Jason Laflin was named the new Fairfield head wrestling coach on Tuesday afternoon, according to Fairfield athletic director Mark Harden.
Laflin, a 1989 Fairfield graduate, has been an assistant in the wrestling program since 1995 and a varsity assistant since 2003.
Last week, Fairfield head coach Ron Masanek announced his retirement after 48 years of coaching with Fairfield.
“Jason has been an integral part in our team’s success in his time here as an assistant coach, and he has had a hand in the many conference, sectional, and district champions, along with countless state qualifiers,” Harden said.
Laflin was a four-time state qualifier and was the 112-pound Division I state champion as a senior. He went on to a successful four-year wrestling career at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga where he was both a conference champion and D-I NCAA qualifier in 1994.
Laflin has been a technology teacher at Fairfield Middle School since 1994.
“We are so excited that Jason has accepted our offer to become our head coach,” Harden said. “It is a position he has earned and one that we truly believe he will flourish in. Coach Laflin is the perfect person to continue the tradition of a strong wrestling program here at Fairfield and we are ecstatic that he is our head coach.”