Department Staff

Jill Harter

Jill Jokerst-Harter
Director of Athletics and Adjunct Instructor
314.446.8346
jill.harter@stlcop.edu 

2013-14 marks the tenth year at the helm of the Athletics, Fitness and Recreation Department for Harter, who was presented the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (KIAC) Athletic Director of the Year award in 2010 after completing a two-year term as president of the conference. During her presidency, Harter was instrumental in implementing conference strategic plans, including redefining the conference and evaluating operations.

No stranger to sports, Harter developed and coached the field hockey team at Lindenwood University for three seasons, earning KIT Conference Coach of the Year honors during her three-year tenure. As a student-athlete, she competed as a Saint Louis University Billiken on the women's field hockey team and still is among record holders for single season and career statistics.  

In her spare time, Harter enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, and playing ice hockey, softball, and cycling.

Briana Hepfinger

Briana Hepfinger
Sports Information Director
314.446.8348
briana.hepfinger@stlcop.edu

After taking time off from full-time duties to have two wonderful little girls, Hepfinger, former STLCOP athletic director (1998-2003) and assistant cross country coach (2005, 06), returned in 2007 as a part-time assistant and has continued in that role for six years. This fall will be her second year as SID.

Hepfinger competed on the women's track team at Truman State University where she earned her degree in communications/journalism in 1995. She went on to help coach the track team at Eastern Illinois University while completing her master's degree in athletic administration in 1997. Her track coaching experience also includes stints at McKendree College and Webster Groves High School.

Hepfinger, her husband Joe, and two daughters live in Webster Groves and enjoy golf and tennis in their free time.

Ashley

Ashley Eldridge    
Head Women's Basketball Coach
314.922.1091
Ashley_Eldridge@gbtpa.com

In 2013, Eldridge will begin her tenth year at STLCOP and return as head coach of the women's basketball team. In her own collegiate career, she competed against the Eutectics as a Maryville University Saint. Eldridge began her career in basketball by competing on the AAU Lady Blue Devils basketball team. Her skill and leadership on the court earned her Rookie of the Year honors at both Rosary High School and Maryville University. As a starting point guard, she helped the Maryville Saints advance to conference championship titles in 2004 and 2005.

 

 Brian Swift

Brian Swift
Head Men's Basketball Coach
314.807.1903
stlswifthits1@aol.com

2013-14 will mark Swift's tenth season as head coach of the STLCOP men's basketball team and his twelfth year with the Eutectics.

Swift's prior experience includes five years as head basketball coach of a local youth league team and six years coaching football at Kirkwood High School, as well as six years coaching select Little League Baseball. His first collegiate opportunity was at Forest Park, and he went on to assist at East Central Community College in Union, Mo., during the 2001–02 season before joining STLCOP's athletic department as assistant men's basketball coach in 2003.

Swift has enjoyed coaching and watching his two teenage sons participate in sports over the years. An all-around sports fan, he also finds time to attend professional sporting events with his sons.

Brian Brown

Brian Brown
Assistant Men's Basketball Coach
314.446.8347
brian.brown@stlcop.edu

Brown joined the St. Louis College of Pharmacy Eutectic program this fall. With bachelors and masters degrees in Sports Medicine from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and Logan University, Brown comes with proven expertise in motivating students to achieve their highest potential. The Eutectic team will benefit from his experience as athletic director and girls basketball coach at St. Louis Public Schools as well as head basketball coach at McKinley Classical Leadership Academy. 

Adam

Adam Thalla
Assistant Men's Basketball Coach
314.446.8347
adam.thalla@stlcop.edu

Thalla finished his college basketball career as a Eutectic in 2012. As a sixth-year pharmacy student, he returns to the Eutectic squad for his second year in a coaching role.

During the 2011-12 season, his fourth year as a Eutectic, Thalla's dominant presence on the court as a starting guard helped guide the team to success. The team leader in assists, he made the KIAC individual statistical category rankings for total assists and assists per game. At the end of the season, Coach Swift presented Thalla with the Outstanding Achievement Award and asked him to return as Eutectic assistant coach.

 Randi Tyler 

Randi Tyler
Women's Head Volleyball Coach
618.660.6181
randi.tyler@yahoo.com 

2013 will be Tyler's sixth season leading the Eutectics. A graduate of the Missouri Baptist squad, Tyler was team captain and a top Midwest Classic Conference middle hitter. Her coaching experience includes Team Saint Louis Volleyball Club, where her team qualified and boasted high finishes at Nationals.

