Chiefs announce fifth Coach of the Week awards
By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
The Kansas City Chiefs have announced this week’s Coach of the Week honors. The fifth awards of the season go to Blue Valley Northwest’s Mike Zegunis and Pleasant Hill’s Kyle Roach
As a result of this honor, both schools will receive a $500 grant. Additionally, Zegunis and Roach 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.
Blue Valley Northwest beat Blue Valley 31-28 in a key EKL showdown last week. The Huskies have won their last two games after starting the season 1-2. This week Northwest hosts Blue Valley Southwest in the final game before district play begins in Kansas.
“It truly is an honor and I am always kind of embarrassed that it is done in my name because it is a total team effort,” Zegunis said. “My coaches have done a terrific job of keeping the boys focused on getting better and playing better football.
“It really is a credit to my assistant coaches and the players in my program for them to stick with it and keep getting better each week. Fortunately it is paying off now. It’s fun to have wins in close games like that and hopefully it is something that will continue to motivate as so we will be playing our best football at the end of the year.”
Pleasant Hill moved to 6-0 by beating previously undefeated Oak Grove 26-22. The Roosters have gotten better each week and look like a team that can not only win its conference, the Missouri River Valley East, but go far in the Missouri Class 4 postseason.
“It is a very big honor to have the Chiefs recognize us,” Roach said. “We all would agree as coaches that we get honors such as these when we get nice players in our program and we do right now. Our kids have done a very good job of understanding just one game at a time. Kind of our motto has been the most important game of the season is Friday and our kids just know that.”
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