Fairfield’s Young inks contract extension through 2025-26

Head Coach Jay Young has signed a contract extension to lead Fairfield University Men’s Basketball through the 2025-26 season, as announced on Monday by Director of Athletics Paul Schlickmann. Young led the Stags to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Championship Game last season.
“I am thrilled to announce this well-deserved extension for Coach Young,” said Schlickmann. “It is a reflection of the progress our program has made in just two short but very challenging years under his leadership. We are confident that Coach Young and his staff will continue to elevate Stags Basketball, and that we are on the right path to building a championship-caliber program that our entire Stags family and Fairfield community can rally around with great pride.”
In the 2020-21 season – Young’s second with the Stags – he helped Fairfield navigate a unique schedule to split the final five MAAC series heading into the MAAC Championship. The Stags went on to win three games in Atlantic City, including back-to-back victories over second-seeded Monmouth and third-seeded Saint Peter’s. During the regular season, Fairfield was one of just three MAAC teams to defeat eventual conference champion Iona. The 15-point victory for the Stags at Alumni Hall was the Gaels’ largest margin of defeat during the league portion of the slate and second largest overall.
“It is an honor to be the Head Coach of Fairfield University Men’s Basketball, and I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this incredible university for years to come,” said Young. “Thank you to President Nemec and Paul Schlickmann for their confidence in me and my staff, and thank you to our student-athletes past and present for their dedication to our goal of building a championship program here at Fairfield.”
Young was hired as the 13th head coach in Fairfield Men’s Basketball history on April 3, 2019. His collegiate career spans more than 35 years and includes assistant coaching tenures at Rutgers and Stony Brook as well as prior head coaching experience at the University of New Haven.
Fairfield welcomes back 14 student-athletes from the 2020-21 squad, including all 10 Stags that made at least one start throughout the campaign, and will introduce a trio of newcomers into the fold. The regular season tips off on Nov. 9 at Providence with action coming to Webster Bank Arena for the first time on the following Tuesday, Nov. 16 against Medgar Evers College.
All Fairfield Basketball home games this season will be played at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport as the University continues construction on the new on-campus Arena and Convocation Center.


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