Tyler recently graduated from Logan Chiropractic College this fall. She coaches and plays volleyball in her free time.

 Katie Payne  

Katie Payne
Administrative Assistant for Athletics, Women's Head Softball Coach, and Women's Assistant Volleyball Coach
314.446.8343
katie.e.payne@stlcop.edu

Payne begins her second year as part-time assistant in the athletic office this fall, while continuing her role as assistant volleyball coach for her fourth season. This spring, she will head up STLCOP's softball team for a second season.

In college, Payne captained the volleyball and softball teams during her senior year at Dominican University before graduating in 2006 with a degree in graphic design and photography.

In addition to her duties at STLCOP, Payne also works part-time as a graphic designer for The Tan Company and enjoys spending time with her husband, three-year-old son and 3 month old daughter.

David

David Baker
Men's & Women's Cross Country and Track & Field Head Coach
314.323.0009
david.baker@stlcop.edu

Baker began the cross country program at St. Louis College of Pharmacy in 2001. Last spring, he led the women's track team to a second-place finish in the conference, earning 2013 KIAC "Track and Field Women's Coach of the Year" for his efforts. In 2009, he earned KIAC "Cross Country Coach of the Year" honors for coaching the Eutectic women's team to it's first-ever conference championship and NAIA national championship team qualification.

For the past several years, Baker has had individual athletes qualify for nationals in both cross country and track, including two track and field All-Americans: David J. Baker (no relation) in 2011 and 2012, and Jordan Robertson in 2013.

Prior to coaching at STLCOP, Baker spent seven years as the boys' and girls' distance coach at Parkway North High School in suburban St. Louis. While there, he coached three state champions, several All-State individual runners, and two state-qualifying girls' teams.

Baker earned his Bachelor of Science degree in medical technology in 1994 at Southeast Missouri State University. From 1988-91, he competed on the track and cross country teams at Southeast where he was a three-time national qualifier in cross country and helped his team to a third place finish at the 1990 NCAA Division II national championship. Baker earned All-Conference honors in cross country in 1991 and the Most Valuable Runner award for the Southeast Missouri State University team in 1991.

Baker earned his MBA from Webster University and is currently the blood bank supervisor at St. Louis Children's Hospital. He and his wife live in Kirkwood with their four children.

Meghan 

Meghan Wallace
Assistant Men's & Women's Cross Country and Track & Field Coach  
913.485.1476
meghan.wallace@stlcop.edu

Wallace is returning for her third season as assistant coach of the Eutectics track and cross country teams. Now a marathon runner, she competed in cross country and track at Immaculata High school in Leavenworth, Mo. In college, she joined the rowing team at St. Louis University, and later worked as a high school rowing coach at the St. Louis Rowing Club.

Wallace earned her bachelor’s degree in clinical laboratory science at St. Louis University and currently works full-time as a medical technologist at nearby St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

 Caleb Barnes

Caleb Barnes
Head Men's & Women's Tennis Coach and Intramurals Supervisor                                                                            
314.446.8344
caleb.barnes@stlcop.edu

Barnes joined STLCOP in 2011 to develop the newly formed Eutectic tennis teams and oversee the College's intramurals program.

As a certified tennis professional, Barnes worked closely with renowned tennis pro Dr. Sophie Woorons-Johnston at her South Carolina tennis facility, learning the ins and outs of running a successful tennis club.

Barnes attended Erskine College in South Carolina where he earned his degree in Physical Education.  As captain of Erskine's team for three years, he played #2 singles and #1 doubles, earned a spot on the All-Conference Team and received Academic All-Conference honors. He also holds the distinction of being the first and only player to receive the ODK Service Award.

Barnes and his wife, Kateryna, have settled into life in St. Louis and become a complete coaching duo for the STLCOP tennis team.

Kateryna

Kateryna Barnes
Assistant Men's & Women's Tennis Coach
314.446.8344
kateryna.barnes@stlcop.edu

Barnes has developed a passion for sport-specific fitness through various experiences. She ran cross country and track at Erskine College while earning a degree in Psychology. Her passion for tennis developed in college and through running junior tennis camps at Brookstone Meadows Tennis.

2013-14 is Barnes' second year as assistant coach for the men's and women's Eutectic tennis teams. With her deep knowledge of tennis and her extensive research in strength and conditioning, she keeps the Eutectic teams strong mentally and physically so they are ready for competition.