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Originally published: 2012-12-13 22:40:34
Last modified: 2012-12-13 22:40:34

Reports: Satterfield top of ASU's list

by Steve Behr Sports Editor

Multiple media outlets are reporting that Scott Satterfield is the leading candidate to be Appalachian State’s new head football coach, and could be approved for the job as early as Friday.

Any move to hire Satterfield must be approved by the school’s board of trustees. The board meets Friday morning.

Satterfield and ASU athletic director Charlie Cobb were not available for comment Thursday night.

The decision to hire Satterfield was reportedly made Thursday afternoon.

Satterfield replaces Jerry Moore, who was informed Dec. 2 that he would not return to be the program’s head coach after a 24-year tenure with the Mountaineers. Satterfield was named the interim coach in Moore’s place.

Satterfield, 39, was the team’s offensive coordinator last season. He returned to the team after coaching at two other programs the previous three seasons.

Satterfield was the passing coordinator at Toledo in 2009. He moved on to Florida International at the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 2010-11.

Satterfield returned to Appalachian State in 2012 as the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator. The Mountaineers went 8-4 last season and averaged 32.9 points and 464.0 yards per game.

He also was the quarterbacks coach for Richie Williams, who led the Mountaineers to the 2005 national title, and Armanti Edwards, who led ASU to its other two national championships. Edwards also won two Walter Payton Awards under Satterfield.

Satterfield made 27 starts at quarterback from 1992-95. He was named first-team All-Southern Conference in 1995 after passing for 1,461 yards and rushing for 649 to lead the Mountaineers to an 11-0 regular season and a 12-1 overall mark.

Satterfield worked his way up the coaching ranks at Appalachian State as an assistant. He coached wide receivers in 1998 before moving over to coach running backs from 1999-2002.

Satterfield became the quarterbacks coach in 2003 and stayed until 2008. He helped build an offense that was the key to winning three FCS national championships from 2005-08.

He also was the primary play-caller in Appalachian State’s 34-32 victory over Michigan in 2007.