As a result, both schools will receive a $500 grant towards player health and safety equipment and/or education. Additionally, Sims and Holmes will be presented with congratulatory footballs autographed by Chiefs Head Coach Romeo Crennel and a certificate recognizing their selection. Each coach is now a finalist for their respective state’s Chiefs High School Coach of the Year Award, which will be announced at the conclusion of the regular season.
Sims receives the award after leading Excelsior Springs’ to an impressive 3-0 start. In 2011, he took over a program that had struggled in recent years, yet in his brief tenure, he has already helped create a successful resurgence of the school’s football program. The Tigers of Excelsior Springs are currently ranked No. 22 in the Metro Sports Super 25 Football Poll and hope to continue their undefeated season this Friday against Central High School.
Holmes is being honored after his Bishop Miege Stags defeated the Gardner-Edgerton Trailblazers, 37-20. That victory boosted Bishop Miege’s record to 2-0 in Holmes’ inaugural season at the helm of the program after serving the previous eight years as an assistant with the team. The Stags are currently ranked No. 6 in the Metro Sports Super 25 Football Poll. This week, they hope to continue their undefeated season when they host Blue Valley Northwest on Friday night.
The 2012 High School Coach of the Week program is a joint initiative of the Kansas City Chiefs and the National Football League. The program is designed to recognize and reward Kansas City area high school coaches who have created successful programs for teams and players both on and off of the playing field. This includes coaches that champion philosophies, which advance and promote player health and safety.
Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame linebacker and current Director of Special Events Gary Spani will be on hand each week for a special presentation to honor the recipients at their respective schools.
Each state’s winner is selected in collaboration with Time Warner Cable’s Metro Sports. Time Warner Cable is the official video provider of the Chiefs.