The 2015 team, led by future Georgia stars Andrew Thomas and Jamaree Salyer, won four straight road playoff games to reach the final, then defeated Fitzgerald 45-21 for the Class 2A championship. Slade remains the only African-American football coach to win a state title at a Georgia private school.
Pace has not won more than six games in a season since, though the record is deflated partially by scheduling tough non-region opponents. This past season was the first in which Pace was not ranked in the top 10 at some point during the season.
“The administration and the football program came to a stalemate, and I believe it’s in the self interest of both that I step down,’’ Slade said. “At a place like Pace, you’ve got to have the backing and complete support to play in late November, which has always been my goal.’’