Jason Pace’s thoughts on leaving Wolcott, taking the Newington job

Jason Pace talks about his decision to take the head coaching job at Newington.

As you already know, Jason Pace is leaving the Wolcott football program to take over the head coaching position at Newington High School.
It’s been a busy time for Pace, but he was able to respond to my e-mailed questions about Wolcott and Newington. Here’s what he had to say:

What made you decide to go for the Newington job?
was an extremely difficult decision as I am grateful for the
opportunities that the Wolcott School District has afforded me and I
will forever cherish the great memories and relationships the were built
over the years. However, having spent most of my life
as student, player and coach at Wolcott High School I feel that it’s
time for a change and to start a new chapter in my coaching career. 

What do you like about the Newington opportunity?
presented a unique opportunity because of the passion the
administration and community has for its student-athletes. I was very
impressed with how
committed all parties were in finding the candidate that would be best
for the players. They are committed to providing their students with
superior athletic opportunities to
supplement what the school has to offer in the classroom. 

What will you miss most about coaching your Alma mater?
will miss the players and coaches that have fully committed to
representing the Wolcott Football Program with integrity and character.
They are the reason that the program
has been and will continue to be successful. I am confident that
because of the foundation of players, coaches, and support system that
deeply care about the program the team will
achieve greatness in all that they do. 

What is your proudest moment as Wolcott coach?
moments come each year at our football banquet when our seniors share
their memories from playing football in our program. They
discuss how much they enjoyed their four years as a Wolcott Football
Player and how that experience has shaped their lives. It brings great
pride when they describe how our program
as one that represents a second family.

What will you take from your time coaching Wolcott?
was a tremendous experience that has shaped my coaching career and
philosophies. And most importantly I will never forget those
relationships that were built
with players, coaches, parents, and the community. And my hope is that
they are playing for many state titles in the years to come. 

Pace was 48-19 in his six seasons as head coach at Wolcott. He guided the Eagles to four state playoff appearances.