Firebirds Basketball Coaching Staff

Sam Stroh, Head Boys Basketball Coach

Email Address: sstroh@usd497.org

Free State Coaching Tenure: 6th Year as the Lawrence Free State Head Boys Basketball Coach

Overall Coaching Record: 121-41

Coaching Bio:

Coach Stroh and the Firebirds posted a 18-5 record last season. Over the last five seasons, Coach Stroh and the Firebirds have posted a record of 85-32, four 6A Sub-State Championships, two Final Four appearances, three Sunflower League Championships, and a 3rd Place finish at  6A State Boys Basketball Tournament in 2017 and 2nd Place at the 6A State Boys Basketball Tournament in 2018.

Coach Stroh was the Head Boys Basketball Coach at Shawnee Heights High School prior to coming to Free State. In his two years at Shawnee Heights, he posted a record of 36-9 and led the 2014-2015 team to the 5A Kansas State Boys Basketball Tournament with a record of 20-3. Coach Stroh also served as the JV Coach at Blue Valley North for six seasons under Ryan Phifer recording a record of 86-29.  Coach Stroh also had stops in Arizona and Nebraska coaching both JV and Sophomore basketball.

Personal Bio:

Coach Stroh, who currently teaches Health at Lawrence Free State, graduated from the University of Nebraska with a degree in Health Education. He is originally from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho where he attended Lake City High School.  Coach Stroh lives in Lawrence with his wife Molly and their three children Ella (9), Sammy (6), and Rylee (3).

 

Brandon Cameron, Assistant Boys Basketball Coach

Email Address: brandon.cameron@usd497.org

Free State Coaching Tenure: 3rd Year as a Lawrence Free State Assistant Basketball Coach

Coaching Bio:

  • 11th season as a High School Basketball Coach
  • 2-Time 6A State Boys Basketball Tournament Appearances at Free State, 5-Time Overall Appearance
    • 2nd Place at the 6A State Boys Basketball Tournament in 2014
    • 3rd Place at the 6A State Boys Basketball Tournament in 2012
    • 4th Place at the 6A State Boys Basketball Tournament in 2017
  • 2-Time 6A Sub-State Champions
  • Sunflower League Champion

Personal Bio:

Coach Cameron grew up in Hutchinson (KS) and attended Buhler High School.  After high school, he attended Hutchinson Community College and played basketball for the Blue Dragons while earning his Associates Degree.  Next, he attended McPherson College where he was an All-Conference basketball player and obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree.  Coach Cameron has three sons, Dune (7), Roddie (3), and Knowles (3).

 

Cornelius Edwards, Assistant Boys Basketball Coach

Email Address: cedwards@usd497.org

Free State Coaching Tenure: 4th Year as a Lawrence Free State Assistant Basketball Coach

Free State Sophomore Boys Basketball Coaching Record: 43-11

Coaching Bio:

  • 3-Time 6A State Boys Basketball Tournament Appearance
  • 2nd Place at the 6A State Boys Basketball Tournament in 2018
  • 3-Time 6A Sub-State Champions
  • 2-Time Sunflower League Champions

Personal Bio:

Coach Edwards, a native of Lawrence who currently teaches Special Education at Lawrence Free State, graduated with a Bachelors of Educational Studies from Grand Canyon University.  Coach Edwards is currently working towards earning a Masters Degree in Special Education from Fort Hays State University.

 

Jeff Haas, Assistant Boys Basketball Coach

Email Address: jhaas@usd497.org

Overall Coaching Tenure: 26th Year as an Assistant Basketball Coach

Coaching Bio:

Free State Varsity Boys Basketball has earned 4 consecutive trips to the 6A State Boys Basketball Tournament and 2 Sunflower League Championships during his tenure as an Assistant Basketball Coach. The JV Boys Basketball Team has a combined record of 29-6 under Coach Haas’ leadership the past two seasons.

Coach Haas is entering his 26th season as a high school basketball coach, and his 6th season at Free State.  He has coached at five different high schools in eastern Kansas (three in the Sunflower League) during his coaching career and has experience coaching at every level  during that time.  Coach Haas has been to the State Tournament nine times as an assistant, four of which have been as a member of the Free State Boys Basketball Coaching Staff.

Personal Bio:

Coach Haas, a Social Studies Teacher at Lawrence Free State, lives in Lawrence with his wife Wendy, their son Will, and their dog Chester.

 

Jamar Reese, Assistant Boys Basketball Coach

Email Address: jamar.reese@usd497.org

Free State Coaching Tenure: 4th Year as a Lawrence Free State Assistant Boys Basketball Coach

Coaching Bio:

  • 3-Time 6A State Boys Basketball Tournament Appearance
  • 2nd Place at the 6A State Boys Basketball Tournament in 2018
  • 3-Time 6A Sub-State Champions
  • 2-Time Sunflower League Champions

Personal Bio:

Coach Reese, a Lawrence Free State Graduate, played college basketball at Pratt Community College and Dakota Wesleyan University, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Recreational Management.  He has coached for 13 years, including a stint with the Miami Heat G League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Sky Force.  Coach Reese has coached over 20 professional athletes, including current NBA player Buddy Hield and NFL Player Jordan Phillips.