Nace set to tackle job as Geibel football coach
With the high school football season less than six weeks away, Geibel is again adjusting to a new coach.
Pete Nace has been named the new coach of the team after Bob Petrella, who took over as coach during the 2012 season, resigned for personal reasons. Petrella had taken over last season after Sean Benjamin resigned after the team forfeited its first two games because of low numbers.
“I care about what happens to the kids,” Nace said. “From that aspect, it was very easy for me to take this position.”
Nace is no stranger to Geibel. He coached the baseball team during the 2013 season and has been involved with Geibel football for six seasons. He was an assistant varsity coach in each of the past six seasons and was a coach with the junior high team for two seasons.
“Pete has been an assistant football coach for us and is a well-respected and reliable coach,” Geibel athletic director Shawn Holup said. “The kids are very comfortable with Pete because of his involvement with the school. He brings a positive approach to the job. He has coached football at the youth level, junior high level and high school level. This is important because we currently have so many young players on the roster.”
Nace likes what he has seen in terms of dedication from the small-but-determined group of players that will make up the roster this season.
“We've got 16 boys coming to workouts consistently,” Nace said. “I've seen the kids, and I'm excited because we haven't had this kind of commitment for a few years.”
Geibel opens the season at 7 p.m. Aug. 30 at Frazier.
Jason Black is the Local Sports Editor of the Daily Courier. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.