It didn’t take the Virginia football team long to replace departing offensive coordinator Bill Lazor. A day after announcing his departure, Mike London said that Steve Fairchild will take his place as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
The former Colorado State head coach brings 31 years of coaching experience, including 16 as an offensive coordinator. His most recent position was the senior offensive assistant for the San Diego Chargers.
“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,” London said in a statement. “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.”
Fairchild has had offensive coordinator stints at New Mexico (1987-89), Colorado State (1997-2000), the St. Louis Rams (2003-05), and the Buffalo Bills (2006-07). He left Buffalo to become the head coach at his alma mater, Colorado State, where he played quarterback. He guided CSU to a victory in the 2008 New Mexico Bowl.
“I am very excited to join the football program at the University of Virginia,” Fairchild said in a statement. “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.”
Lazor, a former Redskin assistant undetr Joe Gibbs, has reportedly joined the Philadelphia Eagles, joining the staff of new head coach Chip Kelly, formerly of Oregon.