- Andrea Adelson, ESPN Staff Writer
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Virginia coach Mike London did not waste any time filling his offensive coordinator vacancy, hiring former Colorado State coach Steve Fairchild for the position on Wednesday.
Fairchild replaces Bill Lazor, who resigned Tuesday for a job with the Philadelphia Eagles. In addition to serving as offensive coordinator, Fairchild also will coach the quarterbacks.
"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. Larry Lewis spoke very highly of Steve as they worked together at Colorado State."
Fairchild served as the senior offensive assistant for the San Diego Chargers in 2012, following four years as Colorado State head coach. Lewis, recently hired as UVa running backs coach/special teams coordinator, worked with Fairchild at Colorado State for four years.
In addition, Fairchild has 16 years of experience as an offensive coordinator.
"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."
Fairchild received a two-year contract worth $450,000 annually.
London has now surrounded himself with two former head coaches (Fairchild, Tom O'Brien) and a third long-time assistant (Jon Tenuta) as part of this major staff shakeup. Combined, Fairchild, O'Brien and Tenuta bring a whopping 115 years coaching experience to the UVa sideline.
It will be interesting to see whether all that veteran leadership will help the Hoos bounce back from a disappointing 4-8 season -- a campaign that led to all of these staff changes.
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