Firebirds Cross Country Coaching Staff

Steve Heffernan, Head Cross Country Coach

Email Address: sheffern@usd497.org

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

Coaching Bio:

  • Free State has qualified at least one Cross Country Team for the 6A State Cross Country Meet 21 times in our 23 years of being open.
  • Free State has won Sunflower League Championships at all levels.
  • Boys Cross Country Team – 2-Time 6A State Cross Country Meet Champions
  • Girls Cross Country Team – 2-Time 6A State Cross Country Meet Champions & 3-Time Placers
  • For the last six years, the Free State Cross Country Team has had at least 100 members.

Personal Bio:

Coach Heffernan was born in Omaha (NE) and lived in Iowa and Minnesota before settling in Kansas. He ran Track & Field and Cross Country at Kearney Catholic High School (NE) and went on to compete at the University of Kansas.  Coach Heffernan taught in Wichita and Kansas City prior to coming to Free State when it opened in 1997.  He is married to Andrea Schwartz who was also a member of the KU Track & Field Team and has two sons, Owen and Eli, who both ran for the Firebirds before graduating.

 

Maresa Cuevas, Assistant Cross Country Coach

Email Address: mcuevas@usd497.org

Free State Coaching Tenure: 5th Year as a Lawrence Free State Assistant Cross Country Coach, 4th Year as a Lawrence Free State Assistant Track & Field Coach

Coaching Bio:

  • 6A Boys State Cross Country Meet Results – 7th Place (2016), 2nd Place (2018), 5th Place (2019)
  • 6A Girls State Cross Country Meet Results – 1st Place (2016), 6th Place (2018), 7th Place (2019)
  • 6A Boys Regionals Meet Results – 3rd Place (2016), 4th Place (2017), 1st Place (2018), 1st Place (2019)
  • 6A Girls Regionals Meet Results – 1st Place (2016), 3rd Place (2017), 2nd Place (2018), 2nd Place (2019)
  • Boys Sunflower League Meet Results – 6th Place (2016), 8th Place (2017), 4th Place (2018), 1st Place (2019)
  • Girls Sunflower League Meet Results – 1st Place (2016), 5th Place (2017), 3rd Place (2018), 4th Place (2019)

Personal Bio:

Coach Cuevas graduated from Pittsburg State University where she was a member of the Cross Country and Track & Field teams.  She has continued to run and compete in road races across the US and Canada. When she is not coaching, she works full-time as a Legal Assistant in Lawrence.

 

Robert Sanner, Assistant Cross Country Coach

(Second from the Left)

Email Address: robert.sanner@usd497.org

Free State Coaching Tenure: 2nd Year as a Lawrence Free State Assistant Cross Country Coach

 

Jordan Rose, Assistant Cross Country Coach

Email Address: jrose@usd497.org

Free State Coaching Tenure: 23rd Year as a Lawrence Free State Assistant Cross Country Coach, 23rd Year as a Lawrence Free State Track & Field Coach

Cross Country Coaching Bio:

  • Free State has qualified at least one Cross Country Team for the 6A State Meet 21 times in our 23 years of being open.
  • Free State has won Sunflower League Championships at all levels.
  • Boys Cross Country Team – 2-Time 6A State Cross Country Meet Champions
  • Girls Cross Country Team – 2-Time 6A State Cross Country Meet Champions & 3-Time Placers
  • For the last six years, the Free State Cross Country Team has had at least 100 members.

Personal Bio:

Coach Rose, a Chemistry Teacher at Lawrence Free State and the Co-Chair of the Professional Development Council in the Lawrence Public Schools, is in her 23rd year of coaching at Free State. She has worked with the Cross Country and Track & Field teams since the second year the school was open, and has coached sprints/relays and hurdles during the Track & Field season.  Coach Rose is a graduate of the University of Kansas and also works as a College Board Consultant, facilitating workshops and Summer Institutes to assist other teachers with AP Chemistry. Coach Rose and her husband, Micah, have a daughter, Kayin.