According to multiple reports, Andrew Baxter is set to be hired as the next head coach at Fairfield after serving as an assistant at Yale since 2013. Baxter’s hiring comes a little less than a month since the news broke that Andy Copelan would be stepping down as the head coach at Fairfield.
College Crosse’s Chris Jastrzembski first broke the news Wednesday evening.
Baxter comes to Fairfield after serving as Yale’s defensive coordinator since 2013, adding the title of associate head coach to his name prior to the 2019 season. During his tenure at Yale Baxter helped lead Yale to back-to-back championship weekend appearances (2018,2019), winning the national championship in 2018.
He started his coaching career at Colgate where he was an assistant from 2002-2003 before moving on to Drexel where he was an assistant from 2004-2008. During his time at Drexel Baxter served as the Dragons offensive coordinator for his first two seasons before moving to defensive coordinator for his last three seasons in Philadelphia.
Baxter spent four years as the Defensive coordinator at Ohio State before coming to Yale in 2013. During Baxter’s tenure in New Haven Yale never ranked lower than 14th in Scoring Defense in Baxter’s first six seasons, including ranks of 6th in 2013, 9th in 2015, 8th in 2016, and gave up just 8.8 goals per game in 2018 as the Elis won the National Championship.
He played at DIII Springfield college, graduating in 2001. As a player at Springfield, Baxter helped lead Pride to two DIII NCAA tournaments.
At Fairfield Baxter will have a lot on his plate, rebuilding a program that hasn’t had a record above .500 since 2016. The Stags have only been to the NCAA tournament twice in program history (2002,2004). Fairfield went 5-9 last season, missing the CAA tournament.