When the varsity football players assemble this coming summer, they will play for a new head coach. Head of School Fred Assaf appointed former NFL linebacker Chris Slade to the head coaching position earlier this week. Slade will succeed Head Coach Matt Hall, who launched the Pace football program. Hall will continue at Pace as Upper School dean of students, varsity baseball head coach and an Upper School history teacher.
“When Matt and his wife, Kelsey, arrived at Pace, there was no football,” Assaf wrote in a message to faculty and staff. “We had no practice field, no game field, no equipment. We had to design jerseys, order stickers for our helmets and play games at Chastain Park. Mattâ€™s spirit, confidence and vision have carried us through these amazing first years. Truly, it has been wonderful to watch the program grow, and without Mattâ€™s steady and caring hand, we would not be the school we are today.”
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