Steve Fairchild is new hoo OC

Jan. 30, 2013

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Virginia head football coach Mike London announced today the hiring of Steve Fairchild as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Fairchild replaces Bill Lazor, who resigned his position with the Virginia football program to accept a coaching position in the National Football League.

Fairchild boasts 31 years of coaching experience at both the NFL and collegiate levels, including 16 seasons as an offensive coordinator. Most recently Fairchild was the senior offensive assistant for the San Diego Chargers after a four-year stint as the head coach at Colorado State, which included the highest-ranked recruiting class in program history and a victory in the 2008 New Mexico Bowl.

"Steve Fairchild brings a wealth of experience to Virginia and when you look at the offenses of the teams he has coached, you see high achievement," said London. "Throughout his career you find Steve was a part of coaching staffs that have had tremendous offensive success and we are really fortunate to have him join our staff. Larry Lewis spoke very highly of Steve as they worked together at Colorado State."

"I am very excited to join the football program at the University of Virginia," said Fairchild. "I can't wait to get started. I'm excited about the type of football team we can have and anxious to get to Charlottesville and get to work."

At Colorado State Fairchild also was the offensive coordinator (1997-2000) and quarterbacks coach (1993-96) during the Rams' football rise. From 1993-2000 Colorado State won the Western Athletic Conference three times and the Mountain West Conference twice and was nationally ranked at various times during that span. During Fairchild's four seasons as the offensive coordinator, three Colorado State players were honored as the league's offensive player of the year and the Rams won three bowl games. In 1997, quarterback Moses Moreno was the WAC offensive player of the year and helped Colorado State finish No. 1 in the league in total and scoring offense.

Fairchild has worked with many dynamic players in college football and the NFL. He was a part of San Diego State's high-octane offenses that were highlighted by running back Marshall Faulk and quarterback Dan McGwire. During Fairchild's three seasons at San Diego State from 1990-92, the Aztecs enjoyed three straight top-10 finishes in NCAA scoring and total offense categories. Fairchild's first stint at San Diego State was for the 1986 season as the Aztecs' recruiting coordinator and tight ends coach, working with second-round NFL selection Rob Awalt. Fairchild also owns a stop at New Mexico as the offensive coordinator from 1987-89 where the Lobos ranked No. 8 in NCAA pass offense and No. 29 in total offense in 1989. Under Fairchild's guidance Terrance Mathis became the first player to have more than 250 receptions, 4,000 receiving yards and 6,000 yards of total offense.

Fairchild spent eight seasons in the NFL. He worked as the offensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills in 2006 and 2007, as quarterback J.P. Losman posted the 11th-best QB rating in the NFL in 2006 and passed for 3,051 yards. Prior to his stint with the Bills, Fairchild was the offensive coordinator for the St. Louis Rams from 2003-05. Teaming up again with Faulk, Fairchild and the Rams enjoyed three straight top-10 finishes in total offense, including the NFL's second-ranked scoring offense in 2003. Quarterback Marc Bulger was the 2003 Pro Bowl MVP. Fairchild's first NFL stint came in Buffalo in 2001 and 2002 where he was the running backs coach and boasted two Pro Bowl running backs, Larry Centers and Travis Henry. Centers is the NFL career reception and yardage holder for running backs.

"Steve Fairchild is a coach that has been at a number of places and has had a great deal of success," said Virginia Executive Associate Athletics Director Jon Oliver. "He has been a head coach, he has worked in the NFL, and he has been a coordinator at the collegiate and professional levels. He is known as a solid recruiter and when he was at Colorado State they had the highest-ranked recruiting class in that institution's history. We are excited to have Steve join the program and it is one more step to help us move forward."

"We are in the process of implementing new systems on both sides of the ball," Oliver said. "These types of changes take time and we will need to be patient as we seek to improve this football program."

Fairchild began his coaching career in 1982 as the offensive coordinator at San Diego Mesa Community College. After two seasons he moved to Ferris State as the offensive coordinator from 1984-85.

Fairchild is a 1981 graduate of Colorado State, where he spent three seasons as a quarterback and earned All-WAC second-team honors behind BYU's Jim McMahon. He earned a bachelor of arts in economics from Colorado State and later a master of education from Azusa Pacific in 1983.

The Decatur, Ill., native is married to the former Nancy A. Kolstoe. The couple has two daughters, Lindsey and Jill.

Information on Virginia Football Assistant Coach Appointment
• The initial appointment for Steve Fairchild is for two years. He will receive annual compensation totaling $450,000.
• Compensation will be funded from Athletics Department funds and the Athletics Department does not receive state funding.

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That was quick.

Any bets on how long until a new coaching announcement from c'ville?

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One week

Essentially as long as it takes for Fairchild to see the team as a whole and realize he should be trying to get out while he still can. If we haven't heard anything within a week, there's no hope for the guy, he's gone.

He lead Colorado State to three straight 3-9 seasons, that is the type of consistency that UVA needs. His team's scoring average also went from 25.2 in 2008, to 21.7 in 2009, and 16.5 in 2010.

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is becoming old white guy U.


zzz.....Weren't they always old white guy U?

Gonna be honest...

Doesn't sound like a terrible hire to me. They could've done worse.

It was a catch



WOW- UVa's staff is going the opposite direction of ours... the avg age has to have gone up ten years with these recent hires. All of sudden all that youth and recruiting enthusiasm is going out the window.

'Its easy to grin, when your ship comes in, and you've got the stock market beat,
but the man worthwhile, is the man who can smile, when his shorts are too tight in the seat'

Consider that....

Groh brought on a young, recruit first staff when he replaced Welsh. It really helped him recruit, but player development stalled. This was at a time when VT was getting the most out of our players and our player development machine was humming.

The last few years there are some notable examples of VT having player development issues, with the OL and RB's (2012) being glaring examples, but the whip position has taken some hits as well.

Before we all pat ourselves on the back for getting younger, it's worth considering if we are getting better.

True, that was in the back of my head. I just think these guys (VT's) are teachers, coaches and have recruiting prowess. Much of the Groh staff just seemed young for young's sake with no real track record of player development. I think UVa will be better coached going forward, and then we'll see if they can connect with 17-18 year-olds on the recruiting trail.

'Its easy to grin, when your ship comes in, and you've got the stock market beat,
but the man worthwhile, is the man who can smile, when his shorts are too tight in the seat'

'Nuff Said

Tom Brady, Chad Henne, Tim Tebow >>>>>>>> JP Losman, Marc Bulger, Moses Moreno

Plus most of the positives surrounding that press release revolve around Fairchild's time with Marshall Faulk. First of all, talk about living in the past. Second, I don't see any future Hall of Famers in UVA's backfield, so good luck with that.

They say this Mizzell guy is pretty good. If he doesn't break his foot kicking cars, he may turn out ok.

And not to get all-UVA on you, because I hate UVA as much as everyone else, but they do have a much greater history of producing NFL running backs than VT. In all reality, it isn't even close.

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The shocking thing to me..., as usual with UVA, how much they are paying him.

Steve Fairchilds is a known name around the game, but is he a $450K coach? Dunno bout all that.


Hokies still make more on average. #LOLUVA

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