Schartz, Sims earn Chiefs Coaches of the Week

By PrepsKC staff
Posted: September 23, 2015 - 6:07 AM

The Kansas City Chiefs have announced the Coach of the Week honors for this past week. The awards go to Ryan Schartz of Fort Osage and Blue Valley North’s Andy Sims.

As a result of this honor, both schools will receive a $500 grant. Additionally, Sims and Schartz 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 state’s Chiefs Coach of the Year Award.

The 2015 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.

Fort Osage beat Staley 17-14 in overtime in a matchup of top ranked teams. The Indians trailed 14-0 and rallied for their 26th straight regular season win dating back to the 2012 season. Schartz said this honor is more for his staff of coaches than for him.

“I am going to accept this award but I am going to accept it on behalf of our staff,” Schartz said. “Especially our defensive staff. Brock Bult and Aaron Giles. Those guys have done a fantastic job all year long. The reason we won that ballgame was because of our defense. They scored a touchdown for us and really played shutout ball.

“I’m giving them all the credit and I really appreciate the award obviously and I thank the Chiefs.”

Blue Valley North beat Blue Valley West 28-7 to move to 2-1 on the season. The two wins match the Mustangs win total from all of last year and are more than every season dating back to 2011. Sims said earning this award is more about the program than him.

“It is a privilege for our football team to receive this honor,” Sims said. “Our players and coaches have put in a lot of time, effort and energy over the last year and half and it is beginning to show.

“We are also very thankful that the Chiefs take the time to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of the local high schools here in Kanas City. There are a lot of hard working coaches and players in the Metro who sacrifice each and every week, so that their teams can compete and win on Friday nights.  We are just thankful to be a part of it all.”