Peter Tasker joined the Burroughs faculty in 2004. In July 2010 he became the athletic director and chair of the Physical Education Department. He coaches seventh- and eighth-grade boys' lacrosse and teaches Spanish I. Previously, Tasker taught mathematics and was the girls' varsity lacrosse coach at Burroughs. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in economics from Colorado College and a master's degree in international development from the University of Pennsylvania.assumed the helm of our physical education and athletics department in July 2010.
Dean Tiffany became the head wrestling coach in 2000. Since then, the team has experienced continual growth and success. As of 2010, 33 wrestlers have qualified for the state tournament, 11 of whom have received medals, including three champions, one runner-up, two third place finishes and five sixth place finishes. In 2010, the team finished 6th in the state tournament, the highest finish in school history. Tiffany has a bachelor's degree in athletic training from Brigham Young University.
7th/8th Grade PE Coordinator
Alan Trzecki is a veteran coach and educator with 20-plus years of experience. He joined the Burroughs coaching staff as an assistant in 2006 and two years later was named head coach of boys’ and girls’ soccer. In his first season at the helm, the boys’ team captured the program's first State championship, and Trzecki earned Coach of the Year honors. Trzecki also serves as the 7th and 8th grade PE coordinator and a member of the athletic administrative team. Before coming to Burroughs, he worked for 17 years as a physical education teacher and coach at Villa Duchesne-Oak Hill School. He earned a bachelor's degree in education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis where he competed for the Rivermen in the 1987 NCAA Final Four Men’s Soccer Championships. Trzecki holds coaching licenses from both the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and the United States Soccer Federation.
Davey Desloge '94
7th/8th Grade PE
Davey Desloge '94 joined the Burroughs faculty in 2007 and is the sports information director, baseball and soccer coach, a 7th and 8th grade physical education teacher and a faculty sponsor of the junior class. Prior to coming to Burroughs, Desloge was a third grade teacher at Forsyth School in St. Louis and a fourth grade teacher at New Canaan Country School in Connecticut. He played baseball at JBS under former athletic director Jim Lemen and current varsity coach Andy Katzman and played soccer under current JBS faculty members Kevin McKone and Chris Hinshaw. Desloge has a bachelor's degree from Indiana University.
Admin Assistant to the A.D.
Hollie Cosentino joined the PE/Athletics Department as assistant to the athletic director and freshman volleyball coach in spring 2011. She holds a bachelor's degree in sports management from Quincy University where she was a three-year starter and captain of the volleyball team. Prior to Burroughs, Hollie worked for Keystone Event Staffing as a branch manager, staffing various events including Mizzou football, St. Louis Rams, St. Louis Blues and Iowa Speedway.
Casie Tomlinson graduated from Drury University in 2002 where she earned a bachelor's degree in biology and exercise physiology before getting her bachelor's degree in nursing from Cox College of Nursing in 2004. During her four years at Drury, Tomlinson was a four-year letter earner in volleyball and a two-year captain. After playing in college, Tomlinson coached for Team Saint Louis Volleyball Club, helped at various local summer camps, and has also held some individual setting clinics in the St. Louis area. Before joining the Burroughs faculty in the fall of 2006, she worked in the Special Care Nursery at DePaul Hospital. Tomlinson is currently the head volleyball coach, student advisor and school nurse.
Dance Squad Science Faculty, Chair
Margaret Bahe joined the Burroughs science faculty in 1979. She is the chair of the Science Department and teaches AP Biology, Biology Achievement and Bioethics. She is the faculty sponsor of the student yearbook, dance squad and August Days (a two-week summer camp for disadvantaged children). She is also the faculty evaluation co-coordinator and a member of the outdoor education faculty. A prolific photographer, her candid shots of Burroughs students are posted on her personal science web site. Bahe earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Princeton University and a master's in education from Webster University. Prior to Burroughs, she taught at the St. Luke's School in New Canaan, CT.
Steve Beauchamp joined the Burroughs faculty in 2006. He is a member of the varsity girls' and boys' tennis coaching staff and teaches physical education. Beauchamp holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from Southern Methodist University.
Cross Country, Track
Chris Bugnitz joined the Burroughs faculty in 1995. She is the boys' and girls' varsity cross country coach and assistant boys' and girls' track coach. Bugnitz holds a bachelor's degree in health from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and a master's in physical education from Southeast Missouri State University.
