KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Kansas City Chiefs have announced the latest recipients of the Missouri and Kansas High School Coach of the Week awards. Winnetonka’s Sterling Edwards (Missouri) and Blue Valley Northwest’s Mike Zegunis (Kansas) each received this honor after a strong performance by their respective team last week.
As a result, both schools will receive a $500 grant towards player health and safety equipment and/or education. Additionally, Edwards and Zegunis will be presented with congratulatory footballs autographed by Chiefs Head Coach Romeo Crennel and a certificate recognizing their selection along with a special-edition Chiefs Coach of the Week hat. 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.
Coach Edwards receives the award following Winnetonka’s exhilarating 17-14 victory over Liberty North. This victory marked the fifth-consecutive win by the Griffins after starting the season with a frustrating loss to Liberty High. After an explosive 46-17 homecoming victory two weeks ago, Edwards kept his team grounded and focused all week, emphasizing the importance of not relishing in past games and focusing on the upcoming opponent. It paid off and the Griffins head to North Kansas City this week on a hot streak as the No. 23 team in this week’s Metro Sports Super 25 Poll.
Coach Zegunis receives the award not only as a result of Blue Valley Northwest’s impressive 21-14 victory over Blue Valley this past week, but also because of its brilliant turnaround this season. Zegunis’ team started the season 0-2, following tough losses against Aquinas and Blue Valley West. However, his confidence in his team never wavered, and Blue Valley Northwest’s resiliency and determination has allowed the team to right the ship. Perhaps most impressive is that Blue Valley Northwest’s last three wins have all been against teams that were at one point ranked in the top 10 of the Metro Sports Super 25 Poll. As a result, Zegunis’ Huskies are ranked 17th in this week’s Super 25 Poll.
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.