Chiefs announce Coaches of the Week
By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
The Kansas City Chiefs have announced their Coach of the Week honors for the seventh week of their 2014 season. This week’s honors go Blue Valley’s Eric Driskell and Lafayette County’s Steve Cook.
As a result, both schools will receive a $500 grant towards player health and safety equipment and/or education. Cook and Driskell 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 respective state’s Chiefs High School Coach of the Year Award, which will be announced at the conclusion of the football season.
The 2014 High School Coach of the Week program is a joint initiative of the Kansas City Chiefs and the National Football League. The program is designed to recognize and reward Kansas City area high school coaches who have created successful programs for teams and players both on and off of the playing field. This includes coaches that champion philosophies which advance and promote player health and safety.
Blue Valley has quietly moved through its season with only one loss heading into last week’s district game with a one-loss Olathe South. The Tigers dominated South 49-0 to move to 7-1 on the season and improve to a commanding 2-0 record in district play.
Even though he was named the Coach of the Week Driskell said this is honor goes beyond himself and the coaches.
“This is a great honor for our entire program,” Driskell said. “Awards like this are a direct reflection of a great coaching staff, great kids, and great community support. I cannot speak highly enough about how great our kids are and our coaching staff. I am honored to work with these great players and coaches everyday. On behalf of the entire program and the Blue Valley community we are honored to be given such an awesome award.”
Lafayette County opened its postseason with an impressive 50-14 win over Missouri River Valley Conference East Rival Holden. The win moves the Huskers to 10-0 as they move into the district semifinals where they will host Cole Camp. This is the third straight year Lafayette County has finished the regular season undefeated. Going back to the 2011 season the Huskers have won 36 straight regular season games and have an overall 45-4 record.
Cook said this award is a direct reflection of the hard work his team has put in over a long period of time.
“For me it’s an honor towards our players,” Cook said. “It’s something that the label is “Coach of the Week” but I feel blessed to have the opportunity to work with young men who have really bought into hard work and what we are trying to do as a coaching staff. I have an excellent coaching staff that works hard every day and the boys are in every day in the summer and really work hard during the week to execute everything that we need them to do.”
Each state’s winner is selected in collaboration with PrepsKC. For more information on this week’s winners and the Chiefs Coach of the Week program, visit kcchiefs.com or prepskc.com.
Jefferson County North
St. Joseph Central Indians
Mid Buchanan Dragons
NOAH Tulsa, Okla.
Anderson County Bulldogs
Pleasant Ridge Rams
Olathe East Hawks
Van Horn Falcons