Lady Firebirds Volleyball Coaching Staff

Jayme Savage, Head Volleyball Coach

Email Address: jlisher@usd497.org

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

Free State Coaching Record: 48-32

Coaching Bio:

  • 12th Year Overall of Coaching Volleyball

Personal Bio:

Born and raised in Lawrence (KS), Coach Savage competed in volleyball, basketball and track at Free State, was a member of Chamber Choir and Orchestra, and graduated in 2003.  Coach Savage continued her education at Baker University, playing volleyball for two years.  She transferred to the University of Kansas and competed for the Women’s Rowing Team.  After graduating from KU in 2008 with a degree in K-12 Health and Physical Education, she received a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Emporia State University.  Coach Savage began coaching at Free State in 2008 as a member of the Girls Basketball and Volleyball Coaching staffs, and has coached at every level.  Coach Savage has a true passion for coaching as well as the Arts and, in her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her husband and three kids and traveling.

 

Micha Frasher, Assistant Volleyball Coach

Email Address: micha.frasher@usd497.org

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

Personal Bio:

Coach Frasher is a recent graduate from Westminster College, where she was a member of the Volleyball Program for four years.  She is new to the city of Lawrence and absolutely loves living here. Volleyball is a great passion of hers and she is beyond pleased to be a part of the Free State Athletics family!

 

Joel Grillot, Assistant Volleyball Coach

Email Address: jgrillot@usd497.org

Free State Coaching Tenure: 8th Year as a Lawrence Free State Assistant Volleyball Coach, 5th Year as a Lawrence Free State Assistant Baseball Coach

Coaching Bio:

Coach Grillot is entering his 8th season overall as an Assistant Coach with the Firebird Volleyball Program (2nd as a Varsity Assistant) and his 5th season overall with the Firebird Baseball Program (primarily responsible for both the Green and Silver baseball teams).  During the Summer, Coach Grillot assists with the female athletics Strength and Conditioning programs at Free State. He is also an assistant coach for the MB Baseball Program during the Summer that features members of the Firebird Baseball Team. Coach Grillot has also been invited to be an instructor at the University of Kansas Baseball Summer Camps for two years prior to this past Summer.

Personal Bio:

Coach Grillot graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Newman University in 2004 and added a Master of Science in Education in Health, Sport and Exercise Science (emphasis in Sports Studies) from the University of Kansas in 2009. He continued his education to include an Early Childhood Unified Special Education Certificate in 2014 and a High-Incidence Disabilities Special Education Endorsement in 2016, both from the University of Kansas. Coach Grillot attended Parsons (KS) High School where he played baseball and football for four years, played basketball and wrestled for a year. He played baseball for two seasons at Newman University (Wichita) as both an outfielder and middle infielder and was part of a Men’s Volleyball Team at NU that finished National Runner-Up in 2004. Coach Grillot was inducted into the Newman University Athletics Hall of Fame in 2012 as a member of that team.

Coach Grillot lives in Lawrence with his wife, Shannon. His stepson, Trey Kimzey, is a 2019 graduate of Free State. He is currently in his 7th-year as a Special Education teacher at West Middle School. Coach Grillot is also the “Voice of the Firebirds” during home Varsity Football games.

 

Elaine Hendrickson, Assistant Volleyball Coach

Email Address: EHendric@usd497.org

Personal Bio:

Coach Hendrickson has taught English and coached volleyball for ten years in Lawrence.

 

Sara Wells, Assistant Volleyball Coach

Email Address: sara.wells@usd497.org

Free State Coaching Tenure: 8th Year as a Lawrence Free State Assistant Volleyball Coach

Personal Bio:

Coach Wells and her husband, Eric, live in Lawrence with their two children Remy (4) and Oaklee (1).  When she is not teaching Physical Education at Free State High School or coaching, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her family.  Coach Wells and her husband are huge foodies, so they love to go out to eat and try new things when possible!