After seeing action as a reserve defender as a freshman, Pace moved up top to the striker position where he shined in his final three seasons at Maryland. He finished his career with 13 goals, including a career-high six as a captain his senior year. Pace played an important role in back-to-back Atlantic Coast Conference championships in 2012 and 2013 and helped guide the Terps to the College Cup in each of his last two seasons at Maryland.
"I am very excited to add Jake to our staff," Cirovski said. "Jake is one of the hardest working players I’ve ever coached and he possesses all the characteristics we desire in our program. As a fourth generation Terp, Jake is extremely committed to the University of Maryland and we are thrilled to keep him in College Park.”
Pace, who replaces Will Swaim as the third director of operations in program annals, won a pair of state championships with River Hill High School as a two-time Baltimore Sun First Team All-Met selection prior to his arrival to College Park. He earned a bachelor's degree in kinesiology from Maryland.