Senior Sam Revercomb has the second-most goals in the Kanawha Valley with 34, but it has been his leadership along with the other upperclassmen that has made the difference.
"The senior class, they're all a little bit different,'' Fox said. "Many of them started last year and some even as sophomores. I knew that they were good soccer players. It was a matter of how they were going to fit as leaders on the team. That was the big question mark coming into the season for me.''
There are no questions now.
"They lead a little bit different, but I think they're just as effective,'' said Fox. "Those guys last year were more like coaches on the field. They said a lot of things last year I didn't have to.
"This year the leaders are a little more quiet and they lead more through their actions. There have been some times when the seniors stepped up when we faced adversity and they took control.''
No team has won four titles in a row since the boys state tournament began in 1988, but Fox said he believes the Irish are taking the right approach. Buckhannon-Upshur is the only other school to win three straight championships (1993-95).
"Almost every practice this year has been loose,'' said the Catholic coach, whose school has won all but one of the state titles contested since the tournament was split from one division to two in 2008. "We haven't had any practices where I thought the boys were wound too tight. That's a good thing.
"I think they all enjoy soccer and when you enjoy it as much as they do you're able to have fun when you practice and play. The pressure is not there. I think that is good when you can practice and play good under those conditions.''