Fedderly recognized by Chicago Bears
Sixth-year coach gets Coach of the Week award after Morris win
by Mike Slodki
Kaneland—In the midst of playoff preparations for a first-round rematch with Belvidere on Oct. 23, KHS coach Tom Fedderly checked his voicemail messages.
“It was Pat McCaskey of the Bears telling me that I’d been named Bears Coach of the Week for Week 9 after our win against Morris,” Fedderly said. “I couldn’t believe it, I thought someone was pranking me.”
The Bears selected a High School Coach of the Week after every regular season game, with Fedderly selected after the last-minute win over Morris to secure Kaneland’s third consecutive Northern Illinois Big XII Conference title and undefeated regular season.
The Coach of the Week program is in its 17th season and also has some nice perks for the winning coaches.
Fedderly and the winning coaches will be invited to attend a “chalk-talk” with Bears coach Lovie Smith and have lunch with the ninth-year coach. That leads up to the Sunday, Dec. 2, contest against the Seattle Seahawks at Soldier Field.
The Bears also make a $1,500 donation to the winning school’s football program.
Honors aside, Fedderly is not just happy for himself.
“This isn’t about me, this really is about the whole staff, who work so hard. It’s nice to see this, we really have young, hard-working coaches that do such a great job,” Fedderly said.
The weekly honor winners are not the only ones that are scheduled to be introduced at halftime, but also the eight state championship winning coaches.
Fedderly hopes there’s a bit of overlap when it comes to his honor.
“We hope we’re in there, but I’m lucky to have this, and it’s about what the staff has been able to do,” Fedderly said.
The Knights travel to Lincoln-Way West High School for their second-round matchup on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 1 p.m.