St. Patrick announces Eddie Burger as new athletic director

Mr. Matt Buckley is excited to announce that Mr. Eddie Burger has been named Athletic Director for St. Patrick Catholic High School.  During his seven years at St. Patrick, Burger has served as a member of the maintenance department, teacher, basketball coach, football coach, baseball coach and assistant athletic director.

Burger began leading the Fighting Irish Baseball Program in 2013 as head coach.  Under his guidance, the Fighting Irish have advanced to the state playoffs for three consecutive years, with their best year coming in 2016 where they posted an 18-9 record and advanced to the third round of the state playoffs.

Mr. Buckley, principal of St. Patrick, states, “I look forward to working alongside Eddie in this new capacity.  I am extremely confident in the experience and expertise that he will bring to his new position in leading our world-class comprehensive athletic program.”


Burger is a 2002 graduate from Long Beach High School.  While at Long Beach, Burger was a two-sport letterman before earning a baseball scholarship to the University of Southern Mississippi.  Burger graduated from USM in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in Coaching and Sports Administration.  In 2008, he was named Director of Baseball Operations for the Golden Eagles.  He served in this position until 2009, when he graduated with a master’s degree in Sports Management.

Upon graduating from Southern Miss in 2009, Burger accepted an assistant coaching position at Pearl River Community College in Poplarville, MS.  Burger spent one year under Head Coach Jamie McMahon serving in a variety of roles and helping lead the Wildcats to the MACJC Tournament.

Burger is married to the former Emily Gadihle of Birmingham, AL, and they have twin sons, Mason and Maddox.

Burger says, “I am extremely humbled and honored about the opportunity to lead the St. Patrick athletic program. This has been a dream of mine since stepping on campus in 2010. I firmly believe that St. Patrick’s finest days are ahead of us, and I am excited that I will have a chance to aid Mr. Buckley in continuing St. Patrick’s tradition of excellence as the premier school in South Mississippi.”