FORT WAYNE, Ind. – IPFW Athletic Director Kelley Hartley Hutton has announced that Germaine Fairchild has been named the new head coach for the IPFW softball program.
Fairchild brings 17 years of NCAA coaching experience, and has led her programs to seven postseason appearances and four conference championship game appearances.
“We are thrilled to bring in someone with Germaine’s level of knowledge and expertise into this position,” said Hartley Hutton. “In addition to her knowledge, she brings a passion to her coaching that is contagious to anyone she meets.”
Fairchild spent the 2014 season as an assistant coach at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey, where she helped guide the team to its first postseason tournament appearance in program history, as the team finished 21-21 with an 11-5 record in the Northeast Conference (NEC).
“I would like to thank Director of Athletics Kelley Hartley Hutton for this tremendous opportunity,” said Fairchild. “I am both honored and excited to become a member of the IPFW family, and the Fort Wayne community. I look forward to building the excellence of Mastodon softball in the Summit League and beyond.”
Prior to her season with the Knights, she was head coach at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut, for 13 seasons. While there, she led the program to seven top-four NEC finishes, seven conference tournament berths, and four championship game appearances.
She coached 22 All-NEC players, four NEC Rookie of the Year award winners, one Defensive Player of the Year, one Pitcher of the Year, four All-Region student-athletes, and one Quinnipiac Female Athlete of the Year. Additionally, she helped mentor three QU Female Scholar Athletes of the Year, and 30 All-Academic selections.
From August 2000 until August 2013 she was the Sport Performance Coach at Quinnipiac for softball, men’s soccer, and men’s lacrosse, where she wrote and administered off-season, pre-season, and in-season strength and conditioning programs. She also developed a nutritional guide and post-workout/practice recovery routines for student-athletes in addition to conducting mental training seminars for student-athletes.
A year earlier she was the strength and conditioning coach for softball and women’s volleyball at Southern Connecticut State University. She also worked at the University of Tulsa where she wrote and administered strength and conditioning programs for women’s rowing, men’s and women’s tennis, golf, track & field, and softball, and was named a NSCA Strength and Conditioning All-American in 1992.
An accomplished player in her own right, Fairchild played six years of professional softball in the United States. She won three championships playing with the nationally renowned Connecticut Brakettes of the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA) Women’s Majors and the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) League, and won NPF Championships with the NY/NJ Juggernaut in 2004 and with the Washington Glory in 2007. In 2008 she began the NPF season as a player-assistant coach with the New England Riptide, before taking over as the head coach in late June and leading the Riptide to their fifth straight playoff appearance.
She graduated from the University of Tulsa with a Bachelor of Science in environmental policy with a minor in political science, and received her Master’s of Science degree from Texas Women’s University in Denton, Texas.