EUHS hires new Athletic Director

Tom Price Jr.

For Darin Pace the distance to the Frosty King just got much shorter.

Pace, who grew up near the Visalia-Exeter border, was named the new athletic director for Exeter Union High School last week.

Transferring from Corcoran were he has spent the last three years as a counselor, Pace recalls jumping on his bike with his Golden West classmates and riding all the way to the Frosty King for frito-boats. For Pace, the frito-boats aren't the only thing he is familiar with in Exeter.

"One of the things that was a draw to me was that I am familiar with a lot of the personnel here," Pace said. "One of the things I appreciate most about my short time in Exeter is that they are so supportive."

Right now Pace can take all the support he can get, taking over as athletic director the same week that students return is a daunting task. Finalizing schedules, meeting the coaches and staff in addition to his duties as a counselor have proven a bit overwhelming.

"Starting at this time thus far has proven to cause some difficulties," Pace said. "But I am confident in our ability to make up for the lost time and keep the athletic program moving in the right direction."

Pace did his undergraduate work at the University of Oregon and worked for the state as an educational consultant.

He later completed his graduate degree at Seton Hall University and returned to California. He is replacing Apolinar Maroquin who accepted the position of assistant principal at Granite Hills High School in Porterville.

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