The volunteers who make this happen.

Director of Mathematics, Puzzles, and Games


Dr. Steven Clontz, Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the University of South Alabama, has been an active puzzle competitor and designer since 2009. In addition to Dr. Clontz’s work with MaPP, his credits include several general audience puzzle events across the United States. As director of MaPP, Dr. Clontz oversees the design of quality mathematical puzzle events for middle and high school students.

You can follow Dr. Clontz on Twitter @StevenXClontz or visit his website at He may be emailed at

Associate Director of Communications


Dr. Braxton Carrigan, Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Southern Connecticut State University, established the world’s first mathematical puzzlehunt competition, the A.M.P.’d Challenge, at Auburn University in 2012. Dr. Carrigan has traveled the world promoting mathematics through puzzles, including serving several mathematics camps in Australia. As communications director, Dr. Carrigan coordinates our local volunteers across the country and represents our work on this website and our newsletters. Dr. Carrigan also leads our recruitment effort to encourage new campuses to host our mathematical puzzle experiences.

You can contact Dr. Carrigan by email at

Associate Director of Development

Dr. PJ Couch, Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Lamar University, established the Lamar Mathematical Puzzlehunt in 2015, which served as the pilot event for MaPP’s High School Challenge. Dr. Couch also sponsored the first MaPP Middle School Challenge at Lamar University. As development director, Dr. Couch supports campuses new to sponsoring MaPP events, helping them appropriate resources and work with their stakeholders to bring mathematical puzzle experiences to young people in their communities.

You can contact Dr. Couch by email at or visit his website at

Assistant Director of High School Challenge

Dr. Zachary Sarver serves as the game designer for MaPP’s annual High School Challenge events.

Other Volunteers

There’s no way MaPP could function with just the work of our national volunteers. We rely on our enthusiastic network of program-specific volunteers who create our games and puzzles, and campus organizers who coordinate our events across the country.

To learn more about these people, visit our Programs and Campuses pages.