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.