Meet the Athletic Staff

Director of Athletics

Tavis Laws

Tavis Laws comes to Madeira with over 10 years of coaching and athletic administration experience. Most recently he served as the Head Varsity Girls Basketball Coach, Head Varsity Girls Soccer Coach, and Director of Athletics and Physical Education at Congressional School in Falls Church.

During his tenure at Congressional, Laws was able to develop a championship caliber program that focused on educational athletics. He oversaw the addition of boys and girls lacrosse as an interscholastic sport for Congressional and developed one of the top middle school cross country meets in the metro area which included over 300 runners from 20 schools. He served as the President of the Capital Athletic Conference the last two years of his tenure. Prior to Congressional, Coach Laws spent time as an Assistant Athletic Director and Teacher at the Shady Hill School in Cambridge, MA. 

Coach Laws received a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management from Shepherd University and was a member of the baseball team. After graduating, he played in the professional arena football league.

Coach Laws has a passion for helping coaches and athletes strive for excellence and creating winning cultures with education-based athletics, where everyone matters.

“It is with great pleasure that I begin to serve the students and community at The Madeira School. I am truly grateful and humbled to have the opportunity to lead Madeira Athletics into the next charter of success. I believe that athletic fields and courts are the greatness classroom and teaches life lessons that are invaluable. The Madeira School has a rich history of academic and athletic excellence and it that my hope to continue to launch women who change the world. Go Snails!”

Assistant Director of Athletics

Ka'Shauna Cook

Ka'Shauna Cook comes to Madeira after receiving her Bachelors of Arts in Business Marketing at West Virginia State University and her Masters of Art in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University. While receiving her Masters, Ka'Shauna served as a head coach for the Germantown Lady Panthers organization and the Varsity Head Coach at Col. Zadok Magruder High School. During her tenured at Magruder, Ka'Shauna received Montgomery County 3A Coach of the Year and led the Colonels to their second regional finals appearance in the last decade. Ka'Shauna is passionate about helping female athletes develop a strong educational foundation while pursuing their athletic endeavors. 

Athletic Trainer

Jon DiCandilo

Jon DiCandilo comes to The Madeira School with 20 years experience educating others in fitness and health. Jon is a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). Most recently, Jon worked in Japan for three years with a professional men's basketball team as their strength coach. Prior to that, Jon was the Head Athletic Trainer at The Hill School in Pennsylvania. Jon has spent over 15 years of his career working with high school athletes. Both of Jon's previous roles provided him with a strong understanding in athletes development and best practices to return to sport concluding injuries. Jon loves working with students in their life long pursuits of learning.