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Coaching Staff

Head Coach: Sam Knopik

Sam Knopik is in his 15th season as head football coach. Sam also serves as a world history teacher at PHS and as assistant athletic director. He has compiled a 80-65 record in 14 seasons, taking his teams to the playoffs five times. He has been named the Greater Kansas City Coaches Associations Man of the Year (2013); The Kansas City Chiefs Missouri High School Coach of the Year (2011) and awarded the Marine Corps Semper Fi Award (2013).

Sam is a native of Omaha, Neb., and received his undergraduate degree from William Jewell College in 1996 and his master’s degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1997. Sam spent the 1998-99 year teaching at the Kyiv International School in Ukraine where he taught fourth grade and took teams to Prague and Cairo for various tournaments.

He returned to Missouri where he taught and coached in Moberly, Mo. before returning to Kansas City in 2001.

Sam serves as an ex-officio member on the American Football Coaching Association (AFCA) Board of Trustees, and is chairman of the High School Program Committee. He's also served on the Missouri Football Coaching Association Board of Directors since 2005, and the Greater Kansas City Football Coaches Association Board since 2008.

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Assistant Coaches

Nick Hennessy `99
Scott Guthrie
Russ Wohler
Anthony Hollinshed
Eddie Hornback

7th/8th Grade Coaches

Head Coach: Nick Hennessy `99
Assistant Coach: Mike Cuthbertson

5th/6th Grade Coaches

Head Coach: Mike Rutherford
Assistant Coach: Dean Brendel

Team Information

Varsity Schedule

vs.
Bishop LeBlond
Away
Bishop LeBlond High School
Win 30-27
vs.
El Dorado Springs
Stadium Field
Win 20-18
vs.
Lincoln Prep Academy
Away
IL Bryant Stadium
Win 28-7
vs.
Van Horn
Away
William Chrisman High School
Win 33-32
vs.
UNIVERSITY ACADEMY
Home
Stadium Field
Win 7-0
vs.
Central Academy of Excellence
Home
Stadium Field
Win 36-28
vs.
CHILLICOTHE HIGH SCHOOL
Away
CHILLICOTHE HIGH SCHOOL
Loss 7-60

Junior Varsity Schedule

vs.
Bishop LeBlond
Home
Stadium Field
0-
vs.
Eldorado Springs High School
Away
Eldorado Springs High School
0-
vs.
CENTER HIGH SCHOOL
Away
CENTER HIGH SCHOOL
0-
vs.
Lincoln Prep
Home
Stadium Field
0-
vs.
KC East High
Home
Stadium Field
0-
CANCELLED
vs.
Van Horn
VAN HORN HIGH SCHOOL
0-
vs.
UNIVERSITY ACADEMY
Away
UNIVERSITY ACADEMY
0-
All Day
vs.
UNIVERSITY ACADEMY
Away
UNIVERSITY ACADEMY
0-
vs.
St. Pius X
Away
ST. PIUS X HIGH SCHOOL
0-

Team Highlights

2016

Raider Award Winner: Hank Graves

Individual Honors:
First Team All-District (
MFCA): Hank Graves, Declan O'Leary
Second Team All-District (MFCA): Quinn Brandmeyer, Alex Hrinya
Academic All-State (MFCA): Bert Bean, Nathan Barewin, Matt Berkley, Aaron Berkowitz, Davis Brooks, Alex Hrinya, Henry Hogan, Paolo Laskero, Declan O'Leary, Tommy Wolfe


*MFCA-Missouri Football Coaches Association

2015

Raider Award Winner: Inkoo Kang

Individual Highlights:

Griffin Brandmeyer: All-District Second Team
Davis Brooks: Academic All-State
Hank Graves: All-District First Team
Daniel Duffy: Academic All-State
Inkoo Kang:
All-District First Team, Academic All-State
Michael Keane: All-District Second Team, Academic All-State
Daniel Stanley:
Academic All-State
Ben Wang:
Academic All-State

2014

Raider Award Winner: Paul Newell


2013

Raider Award Winner:
Charlie Mueller

Individual Highlights:

Cameron Chartier: Academic All-State (Missouri Football Coaches Association-MFCA)
Alec Hursh: All-District Team (MFCA), Academic All-State (MFCA)
Max Montague: All-District Team (MFCA)
Charlie Mueller: All-District Team (MFCA), All-State-Second Team (MFCA)
Dylan Peters: Academic All-State (MFCA)
Shea Radel:
Academic All-State
Tristan Threatt: Greater Kansas City Football Coaches Association Scholar-Athlete Team

2012

Raider Award Winner: Harold Edwards

Individual Highlights:

Harold Edwards: All-State-Third Team (MFCA)
Jak Kittoe: All-State-First Team (MFCA)

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