Dr. Doug Kuhlmann
Director of Activities and Development
636.928.5100 ext. 275


“…to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.”

Ephesians 4:12


Cougar Athletics

Welcome!  Lutheran High School aims to provide excellent opportunities for students to develop and display their talents through competition. Our activities are conducted as an integral component of the overall educational experience at LHS with the goal of having all students strive to reach their God-given potential.

In accordance with nurturing personal growth, the central goal of the athletics program is to foster personal Christian characteristics and qualities of respect for self and others, honesty, integrity, commitment, reliability, common sense and perseverance.  The values learned through the athletic experience at LHS will equip student-athletes for lives of Christian service.  We offer a variety of competitive sports for both men and women.  Our coaches are dedicated men and women who strive for excellence both on and off the field and encourage each of our student-athletes to be positive witnesses for Christ!

Our Cougar athletic teams are members of the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) and the Archdiocesan Athletic Association (AAA). This dual affiliation offers our student-athletes a variety of opportunities for competition and post-season play. As an athlete, our programs offer the coaching, the facilities, and the competition to challenge you and thrill you!

Let me know if there is anything that our staff can do to assist you in achieving your goals during your time at LHS.


Dr. Doug Kuhlmann
Director of Activities and Development


Recommended Reading:

  1. Strategies for Coaching Parents

Jim Clark - Assistant Athletic Director


Jana Leppien - Assistant to the Activities Director


Mark Daniels - Athletic Trainer


Mark Daniels earned his B.S. Ed. from Missouri State University in Physical Education, Athletic Training, and General Science.  He 

earned NCAA Division II All-American honors as a football fullback at Missouri State.  He finished second in the nation inearned NCAA Division II All-American honors as a football fullback at Missouri State.  He finished second in the nation inscoring and 12th  in rushing.  He earned his M.S. at the University of Oregon in Exercise Physiology.  Mark has taught middle school science 9 years, and high school chemistry and biology 4 years.  He was an Athletic Training faculty member at Missouri State University for 16 years. Mark has taught anatomy, biomechanics, injury evaluation, first aid, fitness for living, and the capstone course for student athletic trainers.  He worked 5 years for Johnson & Johnson, selling orthopedist suture anchors. Mark has made presentations at the National Athletic Trainers’ Association National Symposium in lower extremity biomechanics and foot orthotic therapy.  He has coached boy’s and girl’s soccer for 19 years from U5 – U18 including the varsity level.  He has cared for high school athletes for more than 29 years.  Mark really enjoys biking or elliptical as part of his weekly routine and his recreational time by golfing, walking, hiking, and swing dancing with his wife Linda.

Mr. Daniels is an excellent communicator and extremely knowledgeable in the realm of medicine and he will work with our student athletes to meet all their training needs.  In addition, he looks forward to working with our families and provide enhanced care this school year and beyond.  Should you have any questions for him, we encourage you to contact him directly:

Cell Phone (text or call) – (417) 839-9920

Cougar Highlights

  • Athlete Spotlight - Meredith Leigh, Senior, Varsity Girls Swim

    The senior placed 17th in the 200 free at the MSHSAA State Swim meet, posting a personal record of 2:03.37. She was an integral part of both the 200 free relay (16th place), and the 400 free relay (9th place), both setting new team records. Meredith had another personal best of 57.01 in her 100 free split in the final relay. Her performances helped set the team up for its best placement ever at a state swimming meet, 16th out of 59 teams. 



  • Youth Sports Injury Seminar - March 13

    Please join Signature Health at their upcoming Signature Speaks Seminar. The seminar concentrates on Youth Sports Injuries with important information for parents of student athletes. 

    Click for more info. 

  • LHS Athletic Banquets 2017 - 2018

    LHS Families,

    Following the fall season, the Activities Department sent out a survey for families to complete. One of the questions asked you for feedback on the banquet following the fall season. The question read:

    This year, LHS changed the format of our athletic banquets. Please share your thoughts on the All-Teams Athletic Banquet.

    We appreciate the feedback you gave regarding this question. Your comments and considerations can help us to make improvements for the winter and spring banquets later this school year. Here were the trending comments:

    -Overwhelming support for the inclusivity of all programs. With all fall families attending one banquet, the new format resulted in greater opportunities for fellowship between teams, for both parents and student-athletes.

