Satterfield voted new ASU football head coach
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
Appalachian State athletic director Charlie Cobb needed less than two weeks to decide that the best candidate to take over the ASU football program already lived in town.
The Mountaineers promoted Scott Satterfield to be the program’s new head coach. Appalachian State’s board of trustees unanimously approved the move this morning during a closed session. A news conference introducing Satterfield to the media is at 4 p.m. today.
Satterfield, 39, is an Appalachian State graduate and former quarterback. He was the team’s offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach and assistant head coach during the 2012 season.
“Scott has been successful in every role that he has filled during his 15-year coaching career and obviously has great familiarity and love for Appalachian State,” Cobb said in a news release. “His enthusiasm, energy and ability to coach young men in both football and life is second to none. During the interview process, he impressed the search committee with his vision for Appalachian State football and his plan to implement that vision on and off the field. I am confident that with coach Satterfield leading our football program, Appalachian will maintain its unrivaled success for years to come.”
Satterfield coached at ASU from 1998-2008 as a running backs coach, receivers coach and quarterbacks coach. He left ASU to be the passing coordinator at Toledo in 2009 and then went to Florida International to be the offensive coordinator from 2010-11.
He returned to ASU in January, 2012.
“He was a very impressive candidate,” Appalachian State chancellor Kenneth Peacock said. “I was part of the search process and he came in the room and you could see this young man wanted this job. He has a plan and has great ideas.”
Satterfield replaces Jerry Moore, whose contract was not renewed following the 2012 season. Satterfield played quarterback for Moore from 1992-95. In his senior season, Satterfield threw for 1,461 yards and ran for 649 in leading the Mountaineers to a 12-1 overall record, 11-0 during the regular season.
Last season, Appalachian State’s offense averaged 32.9 points and 464.0 yards per game. Appalachian State finished 8-4 this season, and received a bye in the first round of the FCS playoffs.
The Mountaineers lost 38-37 in overtime to Illinois State after the Redbirds blocked a potential game-tying extra point.
Peacock also was impressed on Satterfield’s attitude towards academics.
“He’s focused on the academics part, and that really caught my attention,” Peacock said. “He had a plan on how to make that go about and that they stayed for the primary reason for being at Appalachian — that his student-athletes would be focused on their studies.”
Satterfield also coached two of the Mountaineers’ top quarterbacks in Richie Williams from 2002-05, and Armanti Edwards from 2006-09. Edwards won two Walter Payton Awards, which are given to the top player in the FCS.
“I feel great about hiring Scott,” said Avery Hall, a member of the board of trustees and former All-American defensive lineman at ASU. “The first thing that people are going to say is that he’s young, but he’s seasoned. He’s done a great job and he will do a great job.”
There were five finalists for the job, including former ASU, and current Arkansas assistant Tim Horton.