Girardi to coach quarterbacks, while Zidenberg will mentor running backs
Football coaching staff joins student-athletes in class
Michigan grad comes to Lafayette after two seasons at Univ. of Florida
Recruiting Areas: Northwestern Pennsylvania (North Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Armstrong, Indiana, Lawrence, Mercer, Venango, Clarion, Jefferson, Forest, Warren, Crawford, Erie), Ohio
Christian Pace begins his second season as the Leopards' tight ends coach. His inaugural campaign on College Hill oversaw the continued development of Dylan Wadsworth who earned All-Patriot League First-Team honors after finishing second on the team with 41 receptions for 293 yards and one touchdown. The team captain was also named the team's offensive MVP following the season.
Pace came to Lafayette fresh off a two-year coaching stint at the University of Florida. The Avon Lake, Ohio native coached the tight ends in 2016 and the offensive line in 2015 as a graduate assistant coach on Jim McElwain's staff in Gainesville, Fla. The Gators won the SEC East Division in 2015 and 2016, making appearances in the 2016 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl and the 2017 Outback Bowl.
Pace played football at the University of Michigan, but injuries kept him off the field. He stayed with the program as a student assistant coach on the offensive line (2011-13) and with the running backs (2014). Pace coached current Green Bay Packers fullback Joe Kerridge and aided in the development of Associated Press First-Team All-Americans, David Molk and Taylor Lewan (currently with the Tennessee Titans) and Denver Broncos' third-round pick Michael Schofield. During his time in Ann Arbor, Mich., the Wolverines advanced to the 2012 Sugar Bowl, 2013 Outback Bowl and the 2013 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.
Pace, whose brother Ian is the tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator at Fordham University, graduated From Michigan with a bachelor's degree in Movement Science in 2014 and is nearing completion of a master's degree in sport management from Florida.