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.
Mac Mullen (DE)
Robert Green (DT)
Innis McLiney (QB)
Quinton Conley (WR)
Quinton Conley (WR)
MIssouri Football Coachas Association Hands Team
Raider Award Winner: George Embry
Team Honors: Second Place - Districts
Nathan Barewin - All-District Team (Tight End and Linebacker), Second Team All-State (Linebacker) Aaron Berkowitz - All-District Team (Defensive Line), Second Team All-State (Defensive Line) Peter Burditt - All-District Team (Linebacker) Quinton Conley - All-District Team (Wide Receiver) Robert Green - All-District Team (Offensive Line) Hank Newell - All-District Team (Linebacker) Declan O'Leary - All-District Team (Defensive End), Second Team All-State (Defensive End)
Raider Award Winner: Tommy Wolfe
Bert Bean - All-District Team (Quarterback), Academic All-State Nathan Barewin - All-District Team (Tight End and Linebacker) Aaron Berkowitz - All-District Team (Defensive Line), Academic All-State Yakini Kasimu - All-District Team (Running Back) Declan O'Leary - All-District Team (Defensive Line) Joe Graves - Academic All-State Charlie Thorne - Academic All-State Tommy Wolfe - Academic All-State Henry Hogan - Academic All-State Matthew Berkley - Academic All-State Paolo Laskero - Academic All-State
Raider Award Winner: Hank Graves
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
Raider Award Winner: Inkoo Kang
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
Raider Award Winner: Paul Newell
Raider Award Winner: Charlie Mueller
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
Raider Award Winner: Harold Edwards
Harold Edwards: All-State-Third Team (MFCA) Jak Kittoe: All-State-First Team (MFCA)