    -Appreciated the short program and prayer, followed by the opportunity for fellowship at the meal prior to being released for the sport-specific recognition.

    -Student-Athletes and their parents appreciated the opportunity to hear about each program and their season results, GPA’s, etc. This promoted greater cohesion amongst the entire LHS Activities program.

    -Cost was fair for the amount of food, but a little on the high side. (Editor Note – LHS and the Booster Club broke even on the cost of the banquet vs. revenue.)

    -For those families with student-athletes in different sports, it was problematic for both parents to attend award ceremonies. This was especially an issue for awards such as MVP, MIP, Cougar award, as well as the awarding of the Academic and All-Conference awards.

    -Families appreciated the increased formality of the banquet…in organization, attire, etc. After a long season, it’s nice to celebrate in a formal environment.

    Based on this feedback, here are a few changes that the Activities Department and the Booster Club will aim to make for the banquets for the winter season and the spring seasons.

    -In addition to the opening remarks and season re-caps, we will include a video to watch when arriving.

    -Team MVP, MIP, Cougar awards, as well as the Academic All-Conference awards will be shared with all families in the gym. Additional team awards will be shared in sport-specific recognitions following the meal.

    -Cost will remain at $20 for this year. We will look into options for 2018-2019, in terms of catering and looking at other funding models to reduce the cost of the banquet.

    Finally, please mark your calendars for the winter banquet at LHS.

    • Winter – Sunday, March 18, 2018
    • Spring – TBA (date will be in May)

    Have a blessed beginning to 2018 and the second semester at LHS. See you at Trivia Night on Friday, March 9, 2018 at Immanuel, St. Charles! If you still need to register, please use the following link:


    Have a blessed weekend!

    The LHS Booster Club Executive Council and Activities Department

    Brady Westphal – President
    Danny Soaib – Vice-President
    Cliff Langston – Treasurer
    Justin Popkey – Secretary
    Wendy Berry – Fundraising
    Laurie Preusser – Events
    Toni Vogt – Communications

    Email – lhsbooster.club@lhssc.org

  • LHS Seeks Freshmen Girls Volleyball Coach

    Lutheran High School St. Charles is currently accepting applications for the position of head varsity girls volleyball coach for the 2018-2019 school year.  Interested individuals should submit the following to the Lutheran High School Activities Director, Doug Kuhlmann:

    1.  A letter of interest, with a brief statement of your teaching/coaching philosophy.
    2.  Resume 
    3.  Two letters of recommendation specifically noting leadership, strengths, and coaching/teaching experience.

    Questions?  Contact Doug Kuhlmann @ DKuhlmann@lhssc.org or (636) 928-5100

  • LHS Hires Head Volleyball Coach for 2018

    Lutheran High School is proud to announce the hiring of Mrs. Rachel Versemann as the Head Women’s Varsity Volleyball Coach for 2018.

    Coach Versemann has been playing and coaching volleyball for many years.   Rachel graduated from Concordia, Chicago where she was a 4-year varsity starter on the women’s volleyball team.  She also played basketball and ran track for the Cougars.

    Rachel began coaching after college at St. John, Forest Park, IL, where she coached volleyball and basketball for grades 5-8 and served as a 3rd grade teacher.  The following year she added varsity volleyball coaching responsibilities at Walther Lutheran High School in Melrose Park, IL.  After 3 years at Walther, she joined the staff of Concordia University as an assistant volleyball coach.

    Coach Versemann moved with her family to the St. Louis area to be closer to family when her children were little.  She began coaching here at Lutheran High as an assistant with the volleyball program under coach Kathy Chapin.  As children and family responsibilities increased, Rachel left Lutheran to coach her daughter’s club teams.  During these years, she coached ages 10U-16U with St. Charles Xplosion. She also coached at Messiah, Weldon Spring, for 2 seasons.  Coach Versemannserved as an assistant coach at Francis Howell High School in both the girls’ and boys’ programs from 2010-2017.  In 2017, Versemann joined the Cougar’s girl’s volleyball staff as the freshmen coach.  

