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Pacha named FHS girls basketball coach

Fairfield’s Pat Pacha coaches during “Meet the Trojans” night at the beginning of last season. On Tuesday, the school named Pacha the new head girls basketball coach ahead of the new season. (File)
Fairfield’s Pat Pacha coaches during “Meet the Trojans” night at the beginning of last season. On Tuesday, the school named Pacha the new head girls basketball coach ahead of the new season. (File)

FAIRFIELD — If and when the 2020-21 girls basketball season tips off, the Fairfield Trojans will have a new leader, but it will be a very familiar face.

Longtime assistant coach Pat Pacha will take over at the head coaching position. The school announced on Tuesday that Pacha would replace Jeff Miller, who was head coach for one year.

Pacha was a 1984 Fairfield graduate who was also a four-sport athlete, participating in football, basketball track and baseball. He and his wife Tina have two children. Oldest daughter Katelyin is a freshman at Kirkwood Community College and youngest daughter Kelsey is a junior at FHS.

Pacha was an assistant to Coach Miller last season. He has a long history in high school sports, including a long stretch as an assistant coach for the boys basketball program from 1990-2004.

Pacha also has a long history as an official, both in basketball and softball. He was inducted into the Iowa Girls Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame in 2018.

With Fairfield’s winter sports seasons currently on hold due to a move to online classes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Trojan girls basketball team isn’t allowed to play games or hold practices. The Trojans will be eligible to play again once the school district returns to in-person learning or restrictions on athletics are changed by the state of Iowa.