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Steve Fairchild (born June 21, 1958 in Decatur, Illinoismarker) is the head coach of the football team at Colorado State Universitymarker.

Playing career

Fairchild initially attended and played football for San Diego Mesa Community College, where he was named an All-American. In 1978, he transferred to Colorado State university, where he played quarterback until 1980. He split playing time with Keith Lee for his first two seasons, and was red-shirted in 1979. In his final year playing with the team, he was the full-time starter and scored 15 touchdowns while throwing for 2,573 yards.

Coaching career


After graduating from CSU, Fairchild returned to San Diego Mesa Community College where he held the head coaching job for a number of years. From 1986 through 1993, Fairchild held assistant coaching jobs at University of New Mexicomarker and at San Diego State Universitymarker. In 1993, he returned to Colorado State University, where he served as quarterbacks' coach until 1996, after which he was promoted to offensive coordinator. During his time as an assistant coach at Colorado State, the team won a total of five conference titles.


In 2001, Fairchild was hired by the Buffalo Bills to serve as running backs' coach. He left for the St. Louis Rams in 2003 where he served as an assistant offensive coordinator for three seasons, before returning to the Bills in 2006 for a season-and-a-half as the offensive coordinator.

Colorado State

In December 2007, Colorado State University announced that Fairchild would be returning to his alma mater to serve as head coach. Fairchild succeeded Sonny Lubick, under whom he had previously been an assistant.

College coaching record

Personal life

Fairchild graduated from Colorado State University in 1980 with a degree in economics.


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