Boys Basketball



Varsity Head Coach | GJ Kissal '91

When G.J. Kissal ’91 became Our Lady of Good Counsel’s boys basketball coach in 2016, he did so with an eye on returning the program to the success it once enjoyed. He is well on his way.

During the 2019-20 season, Kissal led the Falcons to a record of 19-12 and 12-8 in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference. It was their first league and overall winning season in 10 years. The Falcons finished in the upper half of the WCAC, widely regarded as the finest boys high school basketball conference in the country.

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Roster

# Name Position Class
Antonio Avery F 2023
Jackson Bahumian G/F 2023
Jordan Brathwaite G 2024
Justin Bumbray G 2024
Corey Chesley G 2023
Sebastian Dokum F 2023
Rieco Hellams G 2023
Morris Henry G 2022
Terrence Lancaster G 2023
Elijah Moore F 2024
Jacob Noorani G 2022
Philip Olson F 2022
Shane Pendergrass F 2025
Kyle Pulliam G 2022
Kayden Tuffour G/F 2023
Dylan Williamson G 2022


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When G.J. Kissal ’91 became Our Lady of Good Counsel’s boys basketball coach in 2016, he did so with an eye on returning the program to the success it once enjoyed. He is well on his way.

During the 2019-20 season, Kissal led the Falcons to a record of 19-12 and 12-8 in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference. It was their first league and overall winning season in 10 years. The Falcons finished in the upper half of the WCAC, widely regarded as the finest boys high school basketball conference in the country.

The year was highlighted by Good Counsel defeating The Washington Post’s No. 1 team for the first time in 20 years. Bez Mbeng became the first Falcon named first-team All-WCAC since 2004.

In the shortened 2020-21 season, Antoine Jacks became the program’s first player in 10 years to get a Division I basketball scholarship. He is attending Fairleigh-Dickinson University.

Kissal, entering his 27th season as a coach, came to Good Counsel after a successful four-year (2012-16) head-coaching run at Clarksburg (Md.) High School. In his first year, his team was one of just three schools to defeat state finalist Magruder. In 2014 and ’16, he guided the Coyotes to the first two sectional championships and regional finals in school history.

Clarksburg finished 20-5 in 2013-14 and won the Maryland 4A West Sectional before advancing to the 4A West Region final. The Coyotes (17-9) did the same in 2015-16. En route to both titles, they beat the top seed on the road.

Andrew Kostecka in 2016 was named honorable mention All-Met and played in the Capital Classic. He earned first-team All-Patriot League honors as a junior and senior at Loyola University Maryland. In 2020-21, he played professionally in Israel.

After serving as head JV coach at Rockville (Md.) High in 2006-07, Kissal was the Rams’ head coach the next five seasons. This followed stints as an assistant at Bullis (2004-06) and McNamara (2002-04).

Kissal was an assistant coach under Mike Lonergan at Catholic University when the Cardinals won the 2001 NCAA Division III National Championship. Catholic (28-5) captured the Capital Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament titles and featured three players who would eventually be named All-American: Pat Maloney, Matt Hilleary and Good Counsel graduate Will Morley ’00.

The following season, the Cardinals (26-3) again won the CAC regular-season and tournament championships. During Kissal’s two years, Catholic was 54-8 (.871).

Kissal began his coaching career at Good Counsel in 1995 as an assistant JV coach under the school’s current athletic director, Steve Howes. He remained for five years. The Falcons, led by Coach Joe McCall, were one of the top teams in the Washington area.

As a varsity assistant and head JV coach in 1998-99, Kissal helped Good Counsel soar to No. 1 and finish with a school-record 29 wins. The squad featured two future pros: Chris Monroe, who played in Europe, and 10-year NBA veteran Roger Mason. The Falcons won the WCAC North Division title. USA Today, in its final national poll, ranked them 19th.

Kissal played varsity basketball for Good Counsel as a senior in 1990-91. The team finished 24-8. He and Howes were teammates that year and later coached together at Catholic.

After playing one year at Allentown (Pa.) College, Kissal transferred to the University of Maryland. In 2001, he earned a bachelor of science degree in kinesiology. He added a 2007 master’s of education with a specialty in science from George Washington University. In addition to his coaching duties, he teaches science at Good Counsel.

Kissal started the Xaverian Classic in 2018 and hosts a basketball camp each summer.

Born in Boston, Kissal grew up around the country. His late father, Basil, was a Greek Orthodox priest and served as athletic director and head basketball coach at Hellenic College in Brookline, Mass. From 1970-75, he worked in marketing and promotions for the Boston Celtics. In 1973-74, the Celtics won the NBA championship.

Kissal and his wife, Sherry, live in Clarksburg with their son, Vasilios, and daughter, Alexandra.