BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Two days after his Fighting Irish captured the Class 1A-2A-3A State Soccer Championship for the second time in the last three years, St. Patrick head coach Mario Camps was at home on Monday relaxing.
The thrill of victory is still there after his Fighting Irish defeated Southeast Lauderdale 2-1 in the title game. Luke Seichnaydre and Michael Escobar netted the goals.
Camps has proven over the past 20 years, that he's one of the top coaches in the state. The Fighting Irish closed out another super season posting a 15-5 and 1 record.
"It's quite an accomplishment, "stated Camps. "It takes years and consistency to have a philosophy of the game for the players to understand what you're trying to accomplish. As long as I've been with the diocese and St. Patrick, the players see that. The kids see that, brings a sense of security, not that they're learning something new. Pretty much they are growing, they understand the philosophy of what we want to accomplish from junior high, all the way to varsity high school."
Camps will lose three starters from his 2016 State Championship team, but returns key players including Eiland Stebly and Tyler Musial, two of his top scorers.
Saturday's state championship gives coach Camps four State Championship trophies.
He led Mercy Cross to a pair of state titles before Mercy Cross merged with St. John to become St. Patrick.