Firebirds Football Coaching Staff

Kevin Stewart, Head Football Coach

Email Address: kevin.stewart@usd497.org

Free State Coaching Tenure: 2nd Year as the Lawrence Free State Head Football Coach

Free State Coaching Record: 8-6

Coaching Bio:

  • 13th Year Overall of Coaching Football

Personal Bio:

Coach Stewart, a Strength & Conditioning Teacher at Free State High School, attended McLouth (KS) High School, played college football for two years, and finished his undergrad degree at the University of Kansas.  He is a member of St. Theresa Catholic Church, and he enjoys working out, hiking, and playing golf in his free time; however, he spends most of his time coaching football.

 

Chad Aberle, Assistant Football Coach

Email Address: chad.aberle@usd497.org

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

Coaching Bio:

  • Varsity Record of 8-2 in 2019
  • JV Record of 8-0 in 2019

Personal Bio:

Coach Aberle, who teaches 7th Grade science at West Middle School, is also involved in coaching Wrestling and Track & Field.  He played college football for two years.  Education and athletics have always been a big part of Coach Aberle’s life, and he is glad he gets to share his passion with others.

 

Spencer Bonner, Assistant Football Coach

Email Address: srbonner@usd497.org

Free State Coaching Tenure: 6th Year as a Lawrence Free State Assistant Football Coach

Coaching Bio:

  • Overall Record of 45-11
  • 2-Time 6A Regional Champions in 2017, 2018
  • 2-Time 6A Sub-State Runner-Ups in 2015, 2016
  • 3-Time Sunflower League Champions in 2016, 2017, 2018

Personal Bio:

Coach Bonner was recruited out of Chicago (IL) to the University of Kansas as a Defensive Back in 1991, and he earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.  He was a member of the 1992 and 1995 Aloha Bowl team victories.  Before coming to Free State, Coach Bonner coached four seasons at the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth (KS), where he coached Receivers in 2011 and Defensive Backs from 2012-14. During that time, Coach Bonner coached two 1,000 yard Receivers and one AFCA-NAIA All-American Defensive Back.

 

Scott Frantz, Assistant Football Coach

Email Address: scott.frantz@usd497.org

Free State Coaching Tenure: 1st Year as a Lawrence Free State Assistant Football Coach

 

Nolan Henderson, Assistant Football Coach

Email Address: nhenders@usd497.org

 

Daniel Hissong, Assistant Football Coach

Email Address: daniel.hissong@usd497.org

Free State Coaching Tenure: 2nd Year as a Lawrence Free State Assistant Football Coach ,1st Year as a Lawrence Free State Assistant Girls Basketball Coach

Personal Bio:

Coach Hissong has coached a variety of sports at many levels for the last 16 years, and he enjoys working with student-athletes to help them grow into gritty, kind, and productive members of society.

 

Devin McAnderson, Assistant Football Coach

Email Address: dmcander@usd497.org

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

Coaching Bio:

  • Freshman Record of 20-4 in 2014, 2015, 2016
  • JV Record of 8-0 in 2019

Personal Bio:

Coach McAnderson graduated from Lawrence (KS) in 2001, started coaching football in the Fall of 2002 as in intern, and became a Sophomore coach in 2003.  He coached at Lawrence from 2003-2009, served as the Offensive Coordinator at Highland Park in 2010, coached Defensive Backs and Wide Receivers from 2011-14 at Shawnee Mission South and was the Freshmen Head Coach for one year.  Coach McAnderson joined the Free State Football Staff in 2014, and served as the Freshman Head Coach for three years, going 20-4.  Coach McAnderson started coaching Quarterbacks and Running Backs in 2017, whom he currently works.

 

Chris Stewart, Assistant Football Coach

Email Address: chris.stewart@usd497.org

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

Coaching Bio:

  • Mclouth High School Head Football Coach – 7 Years
    • 4-Time District Champions, 2-Time Bi-District Champions, 1-Time Regional Runner-Up
  • Mclouth High School Assistant Football Coach – 4 Years
  • Mclouth Middle School Head Football Coach – 4 Years
  • Kansas Shrine Bowl Head Coach in 2014
  • Kansas Shrine Bowl Defensive Coordinator in 201

 

Taylor Stuart, Assistant Football Coach

Email Address: tstuart@usd497.org

Free State Coaching Tenure: 6th Year as a Lawrence Free State Assistant Football Coach

Coaching Bio:

  • 4-Time Sunflower League Champion
  • 2-Time 6A Sub-State Championship Appearance

Personal Bio:

Coach Stuart, a Physical Education Teacher at Free State High School, was born and raised in Lawrence (KS) and graduated from Free State in 2009.   He was a Team Captain on the 2008 6A State Runner-Up Football Team.  Coach Stuart played football at Coffeyville Community College and Baker University.  His wife, Regan, is also an alum of Free State and currently works as a Registered Nurse at LMH Health.  Coach Stuart and his wife welcomed their son, Wyatt, last October, and they also have a beautiful yellow lab named Hazel.  Go Cowboys!

 

Jesse Williams, Assistant Football Coach

Email Address: jesse.williams@usd497.org

Free State Coaching Tenure: 1st Year as a Lawrence Free State Assistant Football Coach