Boys Varsity Football
About the Varsity Coaches
John Merritt joined the Burroughs staff in the fall of 2011. He currently teaches history in addition to coaching Varsity Football, Varsity Girls Basketball and Varsity Track and Field. Before joining the JBS staff John was the Dean of Students and Head Track and Field coach at Crossroads College Preparatory School. John earned his bachelors degree in History and Education from Washington University in 1995.
Jud Dieffenbach (JBS ’97) returned to Burroughs in the fall of 2011. He currently teaches Debate and Physical Education in addition to coaching V Football and JV Boys’Basketball. Before returning to JBS, Dieffenbach was a teacher and coach at Mary Institute-Country Day School for six years. Dieffenbach earned his bachelor’s degree in public policy from Indiana University and his master’s degree in History from the University of Missouri-Saint Louis.
Ray Thorpe joined the Burroughs coaching staff in 2005 as a varsity football and track coach as well as teaching 7th and 8th grade physical education. Coach Thorpe earned All-American status as a baseball player at the University of Missouri and also played football at Mizzou where he played in, and won, the 1967 Sugar Bowl over the University of Florida. For his accomplishments in both sports, Coach Thorpe was inducted into the University of Missouri Hall of Fame. Coach Thorpe holds two master's degrees from Washington University in St. Louis in Secondary School Administration as well as Human Resource Management.
Travis Williams joined the PE/Athletics Department in summer 2013 as a physical education teacher, assistant varsity football coach, head basketball coach and track coach (jumping events). He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign and a master's degree in teaching from Lindenwood University.
Boys "C" Football
About the "C" Coaches
Mylin Johnson (JBS '92) joined the Burroughs faculty in 2000 and is an instructor in the Academic Support Department, a May Project advisor, a 7th and 8th grade physical education teacher and a basketball and football coach. Prior to coming to Burroughs, he worked at Herbert Hoover Boys & Girls Club. Johnson holds a bachelor's degree from Kenyon College and a master's in social work from Washington University. He is an Aim High faculty member and a volunteer coach for the St. Louis Eagles Basketball Club. He was a four year letter earner in both football and basketball at Kenyon College.
Fred McConnell (JBS '65) started working at John Burroughs in 2002. He is currently teaching 7th and 8th grade physical education and coaching football, basketball and baseball. Before joining the JBS coaching staff, Fred taught PE and health and coached seven different sports for 32 years in the Parkway School District.. As the Parkway South varsity softball coach, his team won 400 games, four State Titles, 15 District Titles and was inducted into the Missouri State High School Softball Hall of Fame. As the head baseball coach at Parkway South for more than 27 years, his teams won more than 400 games, a 2nd in State and 12 District Titles with the honor of being inducted into the Missouri State High School Baseball Hall of Fame and the St. Louis Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame.
Alex Wu (JBS '01) joined the Math Department in summer 2013, teaching Algebra 8, Geometry 10 and Precalculus. He is also a C Football assistant coach. Before coming to Burroughs, Wu had eight years of teaching experience. He holds a bachelor's degree from Boston College and a master's degree from Southwest Baptist University.
William Feuerbacher (JBS '06) returned to Burroughs in 2011 to help manage the health club, teach physical education, and coach the 7th & 8th grade football and baseball teams. He now coaches C football, intramural fitness and JV baseball as well. A personal trainer and strength coach, Feuerbacher holds a CSCS from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He graduated from Miami University (Ohio) in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning.