PE & Athletics Staff

Administrative Team

facultyimage_medium.jpegPeter Tasker
Athletic Director


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.

facultyimage_medium-1.jpegDean Tiffany
Assistant Athletic Director
Athletic Trainer, Wrestling


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.

image_preview-1.jpegAlan Trzecki
Boys & Girls Soccer
7th/8th Grade Athletics 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.

image_preview-2.jpegDavey Desloge (JBS '94)
Baseball, Boys Soccer
7th/8th Grade PE
Sports Information


Davey Desloge (JBS '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 freshman 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.


Hollie Cosentino
Athletics Assistant, Volleyball


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.

image_preview-3.jpegCasie Tomlinson
School Nurse, Volleyball


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.


image_preview-5.jpegMargaret Bahe
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.

image_preview-6.jpegSteve Beauchamp
Boys & Girls Tennis


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.

image_preview-7.jpegChris Bugnitz
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.

image_preview-8.jpegCarrie Chapman (JBS '98)
Field Hockey, Girls Lacrosse


Carrie Chapman (JBS '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.

facultyimage_medium-2.jpegMargaret Clark (JBS '73)
Field Hockey, Girls Lacrosse
Dance, Cheerleading
7th/8th Grade PE


Margaret Clark (JBS '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.

facultyimage_medium-3.jpegJeff Dee
Baseball, Boys Basketball
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.

image_preview-9.jpegMichael Dee
Outdoor Education
English Faculty


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.

image_preview-10.jpegScott Deken
9th/10th Grade Principal,  Baseball


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.

facultyimage_medium-4.jpegEllie DesPrez
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.

image_preview-11.jpegJud Dieffenbach (JBS '97)
Football, Boys Basketball, Boys Tennis


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.


image_preview-2.jpegMartha Fischer (JBS '91)
Girls Basketball, Boys & Girls Soccer


Martha Fischer (JBS '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.

image_preview-4.jpegBarry Gale (JBS '85)
Girls Basketball, Boys & Girls Soccer


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.

image_preview-5.jpegSusan Greditzer
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.

facultyimage_medium.jpegDaniel Harris
Track, History Faculty
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.

Ben Hjelle  joined the Burroughs athletic staff in 2014 and serves as Head Coach for the Varsity Boys' Lacrosse team and Assistant Coach for the Boys' Basketball C Team, as well as a part-time P.E. instructor.  Prior to joining Burroughs, Ben taught history and coached lacrosse at EdgewaterHigh School (Florida), with previous coaching experience at Clayton High School and the York School (California).  Ben holds a Bachelor's in History and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master's in International Policy Studies from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.  Ben runs a consulting firm in the life sciences industry.

image_preview-7.jpegMylin Johnson (JBS '92)
Boys Basketball, Football
Academic Support Faculty
Aim High Site Director (Priory)


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.

image_preview-8.jpegAndy Katzman (JBS '85)


Andy Katzman (JBS '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.

facultyimage_medium-1.jpegLeslie Kehr
Boys & Girls Swimming

7th/8th Grade PE


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.

image_preview-9.jpegKevin Kinney
Strength & Conditioning

7th/8th Grade PE


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.

image_preview-10.jpegAndy Leonard
Ice Hockey


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.


image_preview-11.jpegFred McConnell (JBS '65)
Football,  Baseball

7th/8th Grade PE


Fred McConnell (JBS '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.

image_preview-12.jpegJohn Merritt
Football, Girls Basketball, Track
History Faculty


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.

image_preview-14.jpegMegan Long
Volleyball, Girls Lacrosse


Megan Long 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, Long also played two years for Team USA. She joined the Burroughs lacrosse coaching staff in the spring of 2009.  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.

image_preview-1.jpegWayne Scott
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)

image_preview-1.jpegFlennard Thorpe
Cross Country, 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.

image_preview-2.jpegMeridith Thorpe (JBS '95)
Field Hockey, Track, Assistant Director of Admissions

7th/8th Grade PE


Meridith Thorpe (JBS '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.

image_preview-3.jpegRay Thorpe
Football, Track
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.


image_preview-5.jpegSteve Wilcutt
Boys Basketball
Boys & Girls Golf

7th/8th Grade PE


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.