LOUISVILLE (WHAS11) – Appalachian State’s head football coach Scott Satterfield has accepted the Louisville head coaching position. His contract is for six years and $3.25 million a year.
Satterfield, 45, is a North Carolina native who has led his alma mater App State since 2013. The Mountaineers are 9-2 this season, and Satterfield has taken the Mountaineers to three straight bowl games, nearly upsetting several power conference teams.
"The culture and high integrity he's brought to Appalachian state he will bring to the University of Louisville, that won't change. I'm comfortable with that, we've had a lot of discussion and his references say so. The strong discipline that he has on and off the field is certainly something that we needed, its creating accountability and I believe that we have that as well," Vince Tyra, the UofL Athletic Director, said.
Satterfield said this coaching position is the job he wanted.
"It's what dreams are made of for me, and this is incredible. It proves the point that if you work your tail off and have a great attitude every single day then your dreams can be met and will come true, cause I'm living that dream right now at the University of Louisville, it's unbelievable," Satterfield said.
Previously a quarterback at App State in the ‘90s, Satterfield was a quarterback coach and offensive coordinator at his alma mater before taking a head coaching job. Satterfield has gone 50-24 as a head coach and finished the last three seasons either in sole possession or tied for first in the Sun Belt Conference.
In both the 2016 and 2017 season, the Mountaineers rose to national prominence as they marked the fewest points allowed in conference play in the FBS and ranked second in the nation in fewest sacks allowed, respectively. This year, the Mountaineers rank in the top 50 in the NCAA in both total offense and total defense. App State's defense is third in the nation and their rushing offense is 14th.
Satterfield is married and has three children.
"He is a great family man, has high moral and integrity," Tyra said.
The new head football coach said in the coming days they would be working to put a staff together.
UofL Athletics had been searching for a new head coach since they fired Bobby Petrino in November after a 2-8 season.
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