Dr. Troy Baker joined the Pace community in 2015 as Director of Athletics. But this school year, he left that role for the newly created position of Director of Student Life. In addition, he continues to serve as head coach for the varsity girls basketball team.
Now, Head of School Fred Assaf has announced that Dr. Baker would be leaving Pace to become the Head of Upper School at Breck School in Golden Valley, Minnesota. “Since it’s Coach Baker’s last year, possibly ever coaching basketball, we’re doing everything we can to have lots of positive memories from what could be his last season as a coach,” said junior Morgan Neil.
The team has had a successful season thus far with a record of 11-5 as of Feb. 4. They have three more games before the region tournament begins on Feb. 15. The region tournament will decide seeding for the playoffs, and the girls are working hard in preparation. “Our goal is to win the regional championship,“ said Neil.
The season has not come without troubles. The team has endured a couple of COVID-19 outbreaks amongst their players. “With corona, we have been forced to work with the people we have, since people have to quarantine randomly,” said freshman Sydney Vincent. These outbreaks have forced the team to either cancel games or compete with limited players. “The season has been a little bit more chaotic with random cancellations because of COVID, but we’ve been having lots of fun,” said Neil.
The girls attribute the many memories they have made to their close knit bond that comes with having a small roster of only 11 players. The girls highlighted their trip to Thomasville as one of their favorite experiences of team bonding. “The season is super fun because the team is all super close and we all get along,” said Vincent. “We all developed friendships immediately following tryouts and workouts in the summer.“ The team has built many memories and hopes to close out their season strong for Dr. Baker’s last year.