    Rachel and her husband, Todd, live in the Cottleville area.  They attend Messiah Lutheran Church in Weldon Spring, and their children, Abbie and Jake, are both graduates of Lutheran High.  Abbie is now a senior at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, TX, where she is on the gymnastics team, and Jake attends Missouri S&T in Rolla, where he plays  football.  Coach Versemann is currently teaching kindergarten in the Francis Howell School District at Fairmount Elementary.

    Coach Versemann will take the reigns of our girl’s volleyball program and join an already-excellent team of coaches: Lisa Gnade (assistant varsity), Greg Franklin (head JV), and Allison Patton (assistant JV).  In addition to her new role with the girl’s volleyball program, Coach Versemann will also serve as the JV boy’s volleyball coach this coming spring.  

    With this promotion, LHS will now begin the search for a freshmen girl’s volleyball coach for the 2018-2019 school year.  If you have any leads, please contact Dr. Doug Kuhlmann. 

  • Sportsmanship at Lutheran High

    LHS families, 

    Welcome back to the second semester at LHS. I hope that you all enjoyed Christmas and New Years and had a relaxing time with your family and friends over break. 

    I want to take a moment and thank each of you for your continued support of the Lutheran High School Activities Department. Our 22 programs, 42 teams, over 250 athletes, dedicated group of 50+ coaches and the school administration appreciate all that you do! Your support, as a parent, is critical for our success as a department.  Whether it be attending games, being a member of the Booster Club, supporting our upcoming Trivia Night, etc. we appreciate your partnership!

    Lutheran High School considers sportsmanship a top priority. It is the expectation that all coaches, players, officials and spectators respect the integrity and judgment of everyone involved in all contests, including opponents and game officials. In accordance with our philosophy and goals, the promotion of sportsmanship is integral to the functioning of the AAA Conference and to Lutheran High School. Sportsmanship is a concrete measure of the understanding of and commitment to fair play, ethical behavior, and integrity.  Our sportsmanship and behavior at contests also allows others to see Jesus in the way that we act and react to adversity, our overacting priority about all other things! 

    Realize there is enough pressure on athletes to perform as it is.  Added pressure from reacting to mistakes and being critical and negative to coaches, players, and officials create unneeded stress and take away from the fun of sport.  LHS has made a commitment to promote good sportsmanship by student-athletes, coaches and spectators at all athletic events. Profanity, degrading remarks, and intimidating actions directed at officials, competitors, and other fans will not be tolerated and are grounds for removal from the event site. 

    To make this cooperative effort the most rewarding it can be for parents, athletes, coaches, officials, and visiting fans; the following is our “Sportsmanship High Fives”:

    -Show respect for the opponent at all times
    -Show respect for the officials
    -Know, understand, and appreciate the rules of the contest
    -Maintain self-control at all times
    -Recognize and appreciate skill in performance regardless of team

    It is important to realize that each school has their own vision of what good sportsmanship entails. Ensure that you understand OUR philosophy. There will be some schools that visit LHS or when we are on the road, which do not have the same ideals that we have and will not conduct themselves accordingly.  We know what we stand for and will act accordingly.

    I look forward to seeing you as we all join together to encourage good sportsmanship by demonstrating positive support for all players, coaches, officials, and fans at every game. We count on you, our fans, to cheer loudly for great play and to be a positive factor in the success of all our programs.

    Winning is an Attitude!

    Dr. Doug Kuhlmann, CMAA
    Director of Development and Activities

  • Booster Club Wish List 2017/18

    The LHS Booster Club has collected a wish list from the Lutheran High athletic teams, activities, and clubs. To view the Wish List, click the link below. 

    Contact Dr. Doug Kuhlmann at dkuhlmann@lhssc.org  to make a donation. 

    Booster Club Wish List 17-18

  • LHS Hire Tennis Coaches for 2017-2018

    Lutheran High School is proud to announce the hiring of Mr. Jonathan Douglas and Mr. Mike Wadley for men’s and women’s tennis coaches for the 2017-2018 school year.

    Jonathan Douglas is entering his first season as the Lutheran High School Cougars Head Tennis coach. He also operates as an Account Manager for Orion Advisor Services.  Douglas graduated from Concordia University (NE) in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. During his collegiate playing career, he lettered three times and earned All-Conference honors during the 2013 season in doubles for the Bulldog tennis team.  He began his pursuit of coaching during the summer of 2012 training as a tennis instructor under Larry Lewis (USPTA Professional #1 Facility Manager of the Year 2007) in Fort Collins, CO. Douglas also served as a high school boys tennis coach at Kanakuk Kamps K-2 during the summer of 2013.  Douglas is currently working toward earning his masters in business administration at Missouri Baptist University. He and his wife live in Cottleville and enjoy being with friends and family.

