Great starts earn Chiefs Coach of the Week

By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Posted: September 7, 2017 - 7:59 AM

The Kansas City Chiefs have announced their first Coach of the Week honors for the 2017 season. The awards go to Raytown’s Logan Minnick and St. James Academy’s Tom Radke.

As a result of this honor, both schools will receive a $500 grant. Additionally, Radke and Minnick will be presented congratulatory footballs autographed by Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid and a certificate recognizing their selection along with a Gatorade kit. Each coach is now a finalist for their state’s Chiefs Coach of the Year Award.

The 2017 High School Coach of the Week fueled by Gatorade 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 award fueled by Gatorade is intended to honor individuals who are shaping today’s youth and tomorrow’s leaders.

Raytown is off to its first 3-0 start since 1991. Last week they beat Grain Valley 49-14 after opening the season with wins over Truman and Liberty North.

Minnick said this award is an honor for the entire program.

“The Raytown Football Program is very honored to be recognized,” the first-year head coach said. “I give all the credit to our players and assistant coaches. I ask for a huge time commitment from not only our coaches but players as well. It's been a very exciting three weeks for our program, and hopefully we can continue to build on this early success and momentum.”

St. James opened its season with an impressive 45-21 win over two-time defending Class 5A champions Mill Valley. Radke said his players and staff have worked very hard to earn a win like the one over Mill Valley.

“It is a great honor for our coaching staff to be named Chiefs coach of the week,” Radke said. “It was a good win for our program and especially for our seniors. I told the reporters right after the game how excited I was about the win against. Mill Valley for our whole St. James community.

“For the coaches, it got us to 1-0, but for the fans it meant a lot more. We have a tremendous fan base, and this win is for them. I was proud of how our team came together this off season, and it all came together on Friday night.”