Notre Dame-Fairfield head football coach Chris Sadler has announced his resignation from the post after three seasons due to family commitments. Sadler met with the team on Thursday afternoon to tell them of his decision. Athletic Director Rob Bleggi will begin the search of a new head coach immediately.

“It has been an honor being the head football coach at Notre Dame of Fairfield and have put in a lot of hours, with the help of my assistant coaches, turning around the culture of Notre Dame football,” Sadler said in a statement released Thursday afternoon. “But I think it’s time to take that focus and put it back on my family. I hope over the past three seasons I have helped the football players at Notre Dame grow as young men and improve as athletes.

“I will miss the players and being around the game but look forward to spending more time in the fall with my daughter Caroline (5) and son C.J. (1). I want to thank Rob Bleggi, Jim Olayos, and Chris Cipriano for the trust they had in me and their support during my time at Notre Dame. I wish Notre Dame and the student-athletes good luck in the future.”

The Lancers went 4-6 this past season under Sadler after posting a 5-5 record in 2016, the first non-losing season in almost a decade. The Lancers went 3-7 in Sadler’s first year. Overall, his record was 12-18.

“Chris has done a fantastic job these past three seasons and along with his assistant coaches has put Notre Dame football on the right track,” Bleggi said. “I am very appreciative of the hard work and dedication he has shown turning around the Notre Dame football culture. I understand and respect his decision he has made and wish him and his family only the best in the future.”

Added principal Chris Cipriano: “I would like to personally thank Chris for all he has done for our football program as our head coach. His efforts have undoubtedly put ND football back on the map. He has made our student-athletes not only better football players but more importantly better young men. I wish him and his family good luck in the future.”