The Kansas City Chiefs have announced their first Coach of the Week honors for the 2016 season. The awards go to Sumner’s Andrew Wright and Excelsior Springs Mark Faubion.
As a result of this honor, both schools will receive a $500 grant. Additionally, Wright and Faubion 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.
Excelsior Springs beat Oak Park 14-7 to move to 3-0 on the season. The three wins equal the total from the previous two seasons.
Faubion said he was honored to accept the award on behalf of his players and coaches.
“It's an honor for our program to be recognized by the Chiefs organization,” Faubion said. “We strive, as the Chiefs do, to create great young men not only on the field but also in our community. We work very hard to instill the great values of hard work, mental and physical discipline, and teamwork to create our success.”
Sumner kicked off its season with an impressive 26-12 over Harmon. Wright said this honor is something for the whole team.
“I would like to thank the Kansas City Chiefs for this award,” Wright said. “This award is a direct result of the hard work put in by our coaches and players. Their unselfishness and hard work has allowed our program to continue to build a solid foundation in our second year here at Sumner Academy. Again I would like to thank the Hunt Family and the Kansas City Chiefs for this award.”