Coach Tessler is entering his seventh season with six playoff appearances and three rankings in the top 20 in PA. Since taking over, the program has seen two players win Bucks County Player of the Year and has had the most decorated team in the area for All Golden Team. In 2018, HGP was ranked 12th in the state.
Other accomplishments at HGP include having over 60 victories at HGP. Coached many players to go on and compete at D1, D3 and MCLA programs in college. In 2017, the program engineered the second largest win turnaround in the state. HGP has seen its first all-state player and Academic All American been awarded under Coach Tessler.
Nassau County Unsung Hero for Lacrosse
SJU Career Leader in Faceoffs
Co-Captain of Football and Lacrosse Team in HS, Two Time LI Champion in Football
Arriving from Long Island, coaching as a varsity assistant at his Alma Mater Bethpage HS where he also coached Viper Club Lacrosse. He was also a 4 year starter at Saint Joseph's University as a Face-Off Midfielder.
Currently working in Philadelphia School District as a Computer Science Teacher. He holds a Master's Degree in Education from Drexel University. He is married to Maureen with two children, Caroline and Brendan.
Varsity Assistant- Mark Whartenby
At HGP since 2011, JV head coach Mark Whartenby is also the Campus Minister at Holy Ghost Prep. He is an integral part of the community service projects at Holy Ghost Prep.
From 2001-2011, was head girls lacrosse coach at Conwell-Egan High School, earning Bucks County Coach of the Year in 2001 and 2004.
Mark graduated from Saint Joseph's in 1999 with BA in theology and holds masters of theology from La Salle University. A 1995 Archbishop Ryan graduate, Mark is married to Amanda, and they have three children: Grace, Andrew, and Claire.
Varsity Assistant- Fran Cattani
Cattani is entering his ninth season at HGP as the Defensive Coordinator and Goalie Coach. Coached at The Hun School and Peddie. Also started the Newtown Friends Program. Has been a vital part of the LBL Community for youth lacrosse.
He was a captain at Villanova University where he was a starting defenseman from 1975-1978, He is the Executive Board member of the Friends of Villanova Lacrosse Club.
He is married to Robin and they have one daughter, Gabrielle.
Varsity Assistant/JV Coach - Steve Keough
Keough is a graduate of Conwell-Egan High School, where he played soccer and lacrosse. He runs the substitution area for our varsity team. He runs the JV team as he continues to be a vital part of the program. He is now in his sixth year at Holy Ghost Prep.
All players, regardless of what grade they are in, get to try out for the Holy Ghost Prep varsity. Players will be placed on JV and varsity teams. The coaches do not cut anyone during the tryout process. Players can be moved up or down to JV or varsity as the season progresses.
All coaches are a part of the team formation and create a roster that best suits the player and the program.
Be on time to all practices and/or meetings. If you are going to be late or miss, YOU, not a teammate must notify your coach in advance at to why.
There will be no profanity/ “trash talking” at any time.
Possession and/or use of cigarettes is forbidden.
Possession and/or use of alcohol or any other drugs is forbidden.
Anyone placed on Disciplinary Probation will face steep consequences as a member of our program.
Anyone placed on Academic Probation (below 2.0 or F in one course) will not be able to participate in games for a time to be determined and possibly may also not be able to practice for a time to be determined.
For all games, players are expected to maintain the school dress code unless otherwise indicated by the coach. Blazers are to be worn when sitting as a group, overcoats or hoodies are not to be worn in gym. The code is in effect prior to the game and after the game. Players are not to be leaving the gym in uniform or dressed inappropriately.
For all away games team members are to ride on the team bus unless they receive permission from their coach to get to the game on their own.
For all away games team members must return on the team bus if they went to the game on the bus. Exception to this rule would be that you may go home from the game with your parent(s). If you intend to go home with someone other than a parent, you MUST get the athletic travel release form from the athletic director. You must get this form at least one day PRIOR to the game and return the signed form to the athletic director before leaving to go to the game.
On the night before a game or practice, you are to be in YOUR home by 11 PM. If anyone feels the need to be out at a later time or a different location, notify the coaching staff in advance. Do not let your actions effect the team in a negative manner.
If you miss a practice without notifying a coach, you may not be permitted to be a part of the team.
Players and parents will respect the coaches’ decision when it comes to playing time.
You are representing yourself, your family, your school. We have a proud tradition. Live up to it and act responsibly ON and OFF the field!!
The 2019 squad started off the season with a 1-8 record and then completed the largest turnaround in Pa. lacrosse, finishing 10-10. HGP qualified for districts and made it to the PIAA District 1 semifinal for the first time in school history. The team fell to eventual state champion Bishop Shanahan. Ben Morschauser was named all-state and the Bucks County Player of the Year. Goalie Zach May was named first-team Golden Team (the all-Bucks County team). Dan Kovacevich, Jack Mahony and Kaden Marotta were all named second Team All County Golden Team. HGP was the most decorated team in Bucks County. Senior defender Sam Summer took his talents to Division I program Marist College following the 2019 season.