CAMPUS LIFE

“With a chapel at the very heart of the campus, St. Patrick fosters spiritual growth while providing a challenging college preparatory environment which emphasizes academic excellence. Personal and social growth is further encouraged through an abundance of extracurricular activities with an emphasis on athletics. It has been an absolute joy to watch our children grow and develop as Fighting Irish!”

– Johnny Olsen, Parent

Supporting champions

The St. Patrick Fighting Irish athletic program offers the opportunity for those interested students to be members of several interscholastic athletic programs offered at the school. Evidenced by 37 State Championships, these programs have experienced much success due to the dedicated efforts of the students and coaches, who together have worked toward the goal of making their teams and themselves as excellent as possible.  

St. Patrick Catholic High School is a member of the Mississippi High School Activities Association. Our athletic program 

 

includes competition in the following varsity sports, as well as some junior varsity, freshman, and junior high teams.

We offer the following athletic programs.  Many sports are offered at the junior high, junior varsity, and varsity levels.  
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Director: Bill Lee

Practice is typically held before school and during first period. The Pride of St. Patrick Band competes throughout the year and at various sporting events.

Varsity Baseball

Head Coach: Eddie Burger

Assistant Coach: Mike Odenwald

Season officially starts end of January and practices take place every day after school except for on games days. Transportation is provided to and from games.

Junior High Baseball

Head Coach: Mike Odenwald

Season officially starts end of January and practices take place every day after school except for on games days. Transportation is provided to and from games.

Varsity Boys Basketball

Head Coach: Keith Robinson

Both the Junior Varsity and Varsity teams practice during first period. The Varsity team practices after school on non-playing days. Games are usually on Tuesday and Friday nights, and there are few weekend games. Bus transportation is provided to and from games. Players are allowed to ride home with parents after games with proper check out procedure.

Varsity Girls Basketball

Head Coach: Dave Gaunce

Both Junior High and Varsity teams have an athletic period for practice. Season begins the first week of November. St. Patrick has Junior High (seventh and eighth grade), Junior Varsity and Varsity teams. Transportation is provided to and from games.

Junior Varsity Boys Basketball

Head Coach: Keith Robinson

Both the Junior Varsity and Varsity teams practice during first period. The Varsity team practices after school on non-playing days. Games are usually on Tuesday and Friday nights, and there are few weekend games. Bus transportation is provided to and from games. Players are allowed to ride home with parents after games with proper check out procedure

Junior High Boys Basketball

Head Coach: Finley Hewes

The Junior High Boys Basketball program is open to all seventh and eighth grade boys. The season typically begins in November, and practices are held during seventh period. Transportation is provided to all away games, but parents are responsible for transportation home from those games.

Junior High Girls Basketball

Head Coach: Dave Gaunce

Both Junior High and Varsity teams have an athletic period for practice. Season begins the first week of November. St. Patrick has Junior High (seventh and eighth grade), Junior Varsity and Varsity teams. Transportation is provided to and from games.

Varsity Cheer

Coach: Jamie Hebert

Season begins in late February/early March and continues for a full calendar year. Practices vary on the time of the year, but maintain a minimum of one practice a week held at the conclusion on school. Cheer teams attend all football games and all home basketball games. Transportation is provided by the school for away games. Cheer camp is mandatory and is held in the summer (typically June) for 4-5 days off campus.

Junior High Cheer

Head Coach: Jamie Hebert

Assistant Coach: Kaitlyn Norton

Season begins in late February/early March and continues for a full calendar year. Practices vary on the time of the year, but maintain a minimum of one practice a week held at the conclusion on school. Cheer teams attend all football games and all home basketball games. Transportation is provided by the school for away games. Cheer camp is mandatory and is held in the summer (typically June) for 4-5 days off campus.

Cross Country

Head Coach: Tim McDaniel

Assistant Coaches: Bryan Leatherman

Practices begin in June. Once school begins in August, team practices from  3:20 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. On Monday and Wednesday night (6:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.), the team meets at the St. Patrick track for Speed Sessions. On Saturday, a long run is completed as a team in Ocean Springs. Junior High and Varsity teams practice together.
The first race will typically happen around Labor Day weekend, and every athlete on the team runs weekly races every Saturday. Transportation to local races (Gulf Coast Region) is not provided for Saturday races. However, Bus transportation is provided for races that require athletes to be released early from school, or for meets that are significantly far away.

Dance

Coach: Jessica Peters

Tryouts take place in April and season is year-round. The team practices 2-3 times per week for two hours, and dancers must attend all home and away varsity football games. School transportation is provided for all away football games.

During the summer, dancers must attend a 3-day camp to prepare for the season.

