Free State High football coach Bob Lisher has been a part of countless victories in his years as a player, assistant coach and head coach. The Firebirds’ 28-0 win over Shawnee Mission East on Friday brought both Lisher and his program some extra recognition.
Not only will representatives from the Kansas City Chiefs be at Wednesday's FSHS practice to name Lisher the organization’s Kansas High School Coach of the Week, but the Firebirds (5-1) moved up to the No. 1 spot in Class 6A in this week’s Kansas Football Media Poll, which was released Tuesday.
Behind the Firebirds — ranked No. 1 for the first time in program history — in the top five are No. 2 Topeka (6-0), No. 3 Hutchinson (4-2), No. 4 Derby (5-1) and No. 5 Shawnee Mission East (5-1). Lawrence High (5-1), which hasn't been ranked No. 1 since the district split into two high schools in 1997, also received votes but didn’t make the top five.
Lisher has served as Free State head coach since the school’s inception, compiling a 90-68 record in that time. Now in his 16th season leading the Firebirds, Lisher played at Lawrence High and was an assistant there before taking the head coaching job at Blue Valley North, where he had a 14-14 record.
The Firebirds’ season-opening win against Olathe Northwest on Aug. 31 marked Lisher’s 100th career victory as a head coach. His career record now stands at 104-82.
Free State begins district play on Friday with a 7 p.m. home game against Kansas City, Kan., Wyandotte (5-1).