Anthony Mampieri was in a deep sleep when his wife Leeanne shook him awake last Saturday morning.

Anthony Mampieri was in a deep sleep when his wife Leeanne shook him awake last Saturday morning.

"Honey, it's time," she said.

Trying to clear his thoughts, Mampieri sat up, more than a little confused.

As coach of the St. Charles Preparatory School golf team, he thought he had overslept for his team's tee time on the second day of the Division I state tournament.

If only it was something that simple.

Leeanne was telling her husband that it was time to go to the hospital; their unborn son had decided to join the family a month early.

"I was like, ... what? So, I got ready quickly and took off for the hospital," Mampieri said. "But that wasn't easy because we weren't expecting this for another month."

But that didn't mean the 3 a.m. wake-up call was not hurried.

Mampieri loaded the car with his sons - Luca, 5, and Vincent, 3 - got his wife in the passenger seat and sped off to the hospital.

But there would be a pit stop.

"After we dropped off the boys (at a relative's house), we were driving along and a cop pulled me over for speeding," said Mampieri, his face sporting the usual 5-o'clock shadow of a new father.

"But we got through it. Leeanne woke me up at 3, we got to the hospital by 4 and our boy was born by 5:12. What a way to start the day."

Cristiano Matthew Mampieri weighed 7 pounds, 1 ounce, and was delivered quickly enough to give his father a short breather before heading back for the second leg of his marathon.

The second chapter had Mampieri racing to Ohio State's Scarlet Course to be with his team, which had a 16-stroke lead entering the final round of the state tournament.

"He got there and gave them a pep talk before they were to tee off and then went back to the hospital for a while," assistant coach Eric Horvath said. "He told me had a favor to ask of me, and then takes off early."

Mampieri tells a different story.

"Eric said that he felt like he was the Dennis Hopper character from the movie 'Hoosiers.' You know when Gene Hackman gets kicked out of the (basketball) game and hands him the scorebook and tells him he's the coach now," Mampieri said with a wide grin. "It wasn't anything like that, but (Eric) did a great job."

Horvath must have done something right.

When Mampieri returned a few hours later, his Cardinals were en route to winning their second consecutive state championship and doing it in record fashion.

St. Charles won with a record 610, breaking the previous mark of 611 set by Cleveland St. Ignatius in 2002 and Upper Arlington in 1993. St. Ignatius was runner-up last Saturday with a 621. Cardinals senior Michael Ricaurte was tournament medalist with a 144.

Mampieri made sure to make it back to the course to be with his team for most of the back nine as well as watch his players' excitement during the awards ceremony.

"It's really been the best day of my life, so far, and it's really been a humbling experience," he said. "That's the only way I can describe it."

Not only was his son born last Saturday, but it was also Mampieri's last day as coach of the St. Charles program.

In four seasons with the Cardinals, he guided them to three state appearances, including 2007, and two state titles.

"Coach Mampieri has meant a ton to me and he has motivated me since I was a freshman," said senior Daniel Weigandt, clutching the state championship trophy to his chest. "He always believed in me and was confident in my abilities even when others might not have been. He's really been that way for everyone on the team."

"Anthony is extremely humble and his humility and selflessness with the kids is what has helped make this program successful," said Horvath, who played with Mampieri at St. Charles in the early 1990s. "He's just as much to be around now as he was then, and that carries over on the course."

But as much fun as Mampieri has had coaching at St. Charles, he wants to have fun with his boys, his family.

He wants a chance to watch his sons play soccer, maybe even dabble in coaching a sport where balls are struck with feet instead of clubs.

But those coaching days are down the road. How far down the road?

Maybe it will be as close as next spring. Maybe it will be in a few years.

Mampieri said what happens is out of his hands, just like the startling 3 a.m. nudge from Leeanne.

"When I think of (last Saturday), I think of the plan God must have had," he said. "For us to be leading by 16 strokes, it made it a little easier with the baby coming a month early. It really must have been planned this way."