Lite, Lisher named Chiefs Coaches of the Week

By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Posted: September 20, 2017 - 7:25 AM

The Kansas City Chiefs have announced this week’s Coach of the Week honors. The awards go to Staley’s Phil Lite and Lawrence Free State’s Bob Lisher

As a result of this honor, both schools will receive a $500 grant. Additionally, Hood and Dreiling 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.

Free State defeated Park Hill 21-16 in one of the biggest games of the season. Park Hill came in at 4-0 and ranked No. 1 in Missouri Class 6 while Free State was 2-0 and ranked No. 2 in Kansas Class 6A. Lisher said this honor is for his entire program.

“This award is special. Our players, coaches, administrators and parents have a hand in winning this award,” Lisher said. “This is an award that we are very proud of the fact that our program has earned. We would like to thank the Kansa City Chiefs for this award and appreciate all they do for high school football.”

Staley defeated Fort Osage 22-15 in a battle of undefeated teams. The win moves the Falcons to 5-0 on the season. Staley is currently ranked second in Missouri Class 5. Lite said this award is more for the players and assistant coaches.

“It is a great honor to be recognized by the Kansas City Chiefs Organization as Coach of the Week,” Lite said. “This is much more a team accomplishment, than an individual honor. I am blessed to be surrounded by outstanding players and coaches within the Staley Football Program who have dedicated countless hours of hard work and sacrifice.  Thank you to Staley Nation, the Kansas City Chiefs and PrepsKC.”