Lady Firebirds Basketball Coaching Staff

Chris Linner, Head Girls Basketball Coach

Email Address: chris.linner@usd497.org

Free State Coaching Tenure: 1st Year as the Lawrence Free State Head Girls Basketball Coach

Free State Coaching Record: 0-0

Coaching Bio:

Coach Linner, a Social Studies Teacher at Lawrence Free State, is in his 1st season as the Free State Head Girls Basketball Coach.  The past two years, he served as the Varsity Assistant Girls Basketball Coach at Blue Valley Northwest.

Personal Bio:

Coach Linner grew up in Shawnee Mission (KS), and attended and played basketball at Shawnee Mission West.  He continued his basketball career playing at the collegiate level at Graceland University, and then graduated from the University of Kansas in the Spring of 2019 with a Secondary Education degree.

 

Jay Desier, Assistant Girls Basketball Coach

Email Address: jdeiser@usd497.org

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

Personal Bio:

Coach Deiser, a Great Bend (KS) native, graduated from the University of Kansas. He is a longtime and current Physical Education teacher and coach at Billy Mills Middle School.

 

Summer Frantz, Assistant Girls Basketball Coach

Email Address: sfrantz@usd497.org

Free State Coaching Tenure: 2nd Year as a Lawrence Free State Assistant Girls Basketball Coach, 3rd Year as a Lawrence Free State Assistant Softball Coach

Personal Bio:

Coach Frantz, a 2013 Lawrence Free State Graduate, played basketball and softball for the Firebirds, and then for four years at the University of Saint Mary.  In addition to having served as an Assistant Girls Basketball Coach at Shawnee Mission South for two years, and has coached with the Kansas Elite Girls Basketball Program the last two Summers. Coach Frantz is currently a Guidance Counselor at New York Elementary, and has been an Assistant Softball Coach for two years and an Assistant Girls Basketball Coach for one year at Free State.

 

Dan Hissong, Assistant Girls Basketball Coach

Email Address: daniel.hissong@usd497.org

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

 

Mackenzie Yaw, Assistant Girls Basketball Coach

Email Address: mackenzie.yaw@usd497.org

Free State Coaching Tenure: 4th year as Lawrence Free State Assistant Girls Basketball Coach

Personal Bio:
Coach Yaw has been the JV Girls Basketball coach at Free State for the last three years while she attended law school at the University of Kansas. Prior to attending law school, Coach Yaw taught 5th grade ELA at the Kauffman School in Kansas City, where she coached 7th/8th Grade and JV Girls Basketball.  Coach Yaw is currently teaching 6th Grade ELA virtually at the Kauffman School.