Former Coppin Center Pace To Be Honored By NAIA

March 07, 2012 | WNST Staff

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Former Coppin State standout Joe Pace was one of 75 individuals named to the NAIA 75th Anniversary All-Star Team as selected by a panel of current and former coaches and players.

This season marks the 75th anniversary of the longest continuous national basketball tournament in the country and a committee was formed to honor the outstanding players and coaches who have participated in the tournament.

Pace was one of 60 former players named to the team after leading Coppin State to the 1976 National Championship. He was named the tournament most valuable player and scored 43 points in the championship game victory over Henderson State.

Pace was recently inducted into the first Hall of Fame class at Coppin State University during Homecoming week.

Also included on the list, which included 15 coaches, are such noteworthy players as Dick Barnett, M.L. Carr, Lloyd B. Free, Earl Monroe, Willis Reed and Dennis Rodman.

Members of the All-Star Team have been invited to be a part of the festivities in mid-March at Municipal Auditorium in downtown Kansas City. Attendees will be recognized with a special reception preceding the National Championship final on March 20 and then introduced at halftime of that contest.