Carrie Chapman '98
Field Hockey, Girls' Soccer
Carrie Chapman '98 joined the Burroughs PE/Athletics staff in 2009 and coaches JV field hockey and girls’ soccer. As a student/athlete, Carrie played field hockey, basketball, soccer, track and lacrosse at Burroughs. At the University of Virginia, where she graduated from the McIntire School of Commerce, Carrie played four years of field hockey and earned Atlantic Coast Conference 50th Anniversary Team Honors (named one of the top 50 field hockey players in the history of the ACC), and is second in career assists in UVA field hockey history. Prior to returning to Burroughs, Carrie worked as an investment banker for Ernst & Young and also coached field hockey at Charlotte Country Day School.
Margaret Clark '73
Field Hockey, Lacrosse
7th/8th Grade PE
Margaret Clark '73 joined the Burroughs faculty in 1978 as a member of the PE/Athletics Department. She is the head coach of cheerleading, dance and C field hockey. She also coaches JV girls' lacrosse and teaches 7th and 8th grade physical education. She holds a bachelor's degree in physical education from Colorado State University.
Academic Support & English Faculty
Jeff Dee joined the Burroughs faculty in 2008. He teaches English, tutors in the Academic Support Department and coaches basketball and baseball. Prior to coming to Burroughs, Dee taught English and coached baseball, track and cross country for 30 years in the Parkway School District. He served as chair of the English Department for his last four years at Parkway West. Dee holds a bachelor's degree in English from Carleton College and a master's in English literature from Washington University.
Michael Dee joined the Burroughs faculty in 1991. He teaches 9th and 10th grade English, coordinates the JBS outdoor education program and is a member of the May Project Review Board. He is certified by American Canoe Association as a whitewater kayak instructor, and he keeps bees on the Burroughs campus. Prior to coming to Burroughs, Dee taught English at Johns Hopkins University (Maryland), as a second language in Spain, at Gill/St. Bernard’s School (New Jersey) and at Rutgers Prep School (New Jersey). He holds a bachelor's degree in English from Amherst College and a master's in English from Johns Hopkins University.
JV Baseball Science Faculty
Scott Deken joined the Burroughs faculty in 2005. He was a four year letter earner in baseball and served as team captain his junior and senior years at College of the Ozarks where he majored in biology and chemistry. He earned his doctorate in neuroscience at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Washington University in St. Louis. Deken teaches AP Environmental Science, Advanced Biology Behavioral Neuroscience and Biology Achievement. He is also baseball coach, a student advisor and faculty sponsor of the Environmental Awareness Club.
English Faculty, Chair
Ellie DesPrez has taught English at Burroughs since 1998 and became department chair in 2010. She completed her bachelor of arts degree in English and philosophy at Vanderbilt University. She earned her masters' degrees in English and American literature and in teaching, as well as a doctorate in English and American literature, all from Washington University. In 2007, she completed her yoga-teaching certificate through a 200-hour yoga teacher training program accredited by the National Yoga Alliance. She teaches yoga to JBS students enrolled in fitness and also to JBS colleagues.
Jud Dieffenbach (JBS ’97) returned to Burroughs in the fall of 2011. He currently teaches Debate and Physical Education in addition to coaching C 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.
Jerry DiSalvo joined the Burroughs coaching staff in 2008 and has served as the boys' and girls' JV soccer coach. DiSalvo has an active B national coaching license from the United States Soccer Federation. He has been coaching since 1980; this includes assistant college coach for Benedictine men's soccer, select soccer for various clubs, director of player training and development for two soccer clubs and a 2001-02 Olympic Development coach for the 1986 girls' state team. DiSalvo earned soccer All-State honors as a students at St. Thomas Aquinas High School and All Conference, All Midwest and All American honors as a student at Benedictine College. DiSalvo has a bachelor's in physical education and a master's in business administration.
'91 Basketball, Soccer
Martha Fischer '91 returned to Burroughs in 2010 as varsity coach of girls' basketball. She also coaches boys' and girls' soccer and seventh and eighth grade physical education. From 1995 to 2005, she taught history and coached at Burroughs. Between 2005 and 2010, she worked in New York City as an independent online media professional. Fischer holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Vassar College.
