St. Stanislaus College recently named Zach Villarrubia as the head soccer coach replacing Danny Patton who had led the tradition-rich program for the last three seasons. Villarrubia has been the Saint Patrick girls head coach for the past two seasons.

Villarrubia is a native of Biloxi and graduated from Biloxi High School while also playing for Gulf Coast United. After graduation, he signed a soccer scholarship with Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

Following his freshman season at MGCCC, he was named All-Region XXIII and earned All-American honors after his sophomore season.

He continued his soccer career at Mississippi College before playing semi-professional soccer in the PDL and NPSL leagues.

After his playing career ended, Villarrubia returned to Mississippi and spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Holmes Community College where he also coached in the Mississippi Rush Soccer Club.

He returned to the coast two years ago when he accepted the head girls soccer coach job at Saint Patrick High School. He took over a program that had won just one game in 2017. He went 4-12-1 in 2018 and 13-7-1 in 2019 when he took the Lady Irish to the Class 1A-2A-3A South State soccer title game.

The appearance in the state semi-finals was the program's first appearance in the game.

Villarrubia holds a USSF National "C" license, as well as, a NSCAA Level 2 goalkeeping license. He earned his master's degree from Mississippi College and will be teaching in the science department at SSC.

Villarrubia takes over a program that has won nine state titles (1996-97, 2003-04, 2010, 2014-16, 2018). Patton managed a 50-16-6 overall record from 2017-19 with three Division 8-4A titles, three Class 4A South State appearances and one Class 4A state championship.

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