With the hiring of Steve Fairchild as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach on Wednesday,
A day after Lazor left U.Va. to take a position on the
"I can't wait to get started," Fairchild said in a release from U.Va.'s athletic department. "I'm excited about the type of football team we can have and anxious to get to Charlottesville and get to work."
Fairchild will earn $450,000 in total annual compensation, according to U.Va.'s athletic department. His initial contract is for two years.
In addition to his experience with the Chargers, Fairchild was the coach at
Larry Lewis, who was hired this month to be U.Va.'s special-teams coordinator and running backs coach, was on Fairchild's staff for all four seasons at Colorado State. Lewis was Colorado State's associate head coach, running backs and fullbacks coach, and special teams coordinator in 2011 under Fairchild.
Earlier this month, U.Va. also hired Tom O'Brien to be its associate head coach for offense and tight ends coach, Jon Tenuta to be its associate head coach for defense, defensive coordinator and linebackers coach, promoted Hampton High graduate Marques Hagans from graduate assistant to wide receivers coach and added recruiting coordinator to the job description of cornerbacks coach Chip West. O'Brien, Fairchild and Lewis all have college head coaching experience.
"We are in the process of implementing new systems on both sides of the ball," U.Va. executive associate athletic director Jon Oliver said in the release. "These types of changes take time and we will need to be patient as we seek to improve this football program."
Fairchild has 31 seasons of experience as a college or
Fairchild, a native of Decatur, Ill., who played quarterback at Colorado State from 1978-80, also held offensive coordinator roles at Colorado State from 1997-2000, New Mexico from '87-89, Ferris State in '84 and '85 and San Diego Mesa Community College in '82 and '83. His long-standing relationship with Colorado State also included a stint from '93 through '96 as quarterbacks coach.
"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," U.Va. coach
Lazor left U.Va. after filling the Cavaliers' offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach role for the last three seasons. He was also U.Va.'s wide receivers coach this past season.
In Fairchild's college coaching career, he has worked with several high profile players. As the quarterbacks coach from '90 through '92 at
During his three-year stint as the St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator, Fairchild linked up with Faulk again. Fairchild also had