    Mike Wadley is entering his first season as tennis coach at Lutheran High School. Since 2006, he has been a volunteer head coach for several youth baseball and basketball teams at the elementary, junior high, and high school level. He has served as captain of several adult tennis teams over the past 11 years, leading teams to two city championships in Atlanta, three district appearances, two sectional appearances, and a USTA state championship in Georgia.  Mike is a native of St. Peters and a graduate of Fort Zumwalt South High, Webster University (BA), and Saint Louis University (MBA). He is an active member of Zion Harvester and has a senior, Nick, and sophomore, Lauren, at LHS.

    Together, Coach Douglas and Wadley share a coaching philosophy which is based on developing trust, providing a clear purpose, setting high standards, maintaining accountability, and equipping athletes with tools that empower them to succeed on and off the court. 

  • Lutheran Football Welcomes Back Coach Harris

    Lutheran High School is proud to announce that Coach Arlen Harris is returning to LHS be the Head Varsity Football Coach for the 2018 season!  Coach Harris brings extensive knowledge, experience and Christian leadership to the Lutheran High football program.  

    In addition to Coach Harris re-joining the staff, Coach Brandon Tripp will continue to build on the new initiatives and concepts that he began this past season and will remain as the Associate Head Coach for the Cougars next season.  In addition to his role as Associate Head Football Coach, Coach Tripp will also continue his work as the Head Track and Field Coach for the Cougars this spring.  This enables the program to utilize the talents and skills of these two outstanding coaches to go along with our already experienced coaching staff to continue building a culture of excellence with our program as we build “Champions for Life!”

    Coach Harris, Tripp, Rubio, Gossett, Mays, Schaeffer, Moran, Southmayd, and Eitzmann look forward to next season and to continuing to develop and strengthen our football program in alignment with our Cougar vision of “Winning is an Attitude!”

    God’s Blessings to Coach Harris and his family as they transition “home” to the area and to LHS!

  • LHS Hires Head Track Coach for 2018

    Lutheran High School is proud to announce the hiring of Mr. Brandon Tripp as Head Track Coach and Mrs. Elizabeth Fruend as Associate Head Coach for the 2017-2018 school year.

    Coach Tripp will begin his first season as the head track coach at LHS, after serving the previous two years as an assistant coach.  He also serves as the head football coach at LHS.  Since 2003, Coach Tripp has been a volunteer, assistant, head coach and director of middle school, high school, collegiate and club athletics.
    He is a 2001 graduate of Thornton Township High School (Chicago, IL.) and 2006 graduate of Greenville College (Greenville, IL.). He was a 3 sport athlete (Football, Wrestling & Track) in which he was an 8x All-State & 6x NCAA All-America award recipient. Greenville College also competes in the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) in which Coach Tripp received 18 All-America awards and was a part of 7 National Championship teams. Coach Tripp played 3 years Semi-Pro Football as a WR/RB for the Effingham Panthers and led the USFA in receiving yards (1,388) in 2007.
    He began his coaching path with the Fellowship of Christian Athlete program and has been blessed with the opportunity to coach Football and Track & Field at both of his alma-maters Thornton Township High School (IL.) & Greenville College (IL.). From 2008 – 2015, Coach Tripp served as the Head Track & Field and Assistant Football coach at Christian Brothers College (CBC) High School. Coach Tripp has coached 11 IHSA/ MSHSAA State Champions & 2 NCAA National Champions in Track and Field. Coach Tripp led the CBC Track & Field Cadets to back to back team trophies in 2013 & 2014 and assisted the Cadets Football program to a State Championship victory in 2014.
    Coach Tripp is currently working toward an M.A.E in Coaching and has a USATF Level II Certification in Sprinting. He and his family live in Maryland Heights.

