St. Charles Catholic football coach prepping team for hopeful Superdome return

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LAPLACE, La. (WGNO) -- Football is a way of life for St. Charles Catholic head coach Frank Monica. He's coached for 46 years. He doesn't have any plans of retiring anytime soon.

"In 33 years, because then I'll be 100 (years old)," said Coach Monica.

He won his first state championship as a head coach nearly 40 years ago, in 1978 with Lutcher High School. Most recently, he won another title in 2011 with the Comets

"I'm just hoping that we'll get back to the Superdome this time. Not in the dark suit, but on the field," Coach Monica said.

Yet, he's not too optimistic about this year's team.

"I don't think we have a Superdome team. I think it's a team that's going to come on at the end. Because we're so young, but I think we're going to have some bumps and bruises getting there," he said.

The first step of getting there is 7 on 7 summer football games St. Charles Catholic hosts on Wednesdays.

"I was worried the last two weeks; I don't know if we'll be able to break the huddle. But today, we took a big step forward. We played some real good teams, and our players got better from the standpoint of knowing what to do," he said.

That's what's driven Monica all these years. The passion for teaching during practices without the pressure of success.

"The rewarding part comes when you teach a kid something on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. On Friday night, you see him do it, and you see the expression on their face. My favorite expression is "execution fuels emotion". When you see kids execute, and you see people jubilant on the sideline, I think that's what it's all about," he said.

Monica said he's never worked a day in his life.

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