Chris Sadler, a St. Joseph all-FCIAC lineman who returned to his alma mater and helped coach it to four state titles in six years, has accepted the head coaching job at Notre Dame-Fairfield. Notre Dame-Fairfield confirmed the hire via press release on Wednesday afternoon.
“As an administrative team they understand how football can energize a community and build school spirit,” Sadler said in the statement. “I am excited to help these student athletes realize their full potential on and off the field.”
Sadler replaces Ted Boynton, who resigned after two seasons. Sadler will be Notre Dame’s seventh head football coach over the last 10 seasons. The Lancers were 1-10 last year and haven’t had a winning season since going 6-4 2007.
“I am very pleased that Coach Sadler will be joining the ND family as our new Head Football Coach,” Father Bill Sangiovanni said in the press release. “I am confident that with his experience and knowledge he will provide the proper leadership as we move forward.”
Sadler played for Joe Della Vecchia at St. Joseph and graduated in 2001. He went on to play Stonehill College and returned to coach at St. Joseph in 2006. He took over the role of defensive coordinator from Kevin Morrie during the 2009 season. St. Joseph won state titles in 2009, 2010, 2013 and 2014.
“His knowledge and understanding of the game of football is undeniable,” Notre Dame athletic director Rob Bleggi said in the statement. “The experience and professionalism he brings with him will only help foster the culture of football here at ND. I am very excited to have Coach Sadler as our head coach as we move towards the future of our program.”
At Notre Dame, Sadler will be reunited with former St. Joseph athletic director Jim Olyaos, who is the director of athletic advancement at Notre Dame.
“I was fortunate enough to learn a great deal as an assistant coach at St. Joes over the last 10 years,” Sadler said in the statement. “I look forward using my experience to lead this team into a successful future. My goal here at ND is to develop well-rounded student-athletes who leave this program understanding the importance of hard-work and teamwork, while working towards team goals of winning football games and eventually competing for league and state titles.”
Sadler teaches math at Weston High School and lives in Trumbull.
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