Jaron Fairman joined the Florida Atlantic staff in the Spring of 2017 as a player development assistant and was elevated to special teams coordinator in January of 2018. Fairman assumes a special teams unit that will replace both the starting placekicker and punter, but was ranked No. 8 nationally in kick return defense, No. 16 in net punting and No. 23 in punt return defense in 2017. Fairman is the first Owl assistant in the program’s 18 years of existence that will focus exclusively on the special teams unit.
Jaron Fairman served three seasons (2013-15) as a graduate assistant at USC working with the offense. During the 2014 season, USC’s offense was ranked in the nation’s top 25 in passing efficiency, passing offense, third down conversions and scoring offense in 2014.
In 2013 while working with the special teams, fullback Soma Vainuku made the All-Pac-12 First Team as a special teams player, and Nelson Agholor was an All-American Second Team member and All-Pac-12 Second Team pick as a punt returner. USC blocked six kicks, returned three punts for TDs in a game to tie an NCAA record and allowed no punt return yards in eight games.
Additional Coaching Experience
Fairman spent the 2012 season as an assistant at Crespi High in Encino (Calif.), handling the wide receivers and working with the special teams. In 2011, he was the wide receivers coach and special teams assistant at Western State College (now Western State Colorado University).
Fairman spent the previous three seasons (2008-10) as the wide receivers coach and special teams assistant at Nichols College. He also served as Nichols' offensive coordinator in 2010 after being the passing game coordinator in 2009.
Collegiate Playing Career
Fairman was a four-year letter winner (2003-06) as a wide receiver and special teams performer at Fresno State. He caught 46 passes for 572 yards (12.4 avg.) with six tourchdowns in his career. He was a team captain as a senior, catching 12 passes for 101 yards with a score in three contests before suffering a season-ending knee injury. He added 26 receptions for 348 yards (13.4 avg.) with two TDs in 2005 (the Bulldogs nearly upset top-ranked USC in the Coliseum that year) and eight catches for 123 yards (15.4 avg.) with three TDs in 2004. His five-yard rushing touchdown against Portland State in 2003 came just hours after his father, who was in town to watch the game, had passed away. He was twice named to the Western Athletic Conference All-Academic team. The Bulldogs played in four bowls during his collegiate career (2002, redshirt season, 2003 Silicon Valley Football Classics, 2004 MPC Computers Bowl and 2005 AutoZone Liberty Bowl), winning the first three.
High School Playing Career
Fairman, an All-State wide receiver and defensive back at South Hills High in West Covina, Calif., participated in the training camp for the Arena Football League's San Jose Sabercats following the completion of his bachelor's degree in health sciences and public health from Fresno State in 2007. He obtained his master's degree in communication at USC.
Born: Dec. 12, 1984
Hometown: West Covina, Calif.
Education: B.S. in Health Science and Public Health, Fresno State ’07; M.A. in Communication, USC