Boys Varsity Football
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About the Varsity Coaches
Head Coach: John Merritt
Assistant Coach: Jud Dieffenbach
Assistant Coach: Ray Thorpe
Assistant Coach: Travis Williams
Assistant Coach: Neil Rackers
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.
Boys C Football
About the C Team Coaches
Head Coach: Mylin Johnson
Assistant Coach: Will Feurbacher
Assistant Coach: Fred McConnell
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.
22 Varsity ABC League Titles
Ten Undefeated Teams - 1945, 1948, 1951, 1958, 1960, 1961, 1965, 1967, 1975, 2001
15 Playoff Teams in MSHSAA:
State Champions – 1975, 1980, 1985, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1995, 2001
Second – 1976, 1988, 2010
Third – 1986, 1990, 1996
Fourth – 1994
Sectional Finish – 1981
First win over Country Day - 1932
Longest winning streak - 23 games from 1959 to 1962
Legendary win over Jefferson City (13-0) in 1958
Lead all St. Louis teams in number of State Championships
Numerous college football players
AD and Coach Tom McConnell (102-33-5) selected to the Halls of Fame of the Missouri State Football Coaches Association and the St. Louis Metropolitan Football Coaches Association
AD and Coach Jim Lemen (238-123-4) selected to the Halls of Fame of the Missouri State Football Coaches Association and the St. Louis Metropolitan Football Coaches Association
Tom McConnell and Jim Lemen coached 54 consecutive years,1951 to 2004