Perfect starts earn Chiefs Coach of the Week

By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Posted: October 4, 2017 - 7:46 AM

The Kansas City Chiefs have announced this week’s Coach of the Week honors. The awards go to Smithville’s Jason Ambroson and Tonganoxie’s Al Troyer

As a result of this honor, both schools will receive a $500 grant. Additionally, Troyer and Ambroson 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 Eric Driskell 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.

Smithville rolled Maryville 42-6 to move to 7-0 and take the lead in the Midland Empire Conference. It was the first time Smithville had beaten the Spoofhounds in more than eight seasons. Ambroson said the award was more about the entire program and community.

“This is a great community honor for our school and program to be recognized by the Kansas City Chiefs,” Ambroson said. “I am truly blessed to work every day with amazing young people and motivated adults that consistently work to do right in all they do. We are so fortunate to all spend this journey together and we humbly thank the Kansas City Chiefs for validating our success with this honor.”

Troyer’s Chieftains rolled through Lansing 37-3 to move to 5-0. Tonganoxie is currently 3-0 in the Kaw Valley League with a one-game lead on Basehor-Linwood. Troyer said this was an honor for everyone at Tonganoxie.

“It is an honor to have Tonganoxie High School receive this award from the Kansas City Chiefs,” Troyer said. “I am blessed to be at a place where our success leans not on one man, but the combined effort of our coaches, athletes, teachers, administration and community. Thank you to the Kansas City Chiefs and PrepsKC for your continued support for high school football.”