  • LHS Hires Associate Head Track Coach for 2018

    LHS Alumnus, Elizabeth Fruend (ne Burch), is excited to be joining the Cougar Track coaching staff in 2018. Elizabeth currently teaches Geography, Physical Education, and Health, at LHS. Elizabeth has helped coach track at Immanuel St. Charles, for the past 7 years, where the teams earned 6 Boys State Championships, and 3 Girls State Championships during her service. Elizabeth is the faculty representative for Cougar Archery, and helps coach the LHS Cross Country team. We appreciate her competitive attitude, with a smile. She is active personally, having run in 12 half marathons, and continues to run before most of us are awake early in the mornings. Elizabeth is a graduate of Concordia University Wisconsin, where she was a four -year varsity starter for the women’s basketball team and an all-conference player.  Elizabeth is married to Rick who is also an alumni of Lutheran High, they have three children; Joshua a senior, Julia a junior and Travis a freshman. 

  • Stay Informed With LHS Activities: Use Social Media

    Have you signed up for a Twitter account yet?  Coaches of each sport and activity leaders use Twitter to disseminate results of contests/games, changes in the practice schedule, game cancellations, hi-lights of games, all-conference and all-district results, etc.   We share pictures and information with our LHS fan-base and community on a consistent basis as a means to develop a stronger sense of school spirit and support!  

    We hope that you have already been “following” us….if not, you are strongly encouraged to do so.  We use Twitter as a primary means of sharing the aforementioned information.  If you are not following us, you may miss something important!  If you need assistance, here is an easy “how-to” for signing up for an account: 


    Even if you do not want to have an account, but would like to receive the updates, we encourage you to do that, as well.   To follow our updates on twitter, go to www.twitter.com/lutherancougars to see our tweets.  Please note, to have our tweets sent directly to your phone via SMS, you will need to sign up for a twitter account. 

    General Information – @LutheranCougars
    Booster Club – @BoosterClubLHS
    Theatre – @LHSSCTheatre
    Music – @LHSCougarMusic
    Scholar Bowl – @cougarbrainteam
    Robotics – @LHSRoboteers
    (Performance) Strength and Conditioning – @LHS_Performance
    Boys/Girls Soccer – @LHSSoccerFC
    Softball – @LHSCougarSB
    Track and Field/Cross Country – @LutheranXC_TF
    Boys/Girls Swim – @CouglesSwimming
    Boys/Girls Golf – @LutheranGolf
    Football – @lhscougarfb
    Volleyball – @LHSCougarVB
    Boys Basketball – @LHSCougarHoops
    Girls Basketball – @LHSCougarGBB
    Tennis – @LHSSC_Tennis
    Wrestling – @lutheranmatrats
    Baseball – @LHSCougarball
    Sapphires – @LHS CougarSpirit
    Dr. Kuhlmann – @DougKuhlmann 
    Mrs. Leppien – @LuHiActivities
    Mr. Clark – @JClark8296

    If you need any assistance in signing up or using Twitter, please contact Jana Leppien (or your son/daughter!):


  • LHS Cougar Club

    LHS families,

    Are you a Booster Club member yet for 2017-2018?  As you may know, the LHS Booster Club exists to promote the activity programs, increase community interest, and recognize the achievements of LHS activities, teams and students.  

    Many families, supporters, and friends of Lutheran High School have already shown their support for the LHS Activities Program and the Booster Club by becoming members of “The Cougar Club.”  “Cougar Club” members receive many benefits such as admission to games and events, preferred parking, apparel, banners, and many other items!

    Please see the attached document describing the different levels of The Cougar Club, and join today!  You may pay online at https://lutheranhighstcharles.com/support/booster-club/ or send payment to the school office.  Business owners may also sponsor our Activities Program as Champion’s Club members (contact Director of Development and Activities, Dr. Kuhlmann for more information at DKuhlmann@lhssc.org).  

    Why do we need your support?  Our main goals for this year are to:

    1. Promote pride, respect, spirit, and unity among LHS students, staff, families, and supporters.

    2. Promote the LHS interscholastic activities program as an integral part of the total education program. 

    3. Maintain a comprehensive activity program which seeks the highest development of all participants.

    We look forward to partnering with you!  If we can ever be of any assistance to get you involved in an event or fundraiser, or anything else to further our goals, please contact one of our executive team members:


     Go Cougars!