Barry Gale '85
Barry Gale ’85 joined the Burroughs coaching staff in 2003 as the girls’ JV basketball coach and assistant soccer coach. Gale was the head soccer coach at Warrenton High School for the boys’ and girls’ programs from 1996-1998, the head JV soccer coach at St. Louis University High School from 2000-2003 and the head varsity coach for the girls’ soccer program at St. Elizabeth Academy in St. Louis. Gale has the most wins by any coach in St. Elizabeth Academy’s history. He holds a bachelor's degree from a graduate of Miami University (Ohio) and earned a master’s degree fromTruman State University.
Field Hockey, Boys' Tennis Cheerleading
7th/8th Grade PE
Susan Greditzer joined the Burroughs faculty in 1971. She coaches C field hockey and boys' tennis, is the head coach of C cheerleading and teaches 7th and 8th grade physical education. Greditzer holds a bachelor's degree from Barat College and a master's in political science from St. Louis University.
Troy Hood comes to John Burroughs after the previous nine seasons in the collegiate ranks with Lindenwood University and Washington University - St. Louis amassing a career collegiate record of 121-53 (70%), was selected to the MCLA National Tournament six times, and selected Conference Coach of the Year on three occasions. Coach Hood has also had the honor of coaching 14 All-America selections and 8 student-athletes who earned the highest academic honor from the MCLA. In order to get JBS Boys Lacrosse on the right path, Hood and his staff plan to emphasize skill, accountability, and effort while teaching basic and advanced strategies. The future looks bright for JBS Boys Lacrosse.
Diversity & Multicultural Education
Daniel Harris joined the Burroughs faculty in 1996. He is director of Diversity & Multicultural Education. He co-teaches African-American Studies, coordinates the 10th Grade Diversity Seminar and coaches boys' and girls' track. Harris holds a dual bachelor's degree in political science and African-American studies from Washington University.
Mylin Johnson '92
Basketball, Football Academic
Aim High Site Director (Priory)
Mylin Johnson '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.
Andy Katzman '85
Andy Katzman '85 has coached Burroughs baseball program for 25 years. As an all-state baseball player for Burroughs, he led the Bombers to the 1985 state championship. After graduating from Burroughs, Katzman went on to play baseball at Wake Forest University and St. Louis University. He returned to Burroughs after college and served as the assistant varsity coach for 12 years, leading the Bombers to three final four appearances and a state championship in 1991. Katzman became head coach in 2001 and has continued to develop a baseball program which is considered to be one of the finest programs in the St. Louis area. Katzman holds a degree in political science from St. Louis University.
Leslie Kehr joined the Burroughs faculty in 1985. She is the head boys' and girls' swimming coach and teaches physical education. She holds a bachelor's degree in education from University of Missouri.
Strength and Conditioning
Kevin Kinney joined the Burroughs coaching staff in 2011. After a decorated career as a strength and conditioning coach and a football coach in the Parkway School District, Kevin joined the JBS community and has immediately changed the culture around the weight room and on the playing fields. Kevin preaches proper technique and preparation in everything he does; a message heard loud and clear by the student-athletes at JBS. Coach Kinney graduated from Iowa Wesleyan with a degree in Physical Eduction and then earned his Master's degree from Lindenwood University. Coach Kinney has been working with young athletes in this field since 1979.
Andy Leonard has been on the varsity ice hockey coaching staff since 1994. He has served as head coach since 2003. Leonard was awarded the Level 5 Masters Coaching Certificate by U.S.A Hockey in 2005. He has coached beginners levels and AA level at Kirkwood Youth Hockey and was named Kirkwood Coach of the Year in 2001. Leonard received the Ray Harrison Award for Contributors to Amateur Hockey in 2006. He is a managing partner of the McCarthy, Leonard & Kaemmerer law firm, specializing in litigation. Leonard holds a bachelor's degree in English from Miami University (Ohio) and a law degree from the University of Missouri.
Fred McConnell '65
Football, Basketball, Baseball
7th/8th Grade PE
Fred McConnell '65 started working at 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 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 second in State and 12 District titles. McConnell was inducted into the Missouri State High School Baseball Hall of Fame and the St. Louis Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame. McConnell has a bachelor's degree from William Jewel College and a master's in education from Washington University.
Football, Basketball, Track
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.
Mark Nicholas joined the Burroughs faculty in 1982. He teaches American government, World Civ II and a senior elective, Literature and History. Nicholas is co-coordinator of faculty evaluation and coaches varsity football. He holds a bachelor's degree from Western Michigan University and taught at several high schools in Michigan prior to coming to Burroughs.
