Charlottesville - UVa's Mike London wasn't kidding Tuesday when he said the Cavs would move quickly to find a new offensive coordinator. Wednesday, London announced the hiring of Steve Fairchild as new coordinator and quarterbacks coach.Most recently Fairchild was the senior offensive assistant for the San Diego Chargers after four years as Colorado State head coach. Fairchild replaces Bill Lazor, who resigned his position with the Virginia football program to accept a coaching position in the National Football League. Lazor will be the new quarterbacks coach for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Fairchild boasts 31 years of coaching experience at both the NFL and collegiate levels, including 16 seasons as an offensive coordinator.
"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.
"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."
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 Terance Mathis became the first player to have more than 250 receptions, 4,000 receiving yards and 6,000 yards of total offense.