Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 1/1/20
Spring-Ford High graduate and current Pope John Paul II head field hockey coach Lexi Versak has been named the new head girls’ lacrosse coach at PJP.
A three-year starter in field hockey at West Chester University (2012-14), Versak inherits a lax program that experienced substantial success during Maureen Burger’s seven-year tenure.
Under Burger, the Golden Panthers finished 8-10 (7-6 PAC) in 2019 on the heels of two consecutive years that produced PAC Frontier Division titles and District 1 playoff appearances.
Versak, whose inaugural campaign as PJP field hockey coach ended this past fall with a 6-4 PAC Frontier mark (8-10 overall), should have a strong lax cast returning from last season including All-PAC Frontier Division performers Kallan Bustynowicz (Jr., Attack), Maeve Riley (Sr., Defense), Rory Nilsen (Jr., Attack) and Julia McLaughlin (Sr., Midfielder).
According to the PJP press release announcing the appointment, Versak’s coaching philosophy centers on progress and growth in all areas for the athletes, from physical and mental strength, to expanding strategic (field hockey and lacrosse) knowledge while maintaining a positive attitude.
Also, Coach Versak sees being a part of the PJP family as “an opportunity to fulfill an ambition to serve as a head coach and build a stable program, making a difference in the lives of our students on the field of play, in the classroom.”