 years. We are trying to get to that point.
“Just to bring some good strong publicity to the program is good. We would like to get our community a little more involved in football. It’s been a long time since they’ve had a winning team to cheer for. It would be nice to provide that and put a little pride back in the community and this positive publicity is only going to help in that effort.”
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.
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