Mark Fairley joins the Liberty staff in 2018 as an interim assistant coach for track & field and cross country. He will primarily work with the Flames' distance squad.
Fairley arrives in Lynchburg on the heels of a standout career at Central College. He captured the men's steeplechase national title at the 2018 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships as a senior, improving one spot from his national runner-up spot in the 2017 steeplechase final. Fairley earned a third All-America certificate with his 26th-place showing at the 2017 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships.
A seven-time Iowa Conference event champion, Fairley owns the school record in the steeplechase at 8:57.39. Other top marks from his collegiate career include 4:16.42 in the mile, 8:23.87 in the 3K and 14:42.67 in the 5K.
Fairley was recognized by the USTFCCCA as Central Region Men's Cross Country and Outdoor Track & Field Athlete of the Year as a senior. He was also named USTFCCCA NCAA Division III Men's Cross Country National Athlete of the Week on Sept. 6, 2017, following his victory at the season-opening Dutch Invitational.
Fairley, who graduated from Central College with a bachelor's degree in exercise science and 3.825 GPA in 2018, earned numerous academic accolades as well. He was a 2018 CoSIDA Academic All-American in and was named 2018 USTFCCCA NCAA Division III Men's Outdoor Track Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
A native of Dubuque, Iowa, Fairley was awarded an NCAA postgraduate scholarship of $7,500. He is currently pursuing a master's degree in sports management at Liberty.