Pace Academy has announced that Chad Wabrek, currently Associate Director of Athletics, will become Director of Athletics with the start of the 2020-2021 school year. Wabrek will succeed Director of Athletics Dr. Troy Baker, who has been named Director of Student Life, a new position on the school’s administrative team.
In his new role, Wabrek will oversee 82 teams, strength-and-conditioning and physical-education programs, a talented coaching staff, state-of-the-art athletic facilities and a community of outstanding student-athletes.
“In just one year at Pace, Chad has made a tremendous impact on our Athletics department and programs,” said Head of School Fred Assaf. “I’m excited that our student-athletes will continue to grow, learn and excel under his leadership.”
Wabrek holds a bachelor’s degree in urban studies from Hobart College and a master’s in English from the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College. His 26 years in education have included time as an English teacher, coach, dean and department chair. Prior to his arrival at Pace Academy in 2019, he served for six years as Head of Athletics and Physical Education at Greenhill School in Addison, Texas.
“I am humbled by the opportunity to partner with our dedicated coaches, eager student-athletes, talented faculty and supportive school community in pursuit of excellence both on and off the field,” Wabrek says. “There are valuable life lessons to be learned through athletics and physical education, which is why we strive to include as many Pace students as possible in our programs. Whether it be at the varsity, junior varsity, Middle School or club level, students have the opportunity to make a difference and take pride in representing their school, and I hope to continue what Dr. Baker and many others have established at Pace in the near and distant future. One thing is certain—how we do things and the results we achieve are within our control, and to work toward our goals in partnership with so many different people is truly an exciting opportunity.”