Pace Academy hires former NFL, Virginia star Slade as head coach

Pace Academy hired former NFL linebacker Chris Slade as its head coach on Wednesday.

Slade, an assistant coach at Pace this past season, replaces Matt Hall, who will remain as Upper School dean of students and head baseball coach. Hall started Pace’s football program in 2006.

Slade played nine seasons in the NFL and made the Pro Bowl in 1997 with the New England Patriots. He was  All-America player at Virginia and set the ACC’s career record for sacks. After his NFL career, Slade worked as a sideliner reporter on Virginia football broadcasts.

Pace was 3-7 last season and 23-28 overall in its five varsity seasons.

5 comments Add your comment

some sense

December 12th, 2012
4:02 pm

Why would a school like Pace have football?


December 12th, 2012
4:42 pm

check out the list of public and private Class A schools who now play football. It is all about alumni relationships, fund raising, balanced athletic calendars and school spirit. Pace used to play soccer in the fall but now the only competition is out of state

Decatur 4 Life

December 13th, 2012
8:50 am

some sense

Why can’t they have football? What kind of question is that?


December 13th, 2012
9:14 am

@smittyderf …what do you mean the only competition is out of state?

Red, White, & Blue

December 13th, 2012
12:00 pm

When I was in high school we use to play Pace in soccer in the Fall Soccer League. There were some great teams because it was the only fall sport most small private schools had back then because of the numbers needed and the expense of football. Now only out of state schools play soccer in the fall as GHSA soccer is played only in the spring.