Molyneaux tabbed to replace Fairbairn
Winnetka IL Thursday 8/9/07 Wes Molyneaux a new science teacher at New Trier High School and also a New Trier Alumni is in a science class room of the high school on Thursday, August 9. Ren Edde/Staff Photographer
Updated: January 16, 2013 2:53PM
New Trier announced Tuesday that Wes Molyneaux, a 2000 graduate and former player for the Trevians, will take over for Craig Fairbairn as the school’s boys soccer coach.
“As Craig contemplated retirement, it’s been in the back of my mind,” said Molyneaux, who lives in Northfield and is a science teacher at New Trier. “I have been preparing for this position by talking to all the coaches in the program, boys and girls, trying to figure out all the things that go into being a head coach.
“I know I don’t know everything right now, and I am not afraid to admit that.”
Molyneaux has been a varsity assistant under Fairbairn, who retired after the fall season, since 2005. During that time, the Trevians won two state championships and took third place once.
Molyneaux was content with his current assignment and could have seen himself as an assistant for several more years.
“I don’t think I was willing to leave New Trier for a head job,” he said. “I won’t say never I never would have, but I love coaching and teaching here.”
As a player at New Trier, Molyneaux was a two-year starter and helped the Trevians to third place in 1999 during his senior season. He then played in college at DePauw.
Molyneaux, who also coaches the JV girls in the spring, inherits a team that returns both of its goalies, two starting defenders and a starting forward.