“I think for a lot of players it is a dream to coach the same program that they played for,” new Varsity men’s lacrosse head coach Whit Tegenkamp said.
He currently coaches all year round for Lou Fusz, while also working as a pricing analyst at Anheuser-Busch InBev.
“My coaches all had a profound impact on my life both on and off of the field and I think the idea of giving high schoolers that same experience is very rewarding,” Whit said.
Tegenkamp went to school in Webster from K-12; in that time he played for seven years for the WG Lacrosse Club and in his senior year he was an all-American, which is where Missouri elects the top five performers from every season. He was also a member of the STL Post Dispatch’s All-Decade third team as a defenseman from 2010 to 2020, meaning that he was voted as a top-nine player from Missouri.
Following high school, he played NCAA Division ll Lacrosse at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, where he graduated with a degree in economics. Now, Tegenkamp plays for the semi-professional box lacrosse team here in St. Louis: the Missouri Mastodons.
Last season before coming to Webster, Tegenkamp was a defensive coordinator at Marquette High School while also having coached Lou Fusz junior/senior boys lacrosse for the past two years as well.
Tegenkamp said, “I chose Webster because I am actually a WGHS graduate (class of 2017). 5/6 of the coaches I brought onto my staff are also WG grads.
His brother Will, who started last year as offensive coordinator for Varsity, is also a Webster graduate. “What I’m looking forward to the most is creating a culture around our sport and bringing the enjoyment back.”
Will said how he feels that his brother Whit will bring the team a lot of value with his experience and dedication to the sport.
“Looking back, we had some really good teams in my four years at WG, and I am very motivated to want to bring my alma mater back to that competitive level.” Whit said.
“I think that we will get back to a grittier tougher version of the sport. Win, lose, or draw I want to have our team working the other team. I also want to share my mentality with the boys, that we could win against anyone in any given game. 1st place or last place, I want other teams to be scared to play us.”
This will be Arianna Peper’s first year on ECHO staff. She made several contributions while taking journalism class her freshman year.