Welcome, Coach Pace.
Submitted on January 18, 2018
Georgetown College has a long history of success in volleyball and over the past four seasons, a key component to that has been assistant coach Felicia Pace. Thursday afternoon (Jan. 18) it was Director of Athletics Brian Evans’ pleasure to introduce her as the Tigers’ sixth head coach.
Pace takes over a program with a 1,219-386 record and 20 NAIA National Volleyball Tournament appearances. The Texas native has been on staff for 114 of those wins with just 36 losses – a 76 winning percentage – as well as four national tournaments. GC has made six straight national tournaments – a program best.
She was named AVCA Regional Coach of the Year in 2017.
“Felicia is the right person for this job, and we are so excited to have her full time,” Evans said. “Her energy and passion have been a staple since she got here. The work she’s put in over four years is above and beyond the call of duty, but she does it because she loves Georgetown College, our student-athletes, and volleyball.
“She’s a true teacher in every sense of the word, and we are blessed to have her bring those professional skills to our campus.”
Pace played collegiately for Hardin-Simmons University where she was a four-year letter winner. She was two-time Texas Independent Athletics Association MVP, two-time all-conference and Texas Independent Player of the Week once.
While working at Georgetown as an assistant, she has also been the head coach of the KIVA Kentucky Indiana Volleyball Association’s 11-12-year-old team. IMPACT was 2016 Bluegrass Champions and Junior Volleyball Association Runner-up.
Her lengthy career mentoring, motivating and instructing volleyball started by leading the Hardin-Simmons men’s club team in 1994-95. Her longest stint was coaching at Shelby County High School from 2002-14, before stepping aside from the Rocket program to come to Georgetown.
“That was a tough decision, but definitely the right one,” Pace said about leaving her head coaching position. “I loved all my players, but felt like this opportunity at Georgetown was going to give me a greater chance to spread my love for this game and help every player reach their potential. I took that step of faith and it has led me down this path where I stand today as the head coach of the Tigers. It is a true honor to be in the list of names that have built this foundation and grown its success. I look forward to adding to it.”
Pace’s illustrious tenure at SCHS included six district titles, four runner-up finishes, and 10 regional tournament appearances. In 2002, the Rockets were 8th Region runner-up.
Other stand out coaching experiences include a three-year stint as head coach for the United States Armed Forces of Europe Men’s Elite Team in Ramstein, Germany. Pace led the team to a 2002 national championship with a 2001 runner-up finish.
In the same span, she coached the USAF Men’s Base Team.
“Her strengths are limitless and if she finds something she’s not familiar with, she is tireless in mastering that skill,” Evans said. “I’m glad no one else hired her before we did, and I know that our future is very bright under her guidance. Not just for her coaching either, our department gets stronger having her on board. We are all very excited.”