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HOF Coach Profile: Free State's Bob Lisher 7/27Photo Credit: Bob Lisher

Coach Lisher began his career at Lawrence High School as an assistant coach in 1985. After 10 seasons Bob would take over as the head coach at Blue Valley North leading them to their first district title and playoff victory. He led the Mustangs for 4 seasons before returning to Lawrence, this time as the head coach at Free State. From 1997-2018 Coach Lisher would win nearly 150 games.

Coach Lisher’s teams made 19 playoff appearances, earned 13 district titles, 5 Sunflower League championships, 10 state quarter-final appearances, 6 state semifinal appearances and 2008 runner-up.

He was awarded EKL Coach of the Year in 1996, Sunflower League Coach of the Year honors twice, KC Chiefs Coach of the Week 6 times, and the Lawrence Journal World recognized him twice as the area Coach of the Year. Bob has served as the head coach and assistant coach in multiple Shrine Bowls and GKCFCA All-Star Games.

Coach Lisher has the distinction of coaching 41 All-State players, 14 Division 1 athletes including one NFL player, and a multitude of small college athletes. He also made giving back to the coaches’ association a priority by serving on the Board of Directors.