2023 Coaches of the Year

Community For Coaches’ KC Metro Coaches of the Year Award exists to recognize and celebrate coaches who are using sport to transform lives.


Voting is closed — award recipients will be announced on April 30.  Thanks to all who voted.


2023 Coach of the Year Finalists

Below are the finalists for the Community for Coaches 2023 Coaches of the Year, along with the recipient of the 2023 Rising Star in Coaching Award, Kadie Duffey.  Be on the lookout for a podcast interview with your favorite Finalist for CFC Metro KC Coach of the Year. 



Arianne Henry – 2023 Coach of the Year

Wrestling, Softball, Track, Raytown South HS

Coach Henry’s podcast interview

What was shared about Coach Henry:  Coach Henry has established a great culture with her wrestling team. The level of intensity and pride that her team has is a reflection of her great coaching ability. Each year I’ve noticed more and more students showing up for wrestling, and competing with enthusiasm.

Liz Monahan

Basketball, Pembroke Hill School

Coach Monahan’s podcast interview 

What was shared about Coach Monahan:   Starting in the summer, Coach Monahan started leadership meetings in which the entire team completed a program on leadership, communication, what it means to be a good teammate etc.  They still meet weekly to discuss various topics, and it has made an unbelievable impact.

Susan Specht

Volleyball, Shawnee Mission NW HS

Coach Specht’s podcast interview

What was shared about Coach Specht:  Coach Specht is very transformational, building relationships through her coaching. She models accountability, a positive work ethic and integrity. Her lessons in teamwork and creating a positive climate are life lessons that go well beyond the volleyball court. In addition to her being our head volleyball coach she also is sponsor of our local SMNW FCA chapter. She spends time and energy to pass on positive messages. She is an ambassador for our athletic program, our school and the community. Her being a student educator/coach is not a job, but rather a calling, which is evident by the lives she touches.


Guyden Bagsby

Basketball, Raytown South HS

Coach Bagsby’s podcast interview

What was shared about Coach Bagsby:  Coach Bagsby has established a winning culture, that has energized the entire school. Leading them to the state tournament last season, and reaching the Elite 8. He has brought success in such a quick period of time with the girls basketball team. They love his enthusiasm, and his approach to the game. I can’t wait to see the many successes that will arise with our girls basketball team, and Coach Bagsby.

Matt Gow – 2023 Coach of the Year

Soccer, Toca FC

Coach Gow’s podcast interview

What was shared about Coach Gow:  Matt influences the boys on and off the pitch. He demonstrates goal, vision, and mission setting for both the team and the boys personally. He supports them through life transitions and is an amazing Godly man.

Lorne Clark

Football, Olathe NW HS

Coach Clark’s podcast interview

What was shared about Coach Clark:  Coach Clark makes ma laugh and smile everyday in weights class; he is always coaching and improving my football skills and does the same for others as well. He will always be honest and direct towards you. He cares a lot about the players and never gives up on the program. He also led our team to the state semifinals for the first time in his first year. Coach Clark cares more about the character and person you become than your success on the field.

Kadie Duffey –

2023 Rising Star Award Recipient

Soccer, Fountain City FC

Coach Duffey’s podcast interview

What was shared about Coach Duffey: Coach Kadie is invested in each of the girls she coaches. She makes sure to reflect on games and brings the girls together to review growth areas, how they can support and work together as a team, communicating, and learning to work and respect each other and opponents. We have been so impressed with coach kaddie and how hard she works to make sure the girls are learning, pushing themselves, and understanding kind and thoughtful team conversations!

From her 10 year old student- “She helps make us better at a sport we love and she helps to encourage us even when we struggle to encourage ourselves.”


NOMINATIONS DUE - February 18, 2023








Beginning on February 1st, nominations will be live online at communityforcoaches.org.  Athletes, parents, administrators and other Coaches are encouraged to nominate a deserving Coach.  These are women and men who are making a difference in communities, families and the lives of individuals.  This is your chance to let the world know about your favorite Coach!  

Nominations will run from February 1 – February 18, and the CFC selection team will announce the finalists on April 1st.


FINAL VOTING ENDS - April 17, 2023








Final Voting Process

Once the finalists have been determined, the online voting will begin at communityforcoaches.org.  Voting is scheduled to run from April 1 – 17.

The coaches (1 male, 1 female) receiving the most votes will be selected as our 2023 KC Metro Coaches of the Year!


AWARDS BANQUET - April 30, 2023








Awards Banquet

Our 2023 KC Metro Coach of the Year awards ceremony will be held on April 30 at Meadowbrook Park in Prairie Village.  Our finalists will all be recognized and we’ll announce the leading vote getters for 2023 KC Metro Coaches of the Year!  



Want to learn more about our past KC Metro Coaches of the Year Finalists and award winners? Click the links below to visit our pages from our previous years.

2022 Finalists

2021 Finalists

2020 Finalists

2019 Finalists

2018 Finalists

2017 Finalists

2016 Finalists

2015 Finalists