Lady Firebirds Track & Field Coaching Staff

Jordan Rose, Head Track & Field Coach

Email Address: jrose@usd497.org

Free State Coaching Tenure: 8th Year as the Lawrence Free State Head Track & Field Coach, 15 Years as a Lawrence Free State Assistant Track & Field Coach, 23rd Year as a Lawrence Free State Assistant Cross Country Coach

Coaching Bio:

  • 6A State Girls Track & Field Champions in 2013, 2014
  • 2nd Place at the 6A State Girls Track & Field Meet in 2015
  • 6A Regional Champions in 2003, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Sunflower League Champions in 2003, 2014

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.

 

Darrell Andrew, Assistant Track & Field Coach

Email Address: dandrew@usd497.org

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

Coaching Bio:

  • Throwing Coach

Personal Bio:

Coach Andrew, who is a Special Education Teacher at Free State High School, lives in the area with his wife, Shannon, and son, Hudson.

 

Maresa Cuevas, Assistant Track & Field Coach

Email Address: mcuevas@usd497.org

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

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.

 

Mike Evans, Assistant Track & Field Coach

Email Address: mevans@usd497.org

Personal Bio:

Coach Evans is currently a Woodworking/Construction Teacher at Lawrence High School.  He also teaches a Design Guild class at the College and Career Center in Lawrence.  Coach Evans started his career at Free State, including his coaching career and has been a Throws coach since 2017.  He is married and has two amazing young boys and two dogs.

 

Adam Leitel, Assistant Track & Field Coach

Email Address: aleitel@usd497.org

Free State Coaching Tenure: 11th Year as a Lawrence Free State Assistant Track & Field Coach, 2nd Year as a Lawrence Free State Girls Tennis Assistant Coach

Coaching Bio:

  • Sprints
  • Long Jump
  • Triple Jump

Personal Bio:

Coach Leitel is a graduate of the University of Kansas and the University of Missouri-Kansas city.  He currently teaches Social Studies at Free State High School and is an AVID site team member.  Coach Leitel currently resides in the Kansas City area.

 

Phil Mitchell, Assistant Track & Field Coach

Email Address: plmitche@usd497.org

Free State Coaching Tenure: 11th Year as a Lawrence Free State Assistant Track & Field Coach

Coaching Bio:

  • Pole Vault
  • Coached 2 Student-Athletes to 3 6A State Track & Field Championships
  • KCCTFCA 6A Assistant Coach of the Year

Personal Bio:

Coach Mitchell has been a teacher and coach at Free State High School for 14 years. Over this time, he has been as assistant coach for our Cross Country, Girls Basketball, and Track & Field programs. This has only been possible due to the support and sacrifice of his beautiful and talented wife, Lauren, and their kids Olive, Milo, and Birdie.  Coach Mitchell was a three-sport letterman at Hays (KS) High School, and a walk-on (briefly) in the Track & Field Program at Fort Hays State University. He loves the opportunity each season to provide a positive athletic experience to his student-athletes, encouraging them to push themselves to be their best and to appreciate the merits of being a good teammate.

 

Joanna Romito, Assistant Track & Field Coach

Email Address: jromito@usd497.org

Free State Coaching Tenure: 8th Year as a Lawrence Free State Assistant Track & Field Coach

Coaching Bio:

  • 6A State Girls Track & Field Champions in 2013, 2014
  • 2nd Place at the 6A State Girls Track & Field Meet in 2015
  • 6A Regional Champions in 2003, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Sunflower League Champions in 2003, 2014

Personal Bio:

A graduate of the University of Kansas, Coach Romito has worked with various Track & Field events throughout her experience and was a collegiate distance runner. She has coached Track & Field for eight years and has helped with Cross Country in the past. She teaches Chemistry at Free State High School and is an AVID Site Team member.  Coach Romito has a son, Michael, a Sophomore.