Copeland Hired To Lead Swimming Program

St. Patrick has hired Colton Copeland to lead the St. Patrick Swim team in 2021-22. Copeland brings more than seven years of coaching experience to St. Patrick.

Born and raised on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Copeland began swimming recreationally at a young age. He swam competitively for four years during high school.

After graduating from Biloxi High School, where he swam competitively, Copeland attended Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, where he received his Associate’s Degree in early 2013. He is currently working on his Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Marine Biology at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Copeland began lifeguarding part-time and teaching water safety classes over the summer of 2013, which led to him finding a passion for coaching the upcoming generations. He began coaching summer league in 2014 and later moving on to become a coach for Biloxi Elite Swim Team in 2016, where he continues to coach the developmental groups.

“I’m excited to start this next step in my coaching career and hope to help St. Patrick High School’s swim team to grow and succeed in the upcoming season,” said Copeland.



St. Patrick Catholic High School is a faith-based, college preparatory high school in Biloxi, Mississippi. Established in 2007, St. Patrick strives each day to Educate Scholars, Train Disciples, and Support Champions. St. Patrick is proud to report a 100% college matriculation rate, ACT and SAT scores that far exceed the state and national averages, and a rich history of Catholic education founded in the traditional roots of our legacy schools of St. John High School, Mercy Cross High School, Notre Dame High School, and Sacred Heart Academy. In 2019, St. Patrick was named a Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.