    Brady Westphal, President
    Danny Soiab, Vice-President

    Justin Popkey, Secretary
    Cliff Langston, Treasurer

  • LHS Hires Head XC Coach for 2017-18

    Lutheran High School is proud to announce the hiring of Mr. Sam Weinhold as our head Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Coach for the 2017-2018 school year.

    Sam Weinhold has served in a variety of coaching positions throughout the years. Sam was previously the head Varsity Baseball coach in Shiner, Texas and in his second year finished strong with 9-1 record in district play which ended with winning the district title. While also in Texas, Sam was the Head Coach for the middle school Football and Basketball teams. Along with those responsibilities, he was also an assistant Varsity Football and Basketball coach at the High School level. During Sam’s time in Texas, he was also asked to help with both Middle School Track and the High School Track team which ended with both Girls and Boys winning state.

    Looking to get back home to the St. Louis area, Sam was offered a teaching position at Child of God Lutheran School and was also named Athletic Director and has maintained this distinction since 2015. While at Child of God, Sam has been blessed to be able to coach Cross Country and Basketball. Sam also serves the congregation of Child of Church in a leadership position as an elder. At his alma mater, Lutheran High, Sam has also been active in coaching both Varsity and JV Baseball.

    Sam attended Lutheran High St. Charles graduating in 2007. While attending Lutheran High St. Charles Sam was a member of the Baseball and Wrestling teams. Following Lutheran High Sam attended Central Missouri where he earned a degree in Criminal Justice. Following Central Missouri Sam continued his education at Texas State where he received a master’s degree in Secondary Education.

    Coach Weinhold joins our cross country staff to add to our already-excellent team of experienced, knowledgeable coaches:  Mrs. Elizabeth Fruend, Miss Sarah Kortze, and Pastor James Uglum.  Coach Weinhold is excited to be back at LHS serving as his alma mater and is looking forward to developing relationships with our students and families as we grow and build on the solid foundation of former Coach Chris Mizel.  We look forward to Mr. Weinhold working with our cross country program!


  • LHS Hires Head Baseball Coach for 2017-18

    Lutheran High School is proud to announce the hiring of Mr. Andy Lueck as our head baseball coach for the 2017-2018 school year.

    Andy Lueck has served in a variety of coaching positions throughout the years. Andy started his coaching career in 2007 at LHS as the Assistant Varsity Basketball coach for his alma mater Lutheran High (5 years). Andy was the JV Baseball Head Coach for one year, and was an Assistant Baseball Coach for the St. Peters Legion Baseball team (6 years).  In 2007 he was named the Freshmen Basketball Coach at LHS and served in that role for 4 years and compiled a 48-17 record. That same year he became the Assistant Varsity Baseball Coach building the program alongside Coach Dennis Lueck for the past 9 seasons with a 149-80-1 record which included 3 District Championships, 6 Conference Championships and a 3rd Place finish in the MO Class 3 State Championships in 2015. In 2015 he received the MHSBCA Class 3 Assistant Coach of the Year award. Andy has also coached last 3 seasons as the JV Basketball Coach at LHS with a 34-37 record and has been an Assistant Baseball Coach with the Rawlings Xtreme High School Baseball Club.

    Andy attended Lutheran High St. Charles graduating in 2005. While attending Lutheran High St. Charles Andy was a member of the Baseball and Basketball teams. He served as the captain for the 2005 basketball team and the 2004 and 2005 baseball team. He set a few individual records that he still holds in both sports to this day. He was voted by his teammates and the coaches and was awarded the MVP for his Senior year in basketball and Junior and Senior year in baseball. In 2005, he was also selected “Gordon Bredow” Male Christian Athlete of the Year award. His Senior year basketball team set the wins record for a single season, which still holds firm today.  In HS, he played for the St. Peters Legion team and won a district championship during his playing career. Following Lutheran High Andy attended Lindenwood University where he earned a degree in Sports Management while playing baseball for 2 years.

    Coach Lueck  will continue his work with our veteran coaching staff:  Ron Millard (JV head coach) and Sam Weinhold (assistant varsity coach).  In addition to Coach Millard and Coach Weinhold, Coach Dennis Lueck, our long-time head baseball coach, will round out the staff.  Andy Lueck is excited to continue serving as his alma mater and is looking forward to building on our successful string of baseball seasons into next spring!