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Edmund Burke School competes in the Potomac Valley Athletic Conference (PVAC). Our swimming team also participates in The Washington Metropolitan Prep School Swimming and Diving League.
Updated: September 14, 2020

In Fall 2020, Burke is offering all-virtual athletics and PE courses, as well as hybrid programs for sports that can meet outdoors. Students enrolled in all programs received a "sports pack" with the equipment needed to train at home. Cross country and soccer have the option to participate in in-person conditioning and workouts at Burke's facilities in "pods," in accordance with the DC State Athletic Association's guidance.
Soccer Basketball Ultimate Frisbee
Girls Volleyball Swimming Golf
Cross Country Girls Softball
Boys Baseball
Track & Field

Teamwork | Hard Work | Commitment | Respect

List of 3 items.

  • Our Mission

    we create an atmosphere where students feel safe and learn to challenge themselves and their teammates in a way that builds skills, confidence, and character.
  • Our Philosophy

    we eschew the "win-at-all-cost" model of coaching in favor of both wanting to win and using sports to teach broader lessons; draw from the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA), a nonprofit founded by Stanford University.
  • Core Values

    Teamwork: working together in a positive and inclusive manner toward a common goal; sharing responsibility toward continued improvement

    Hard Work: giving it your all, even when challenged and pushed to your limits; being consistent and balanced through exhaustion and staying focused on the tasks at hand

    Commitment: consistently showing up on time, prepared and ready to focus on giving your best effort for yourself and for the team

    Respect: combining dignity and empathy, best expressed through both verbal and non verbal communication

Athletics Department

List of 3 members.

  • Photo of JD Sand

    JD Sand 

    Athletics Director
    202-362-8882 x619
    University of Phoenix - B.A.
    Canisius College - M.S.
  • Photo of Kevin Forde

    Kevin Forde 

    Assistant Athletic Director
    202-362-8882 x674
  • Photo of Brian Bobo

    Brian Bobo 

    PE Department Chair / MS & HS PE
    202-362-8882 x673
    Catholic University of America - B.A.

Head Coach Bios | Fall 2020

List of 6 items.

  • Cross Country - Middle and High School

    Michelle Howell
    Coach Michelle enters her first year as head coach at Burke. She brings over seven years of coaching experience and is presently competing for a spot on the 2020 Olympic Team. Originally from Florida, she moved to the DC area in 2018 to compete for Under Armour and the District Track Club. In 2020 she ranked in the top 25 in the world in the indoor 600 meters.
  • Soccer - Boys High School

    Donald Dane 
    This is Donald’s fifth year coaching at Burke and third year leading the boy’s high school program. Donald played collegiate soccer at Franklin Pierce University from 2009 to 2010 before transferring to Rhode Island College.
  • Soccer - Boys Middle School

    Dajuan Spriggs 
    Dajuan was born and raised in Arlington, VA. He went on to graduate from Marymount University in 2014 with a bachelor’s in psychology. Dajuan has been coaching youth soccer since 2013 and has been coaching at Burke since 2017. His favorite soccer team is Chelsea FC.
  • Soccer - Girls High School

    Brendan Bailes 
    Brendan has coached numerous sports at Burke, including varsity basketball, JV basketball, varsity, and  Middle School softball, and Middle School soccer. As a PVAC athlete himself back in the day, he played soccer, basketball, and baseball, and played in a PVAC all-star game before the current seniors were born. Coach B's biggest challenge is being left-handed and teaching right-handed people to play sports. Outside of Burke, you can find him on the streets of DC playing old-time blues with his bands the Capitol Hillbillies, DC Mudd, and Snakehead Run.
  • Soccer - Girls Middle School

    John Howard
    This is John’s thirteenth season as head coach of the program. He has also coached girls and boys basketball. John began coaching his two children when they were each five years old, and both played seven years of Burke soccer, as well as swimming, basketball, track, and Ultimate Frisbee. John has been teaching music at Burke for 31 years and is an avid gardener.

    Nora Howard '14
    Nora was a team captain at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, graduating in 2018; in addition to soccer, she also played Ultimate Frisbee. This year, she is leading one of the on-campus soccer "pods." 
  • Volleyball - High School

    Kendall LaVine 
    Kendall is thrilled to be coaching at Burke for a fifth season. She feels honored to witness the program's young women develop into powerful leaders on and off the court. Kendall played Division 1 indoor and sand volleyball in college and has coached at the high school level for the past six years. In addition to coaching, Kendall works for an organization focused on gender-based violence policy and conditions of confinement. When not coaching or working, Kendall can be found outdoors!

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