Varsity Football

Head Coach: Jim Bloomfield

Assistant Coaches:Dave Gaunce, Stan Dellenger, Kim Letort, Doug Petersen, Aaron Hommell

The Varsity team consists of players in the ninth through twelfth grade. Football practice begins at the end of July, and the first game is typically in mid-August. Practice is daily from 3:30 to 6 p.m.prior to the first game. Players prepare throughout the year during specific class periods with strength training and speed development. Weight lifting also takes place daily Mondaythrough Thursday from 3-4 p.m. Transportation is provided to and from all away games for players. Parents are responsible to provide transportation after practice and weight workouts. There will be 15 days of spring football starting the last week of April.

Junior High Football

Head Coach: Doug Petersen

Assistant Coach:Mike Odenwald

Practices typically begin in July (2-3 per week) and the season starts in late August. Practices take place during seventh period and extend until 4 p.m. every day except game day during the week. Bus transportation is provided to and from games.

Boys

Head Coach: Don Lawson

 Mandatory practice takes place Monday through Thursday after school until 4:30, after which the players are encouraged to practice and play more on their own. Parents and players are responsible for providing transportation to and from all practices and tournaments.

Girls

Head Coach: Diana Punzo

Team will compete in several major 18-hole tournaments along the Gulf Coast, and several 9-hole practice tournaments. Practice takes place after school until 4:30, after which the players are encouraged to practice and play more on their own. Parents and players are responsible for providing transportation to and from all practices and tournaments.

Varsity Boys Soccer

Head Coach: Mario Camps

Season typically begins in October, and the team practices every day except Fridays. Transportation is provided to all the games except for tournaments.

Varsity Girls Soccer

Head Coach: Zach Villarrubia

Practice begins in October, and the first game is typically held in the beginning of November. Practices take place every day except Friday unless there is a game. Transportation is provide to and from games.

Junior Varsity Boys Soccer

Head Coach: Mario Camps

Season typically begins in October, and the team practices every day except Fridays. Transportation is provided to all the games except for tournaments.

Junior Varsity Girls Soccer

Head Coach: Zach Villarrubia

Practice begins in October, and the first game is typically held in the beginning of November. Practices take place every day except Friday unless there is a game. Transportation is provide to and from games.

Junior High Boys Soccer

Head Coach: EJ Croal

Junior High Girls Soccer

Head Coach: Angela McClure

Assistant Coach: Jim Thriffiley

Softball

Head Coach: Dee Blakeney

Assistant Coach: Bryttni Mitchell

Season officially starts end of January and practices take place every day after school except for on games days.

Swim

Head Coach: Beth McMackin

The Swim Team normally practices every day after school from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Biloxi Natatorium from August 1 through October 31. Bus transportation to practice is available.

Tennis

Head Coach: Zach Villarrubia

Assistant Coach: Matt D’Angelo

Tennis practice begins at the end of January. The season typically starts at the end of February. The team practices and plays at Bayou Bluff in Gulfport. Transportation is available to and from matches.

Track and Field

Head Coach: Stan Dellenger

Assistant Coaches: Tim McDaniel, Bryan Leatherman, Greg Patino

Varsity practices take place Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 3:25 until 5 p.m., and Junior High team practices Tuesday and Thursday from 3:25 until 4:30 p.m. Transportation is available to and from meets.

When students sign up to participate in Track & Field, they will receive a team packet that should be read by the student and parents and students will need to return a signed waiver prior to the first practice.

Tim McDaniel will be coaching the distance runners and distance relays.

Volleyball

Head Coach: Allison Gruich

Season begins approximately the second week in August and runs through the beginning of October. Practice takes place during school and after school 2-3 times a week from 3-5:30 p.m. Games are typically twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday. Transportation is provided to and from games.

St. Patrick Catholic High School also offers a state-of-the-art facility showcasing drama productions, music, and the arts. The auditorium includes stadium seating and a large cinema-sized drop-down screen. Also included are dressing rooms which have easy access to a backstage area which includes spacious work areas for creating and storing props. The band hall has excellent acoustics and high ceilings to enhance the sound of practices. There are two art classrooms accommodating the different art mediums including a kiln and pottery room. The journalism and photography classes have a classroom lab to work on school publications.

St. Patrick Catholic High School’s band program offers instruction on traditional band instruments and includes a marching, concert, and jazz band. The band provides music at school functions, such as pep rallies, athletic events, and seasonal music productions. The St. Patrick flag team, dance team, and cheerleaders also perform at various school events.

Listed below are the extracurricular clubs and activities offered at St. Patrick Catholic High School.

  • Arts and Crafts Club
  • Band
  • Campus Ministry
  • Chess Club
  • Choir
  • Drama Guild
  • English Honor Society
  • eSports
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  • French Club
  • French Honor Society
  • Interact Club
  • Journalism
  • Key Club
  • MathCounts
  • Mock Trial
  • Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society
  • National Art Honor Society
  • National Honor Society
  • National Junior Honor Society
  • Quiz Bowl
  • Robotics
  • Sailing
  • Science Club
  • Science Olympiad
  • Spanish Club
  • Spanish Honor Society
  • Students Against Destructive Decisions
  • Student Council
  • Students for Life
  • Youth in Government