BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Keith Robinson has been coaching for 35 years, 31 in the Mississippi Public Schools before he retired four years ago after leading the Pascagoula Panthers for six seasons.
The St. Martin High School graduate decided to take the head coaching job at St. Patrick and he has Fighting Irish basketball bouncing in the right direction, under the win column.
Robinson said, "I had all the kids when they were freshmen and they have just matured the last three for four years. Last year we won 18 games with most of them sophomores and juniors and this year they're juniors and seniors and we're off to a 9-0 start."
Senior guard Malik Pleasant runs the Fighting Irish offensive and defensive attack. He's netting 14 points and six assists and 3 steals a game.
"I play point guard so I get my teammates involved, "stated Pleasant. "I'm able to hit the open shot when it's there."
Daylen Johnson is bagging 16 points per game. The senior guard says head coach Keith Robinson has made a major impact on the St. Patrick basketball program.
Johnson said, "think when he first got here he taught us how to have the right attitude towards playing basketball and what team work is all about. I think its starting to show now that we're starting to win some games."
6-4 senior Sam Hopkins is the tough guy inside the paint. The senior center is netting 11 points and pulling down 13 rebounds per game. St. Patrick is a member of the Region 8-3A ranks and Hopkins believes the Fighting Irish should crack the state playoffs this season.
"We came pretty close last year, "said Hopkins. "We actually lost by two point in a game to determine whether or not we went to the playoffs. I think we have a strong chance this year to make it."
St. Patrick will travel to Hawaii, that's right Hawaii and will play in a Holiday Tournament beginning December 18th in Maui.