Fairfield Local Schools has announced the hiring of (l-r) Jimmy Barnett, athletic director; Quentin Williams, boys basketball coach; and Andy Wood, girls basketball coach. (Photos courtesy of Fairfield Local Schools)
Fairfield Local Schools has announced the hiring of (l-r) Jimmy Barnett, athletic director; Quentin Williams, boys basketball coach; and Andy Wood, girls basketball coach. (Photos courtesy of Fairfield Local Schools)
LEESBURG — Changes have been made by the Fairfield basketball programs and athletic direction, as both the boys and girls basketball teams will have new head coaches, and FHS has hired a new athletic director.

Fairfield’s new boys basketball head coach is one of the best players to ever wear a Lions basketball uniform, as Quentin Williams was named the new boys head coach this past June, taking over the role vacated by Josh Howland, who is now the head coach for the Hillsboro Indians. 

Last season, the Lions boys team were district runners-up with a 15-6 overall record, while the girls team were also district runners-up with a 20-4 overall record. 

Williams has been an assistant coach for the Fairfield basketball programs the past four seasons and was an All-Ohio selection as a player for the Lions, as he was a 2013 graduate of FHS. 

“I would like to thank God, my family and friends, the community, especially the kids, and our coaching staff of the last four years, specifically Coach Howland and Coach Fauber,” Williams said in a statement provided by the Fairfield Athletic Department. “So many people have helped me get to this point, and I’m very grateful and appreciative for their love and support. I’m very excited for this opportunity to help lead the boys basketball program here at Fairfield. 

“Growing up and then coaching here for the last four years has been nothing short of a privilege. This community and the people in it are special to me. The kids here have so much potential to do great things on and off the court. I want to maximize that potential and show them how to believe in themselves and make a difference. I look forward to continuing to build upon the culture with our players, parents and community members. I’m proud to be a Lion. Time to get to work!”

The new girls basketball head coach is Andy Wood, who is taking over for Jeremy McGraw after one season, as McGraw is the new athletic director at East Clinton High School. Wood will be the third head coach for the Lady Lions in the past three seasons. 

“In my entire professional career, I’ve never, ever been so excited as I am to be leading the Lady Lions basketball program,” Wood said. “Literally every necessary element to foster success is fully in place — tremendous kids from great families with incredible basketball talent, expert coaching from prior coaches all the way down to the pee-wee level and a visionary administrative team willing to do whatever it takes to take our program to the absolute pinnacle of high-school basketball.

“There is absolutely nowhere on this planet that I would rather be than coaching the Lady Lions. I am going to give these kids, this school and the entire town of Leesburg every ounce of everything I have for entrusting me with such a unique and talented group of kids.”

Fairfield’s new athletic director is Jimmy Barnett, taking over for former AD Tony Williams. Barnett will also be the career readiness coach at Fairfield, and he’s a Highland County native, graduating from McClain High School.

“I am excited for the school year to start, to meet the students and watch them grow not only on the playing field but also in the classroom,” Barnett said. “This is honestly a dream opportunity for me, and I could not be more thankful to the Board of Education, the interview committee and everyone else involved for giving me this opportunity to lead the students of Fairfield Local as athletic director and career readiness coach.

“Life doesn't always play out as you envision or in the order you envision, but through all of my past experiences in coaching, sport management, and education, I believe that they each prepared me for this opportunity with Fairfield Local. I am looking forward to this new chapter with Fairfield Local Schools and am excited to serve the students and the community.”

(Editor’s note: Thank you to Amy Buddelmeyer for her assistance with this article.)