Appalachian State head coach Scott Satterfield has agreed to become the next head coach at Louisville, according to a report from the Courier Journal. See the tweet at the bottom of the article.
After his playing career ended there in 1995, Satterfield joined the coaching Appalachian State coaching staff in 1998, first coaching the wide receivers before moving to running backs and then quarterbacks. In 2009, Satterfield left for the quarterbacks job at Toledo, spent the 2010-11 seasons at FIU, and returned to his alma mater in 2011 as offensive coordinator.
Satterfield took over as head coach in 2013, taking over for Jerry Moore who led the program to prominence over 24 seasons, and in his first season they finished a disappointing 4-8. But ever since then, App State has been on a roll, going 7-4 in their first year as an FBS member and member of the Sun Belt. In the years that have followed they've rattled off records of 11-2, 10-3, 9-4 and they just put the finishing touches on a 10-2 season heading into their bowl destination with their 30-19 win over Louisiana Lafayette (their second meeting of the year) in the conference title game today. Among those two losses this season was a season opening OT loss to Penn State that caught the attention of the entire country.
Since joining the FBS ranks in 2014, Satterfield has led his program at App State to conference titles three times now, and also has an impressive undefeated mark in bowl games as well at 3-0.
Overall, Satterfield holds an overall record of 51-24, with a 38-10 mark in Sun Belt play. That's really impressive for a program that was playing FCS ball back in 2013.
After wrapping up the Sun Belt title, Satterfield was asked about job speculation at his post game presser.
The Louisville search initially targeted Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm, who went to high school in Louisville, played quarterback for the Cardinals, and later served as offensive coordinator, but Brohm ultimately decided to stay in West Lafayette.
In Satterfield, Louisville is getting a guy that obviously feels it's a unique enough opportunity for him to leave a place he's been so loyal to for so long, and a place that is clearly special to him. His offenses have been known to give even the toughest of defenses fits (they currrently average over 37 ppg, good for 16th nationally), and their defense has been really impressive this season, ranking 5th nationally in scoring defense at just over 15 ppg. Satterfield is a well rounded coach that is a proven winner and while Louisville is going to present some challenges, in a young head coaching career, Satterfield has proven to have the track record to get things back on track.
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