Firebirds Baseball Coaching Staff

Mike Hill, Head Baseball Coach

Email Address: mhill@usd497.org

Free State Coaching Tenure: 23rd Year as the Head Baseball Coach

Free State Coaching Record: 341-155

Coaching Bio:

  • 2-Time 6A State Baseball Tournament Champions
  • 3-Time 6A State Baseball Tournament Runner-Ups
  • 10-Time 6A Regional Champions
  • 9-Time Sunflower League Champions
  • Nationally Ranked – 10 Years
  • 50 All-State Players
  • 168 All-Sunflower League Players
  • 82 Collegiate Baseball Players
  • 5 Professional Baseball Players

Personal Bio:

Coach Hill, a Physical Education Teacher at Free State High School, currently resides in Lawrence with his family.

 

Nolan Deitrich, Assistant Baseball Coach

Email Address: jdeitric@usd497.org

Free State Coaching Tenure: 10th Year as a Lawrence Free State Assistant Baseball Coach

Coaching Bio:

  • 6A State Baseball Tournament Champions in 2015
  • 6A State Baseball Tournament Runner-Ups in 2016
  • 6A Regional Champions in 2015, 2016, 2018,2019
  • Sunflower League Champions in  2013, 2019
  • ABCA/Rawlings High School Gold Glove (Matt Hill) Team Assistant Coach in 2016
  • School record in Fielding % (.972) in 2016
  • Assisted 6A All-State Player of the Year Zion Bowlin in 2017
  • Assisted 9 All-Sunflower League Infielders

Personal Bio:

Coach Deitrich, a Special Education teacher at Free State High School, lives in Lawrence with his wife, Danyel, and his three daughters, Lila, Leanna (5) and Lucy (2).  Coach Deitrich earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Washburn University, a Master of Human and Health Performance in Sports Administration from Fort Hays State University, and a Master of Arts and Teaching in Special Education from Pittsburg State University.

 

Joel Grillot, Assistant Baseball Coach

Email Address: jgrillot@usd497.org

Free State Coaching Tenure: 5th Year as a Lawrence Free State Assistant Baseball Coach, 8th Year as a Lawrence Free State Assistant Volleyball Coach

Coaching Bio:

Coach Grillot is entering his 5th season overall with the Firebird Baseball Program (primarily responsible for both the Green and Silver baseball teams) and his 8th season overall as an Assistant Coach with the Firebird Volleyball Program (2nd as a Varsity Assistant). During the Summer, Coach Grillot assists with the female athletics Strength and Conditioning programs at Free State. He is also an assistant coach for the MB Baseball Program during the Summer that features members of the Firebird Baseball Team. Coach Grillot has also been invited to be an instructor at the University of Kansas Baseball Summer Camps for two years prior to this past Summer.

Personal Bio:

Coach Grillot graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Newman University in 2004 and added a Master of Science in Education in Health, Sport and Exercise Science (emphasis in Sports Studies) from the University of Kansas in 2009. He continued his education to include an Early Childhood Unified Special Education Certificate in 2014 and a High-Incidence Disabilities Special Education Endorsement in 2016, both from the University of Kansas. Coach Grillot attended Parsons (KS) High School where he played baseball and football for four years, played basketball and wrestled for a year. He played baseball for two seasons at Newman University (Wichita) as both an outfielder and middle infielder and was part of a Men’s Volleyball Team at NU that finished National Runner-Up in 2004. Coach Grillot was inducted into the Newman University Athletics Hall of Fame in 2012 as a member of that team.

Coach Grillot lives in Lawrence with his wife, Shannon. His stepson, Trey Kimzey, is a 2019 graduate of Free State. He is currently in his 7th-year as a Special Education teacher at West Middle School. Coach Grillot is also the “Voice of the Firebirds” during home Varsity Football games.

 

Alex Reyes, Assistant Baseball Coach

Email Address: areyes@usd497.org

Free State Coaching Tenure: 7th Year as a Lawrence Free State Assistant Baseball Coach

Coaching Bio:

  • 6A State Champions in 2015
  • 6A State Runner-Ups in 2016, 2019
  • 6A Regional Champions in 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019

Personal Bio:

Coach Reyes, originally from Emporia (KS), lives in Lawrence with his wife Ashley, daughter Nala, and Great Dane Atlas.  Coach Reyes graduated from Emporia State University in 2011 with a degree in Physical Education, and currently teaches Physical Education at New York Elementary and Kennedy Elementary.