Brook Pace | Women's Soccer
UWF HALL OF FAME - CLASS OF 2009-10
Brooke Pace, a 2000 graduate of the UWF women’s soccer team, played all four years of her college career with the Argonauts. She is the only women’s soccer player in UWF history to be selected to the All-Gulf South Conference first team and the GSC All-Tournament Team four times in her career. In 1999 Brooke became UWF’s first ever women’s soccer All-American as she was named to the NSCAA/adidas All-America second team. She is also one of five players at UWF to be named to the NSCAA/adidas All-South Region Team three times during her career.
By the end of her illustrious four year career at UWF, the midfielder held career records for goals (43), assists (24), and points (110). Throughout the years the records have fallen and she now stands fifth in career goals, eighth in career assists and fifth in career points. In 1998 Brooke had the best offensive season of her career as she set UWF single season records for goals (19) and points (49). She would end her career in 2000 with 24 career assists, third best in GSC history at the time.
A native of Tallahassee, Fla., Brook currently works as a legislative analyst for the Florida legislature, and she has two children, Shelby (11) and Cooper (5).
Hall of Fame Questionnaire
1. What was your most memorable moment in UWF athletics?
Beating Eckerd College, almost getting red carded out of the game, and then beating the defending national champions the next day (my sister, Bridget, scored the winning goal!!).
2. Being a former student-athlete, how has it helped you in your life after college?
I participate in endurance sports now and one of the reasons I have been slightly successful is because my coach (Bill Elliott) once told our team - when we were all complaining about endurance drills - that we would be surprised what our bodies can actually endure. He told us that we were not even close to the physical potential of our bodies. I thought about this a lot over the years, and I still do today when training. It made me realize that sports are as much of a mental game as a physical one and if I get tired I can bury the feelings and get through it mentally. When I’m tired I honestly think of what he said and it helps get me through tough workouts. Being a student-athlete also prepared me to juggle a life of work, sports, family, school, etc.
3. Are you still involved with your sport? If so, in what capacity?
I play recreationally and used to coach.
4. Please list any other information that you would like to share.
I am really thankful to be recognized for something that I loved so much. Soccer was my life growing up and it feels amazing to be recognized for something I worked hard at most of my life.
Not only is it a great feeling to be recognized by my coach and the committee that nominated me but also to be recognized by the University. I loved going to UWF.