Perfect starts honored by Chiefs

By PrepsKC staff
Posted: September 21, 2016 - 8:32 AM

The Kansas City Chiefs have announced this week’s Coach of the Week honors. The awards go to Basehor-Linwood’s Rod Stallbaumer and Kearney’s Greg Jones.

As a result of this honor, both schools will receive a $500 grant. Additionally, Jones and Stallbaumer 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 2016 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.

Kearney is now a perfect 5-0 after a 30-0 shutout of Liberty North. Jones said this award isn’t just for him.

“In my opinion it is the Staff of the week,” Jones said. “I’m blessed to have great coaches and great kids that work hard for each other.”

Basehor-Linwood is off to an impressive 3-0 start to the season. The Bobcats have outscored their opponents 189-18 in that stretch and Stallbaumer said this award is one for the entire program.

“The Chiefs Coach of the Week is a great honor to our program,” Stallbaumer said. “I'm very blessed to have a great staff of coaches here at Basehor-Linwood who work extremely hard. I think that an award like this is more about recognizing our entire staff and players for their efforts.

“Our kids have sacrificed a lot as well to do the things that we ask them and without their efforts we don't have the kind of success it takes to be awarded things like this so it is a testament to our players’ hard work as well! Very appreciative of the Kansas City Chiefs for this honor.”