Friday, November 9, 2018

Bob Lisher - Free State - Retirement

A Storied Coaching career of a Lawrence Football Teacher 

Per Adam Sullivan (broke per Twitter @Sully20201) the only Head Coach in Firebirds of Free State High School history Bob Lisher has retired as Head Coach. 

From Free State's inception, a seemingly quick internship leading the Blue Valley North Mustangs during the 1995 to 1996 seasons led to the foundation and return of Coach Lisher to the Lawrence area.  

Prior to his time with the Mustangs, Lisher was an Assistant Coach under another Lawrence/SM West/Lee's Summit Coaching legend, Dick Purdy, who completed a string of 6A State Titles before retiring from education-coaching. 

From the time the doors opened at Free State in 1997-1998, Lisher has been their from the beginning. His mastermind has led the school to a 148-85 all-time record and a playoff record of 20-18. 

DYK: Locally, he is the only Firebird until the 2019 season to face the Chesty Lions: Dick Purdy (0-2), @ Dirk Wedd (13-6), and Steve Rampy (1-0) when the City Rivalry began in that 1997 Varsity season. For the record, the Firebirds lead the series all-time 14-8 in 22 games. 

Bob Lisher ranks fourth all-time in Sunflower League Football history behind: 
1) Dick Purdy (SM West-Lee's Summit-Lawrence) 175-60-3
2) Jeff Meyers (Olathe East) 162-75
3) Gene Weir (Olathe North) 154-30
4) Bob Lisher (Free State) 148-85
* Purdy's LST totals are not included in any SFL records

While those are only highlights of a great career on the gridiron, the work Bob Lisher has done for the Firebirds outside of Football and around Lawrence will be remembered and filling his shoes will be tough for the future of Football at Free State. 

Congrats Coach Bob Lisher on a great career, and thank you for all of your contributions! 

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