Megan O'Malley graduated in 2008 from the University of Virginia where she played for the Division I defending National Championship women's lacrosse team. During her collegiate career, O'Malley also played two years for Team USA. She joined the Burroughs lacrosse coaching staff in the spring of 2009 and the team claimed the state championship that year. O'Malley was the assistant coach of the Burroughs girls' varsity lacrosse team during their state championship season in 2009. She teaches 7th and 8th grade physical education, coaches the girls' JV basketball team and is now the head coach of the girls' varsity lacrosse program. She started a year-round girls' lacrosse club program, St. Louis Speed Inc., in the fall of 2009 to help grow the sport of lacrosse in St. Louis and give student athletes the opportunity to gain national exposure to colleges and universities.
Ellen Port joined the JBS faculty in 1986. During that time she has been a teacher and director of 7th and 8th grade physical education and health teacher. She has coached track, basketball and currently serves as a JV field hockey and boys’ varsity golf coach. Under her leadership, the JBS golf team has claimed two State Championships. It was not until her first year at JBS, at age 25, that Port actually took up the game of golf, where she quickly excelled. She has long been recognized as the top female golfer in the state of Missouri, winning a record seven State championships. She has won four National championships and represented the United States in two U.S. Curtis Cup competitions. In 2000, she was recognized by the Regional Chamber and Growth Association during the Bicentennial Celebration as one of St. Louis’s top 100 athletes of all time. Port has a bachelor's degree from the University of Missouri.
Basketball, Track, Volleyball
Wayne Scott joined the Burroughs staff in August 2006. He teaches 7th and 8th grade physical education and coaches basketball, track and volleyball. He formerly worked as a graduate assistant (volleyball and track and field) at Northwest Missouri State University. He holds a bachelor's degree in recreation and administration and a master's in health and physical education from Oral Roberts University. Scott lettered three years as a decathlete (ranked third in his home country of Jamaica). He also represented the Jamaican junior and senior national volleyball teams in 1999-2001.
Wendi Sock, head coach of Girls' JV Tennis, joined JBS as Head Coach of Girls' JV Tennis team in 2013. Played Division I Collegiate tennis at the NCAA ranked #2 University of Georgia (1987-1988) and the University of Colorado (1988-1991) where she ultimately competed at the #1 singles and #1 doubles positions. Career highs include: 1990 Big 8 Conference runner up at #3 singles, nominated for University of Colorado Female Athlete of the year in 1990, 1989-1991 Dean's List Academic All American for three consecutive years, 1990 National Amateur rankings of #21 (singles) and #14 (doubles). Holds a B.A. from the University of Colorado (psych '92) and a Masters of Health Administration from Washington University in St. Louis ('95).
Steve Stiffelman has been active in the St. Louis water polo community for more than 45 years. His participation includes many years as a player, referee and as the head coach at Burroughs since the spring of 2007. He is also Burroughs’ assistant swim team coach for boys and girls. Stiffelman earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and a master's degree from Webster University.
Cross Country, Fitness, Track
7th/8th Grade PE
Flennard Thorpe joined the Burroughs staff in 2001 after working for 31 years in the Ritenour School District. At JBS, Thorpe coaches both boys’ and girls’ cross country as well as boys’ and girls’ track. While at Ritenour, Thorpe taught 7th grade social studies and 9th grade English and was also the head girls’ track and cross country coach.
Meridith Thorpe '95
Basketball, Field Hockey Admissions
Meridith Thorpe '95 joined the JBS coaching staff in 2009 as the head varsity field hockey coach and the assistant varsity basketball coach. She also teaches 7th and 8th grade physical education and works in admissions. After graduating from Burroughs, where Thorpe helped her team win three Midwest Field Hockey titles, she went on to have a decorated career at the University of Virginia as a four-time All-American. Upon graduation from UVA with a bachelor's degree in sociology, Thorpe has coached at Ohio State, UVA, the University of Iowa and now at Burroughs.
7th/8th Grade PE
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.
Steve Wilcutt has been the boys’ varsity basketball head coach for 22 years. During that time he has also served as a golf coach as well as a 7th and 8th grade PE teacher. Prior to coming to Burroughs, Wilcutt served as an assistant basketball coach at Pattonville, Mehlville and DeSmet high schools.