Inner-City coaches honored by Chiefs

By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Posted: October 25, 2017 - 8:30 AM



The Kansas City Chiefs have announced this week’s Coach of the Week honors. The awards go to Schlagle’s Dwayne Williams and Hogan Prep Academy coach Phil Lascuola.

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

Schlagle defeated Harmon 58-0 to finish the regular season 9-0. The win also wrapped up an undefeated 5-0 run through the Kansas City Atchison League and secured the No. 1 seed in the Kansas Class 5A East Bracket.

Williams said it was a team effort that earned the award.

“I would like to thank my coaching staff: Defensive Coordinator Taylor Wallace, Offensive Coordinator Cernyn Macon, Stephon Macintosh, Tony Williams, Prentice Potts, Nick McGrain,” Williams said. “Without their time and dedication none of this happens. This award is an indication of what a hard-working coaching staff can do, and my coaching staff and I thank you for this achievement.”

Hogan Prep rolled Oak Grove 60-14 in the first round of the Class 3 district playoffs. The Rams are now 10-0 on the season as they get ready to play Pleasant Hill in the district semifinals.

Lascuola said he was accepting this award for everyone involved with Hogan Prep football.

“It is always an honor to get an award but especially one that has the Kansas City Chiefs name attached to it,” Lascuola said. “This is really not my award but an award to the players and assistant coaches who put in way more time and hard work than I could ever imagine to. The players and assistant coaches are real reason for any success we are fortunate to have. On behalf of the Hogan Rams football program I would like to thank the Kansas City chiefs for this prestigious award and all they do for High School Football.”