Scott Satterfield has enjoyed success at every stop of his 23-year playing and coaching career, most notably in his 21 years at Appalachian State University. Now in his fourth season as Appalachian State’s head coach, Satterfield is taking the Mountaineers to new heights as the Apps have made the move to the FBS level in record setting fashion, leading App to a Sun Belt record 11 wins in the program’s first bowl eligible season and, now, capturing the 2016 Sun Belt Conference Championship.
With a 20-4 record in three seasons in the Sun Belt, back-to-back bowl appearances, and a conference championship, Satterfield has quickly established App State as one of the premiere programs, not only in the Sun Belt, but across all the Group of Five Conferences. The Mountaineers are also 25-5 against G5 opponents in their three seasons at the FBS level under Satterfield.
App State’s 11 victories in 2015 were the most ever by a program in its first season of bowl eligibility after completing the transition from I-AA/FCS to I-A/FBS and, with a bowl win this season, App has a chance to become the first team to win back-to-back bowl games in their first two eligible seasons in transitioning to FBS.
App put together one of the statistically complete seasons in league history in 2016. The Apps allowed 94 points in conference play, the fewest allowed in conference play in the FBS this season, and were third nationally in interceptions (20). The Mountaineers finished 7-1 in league play, leading the conference in Scoring Defense (17.0 ppg), Total Defense (326.0), Rushing Offense (245.6 ypg), and Turnover Margin (+8), and Time of Possession (33:25). In conference play, App led the league in Total Offense (452.5 ypg).
Accolades rolled in following the 2016 season as running back Jalin Moore captured Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Year honors, leading the Sun Belt in rushing. Freshman Clifton Duck was named the Sun Belt Freshman of the Year, also earning First Team All-Sun Belt honors as App led the way with 12 All-Sun Belt selections. Senior Marcus Cox had the season’s crowning achievement, breaking the school’s career rushing record on a 25-yard TD run on Senior Day.
App’s 2016 success was an extension of the Mountaineers historic 11-2 season in 2015. In the program’s first bowl appearance, the Mountaineers’ downed Ohio, 31-29, in the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl on a field goal with no time remaining after App State’s nine-play, 73-yard drive over the final 107 seconds culminated in a Zach Matics’ 23-yard game-winning field goal. Appalachian is the first team to win a bowl game in its initial season as a full-fledged FBS squad.
The Mountaineers ranked among the Sun Belt’s top two in 19 of the league’s 33 statistical categories during the season. Thirteen Mountaineers earned all-Sun Belt recognition under Satterfield’s tutelage in 2015, including a league-high-tying five first-team honorees and the conference’s Defensive Student-Athlete of the Year, defensive end Ronald Blair.
Appalachian State’s historic 2015 campaign came on the heels of a breakout season in 2014, when Satterfield led the Mountaineers to an impressive 7-5 record in their first full season in the NCAA Division I FBS ranks. The 7-5 mark in 2014 included a six-game winning streak to close the season, all in Sun Belt play.
Despite fielding only two senior starters, Appalachian State excelled on both sides of the ball in 2014, ranking among the Sun Belt’s top three teams in 14 of the league’s 33 official statistical categories. Most notably, the Mountaineers led the Sun Belt in total defense by allowing just 347.5 yards per game, a mark that was 53 yards per game less than they allowed in their final FCS campaign in 2013. The Mountaineers also ranked third in the conference in scoring offense (35.7 points per game) and ranked second in both rushing offense (241.8 ypg) and rushing defense (152.3 ypg).
Eleven of Satterfield’s Mountaineers earned all-Sun Belt recognition in their first year in the conference, highlighted by first-team honorees Kendall Lamm and Doug Middleton and Sun Belt Freshman of the Year Taylor Lamb.
The program showed signs of promise in Satterfield’s first season at the helm in 2013, despite posting an un-Appalachian State-like 4-8 record. The short-handed Mountaineers struggled to a 1-6 start but rebounded to win three of their final five games, including a 38-14 rout over SoCon and future Sun Belt Conference-rival Georgia Southern.
In all, Appalachian State is 31-18 (entering the 2016 Camellia Bowl) in Satterfield’s four seasons at the helm, including a 20-4 record in Sun Belt play with three finishes in the Top 3 of the Sun Belt standings in as many seasons, including the 2016 title. .
Satterfield was named Appalachian State’s 20th head coach on Dec. 14, 2012. He is only the sixth Appalachian alumnus to ever serve in the role, joining Graydon Eggers ‘24 (1928), Francis Hoover ‘40 (1945), Press Mull ‘47 (1951), Bob Broome ‘40 (1956-58) and Carl Messere ‘61 (1965-70).
After a three-year stint away from his alma mater, Satterfield returned to Appalachian State in January 2012 as the Mountaineers’ assistant head coach, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Despite inheriting a unit that managed just 390.2 yards per game in 2011 (Appalachian’s lowest production in eight seasons), lost three players that would go on to play in the NFL and returned only five starters, the Mountaineer offense flourished under Satterfield’s direction in 2012. Appalachian State ranked among the nation’s top 25 in total offense, passing efficiency, passing yardage and scoring and, for the first time in school history, produced a 3,000-yard passer, 1,000-yard rusher and 1,000-yard receiver in the same season.
Prior to his return to Appalachian, Satterfield spent one season as the passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Toledo (2009) and two as the offensive coordinator at Florida International (2010-11).
In his only season at Toledo, the Rockets ranked 20th nationally in passing (278.5 yards per game) and 14th in total offense (438.3 ypg), averages that were 89 and 104 yards better than the season prior to his arrival.
In two seasons at FIU, Satterfield helped lead the Golden Panthers to the first two bowl appearances in school history, including a victory over Toledo in the 2010 Little Caesars Bowl. After going 3-9 and averaging 321 yards of offense the year prior to his arrival, FIU won 15 games and averaged 380 yards in Satterfield’s two seasons as offensive coordinator.
In 17 seasons as an Appalachian State player (1991-95) and assistant coach (1998-2008, 2012), he helped lead the Mountaineers to three NCAA Division I FCS national titles, eight conference championships and played a large role in virtually re-writing the program’s offensive record book.
Before his first three seasons in the NCAA Division I FBS ranks, Satterfield spent the first 11 seasons of his coaching career at Appalachian State, mentoring the Mountaineers’ wide receivers (1998), running backs (1999-2002) and quarterbacks (2003-08). He was an integral part of Appalachian’s transition from a power-I to a spread offense in 2004 and the five record-setting offensive campaigns that followed.
With Satterfield serving as the Mountaineers’ primary play-caller, Appalachian ranked among the nation’s top 20 in the five major offensive statistical categories (scoring, rushing, passing, passing efficiency and total offense) 17 out of a possible 25 times from 2004-08, highlighted by an explosive 2007 campaign when the Mountaineers led the nation with a school-record 488.3 yards of total offense per game.
As Appalachian State’s quarterbacks coach, Satterfield has overseen the development of the most prolific signal-callers in school history. Most notably, he coached both Richie Williams (2003-05) and Armanti Edwards (2006-08) to all-America recognition and was Edwards’ mentor for the first of his back-to-back Walter Payton Awards (NCAA Division I FCS Player of the Year) in 2008. Prior to coaching the Mountaineers’ quarterbacks, Satterfield also mentored a 1,000-yard rusher (Jimmy Watkins — 2001) and the 11th-leading rusher in school history (Jerry Beard — 2000-02).
As a student-athlete at Appalachian, Satterfield made 27 starts at quarterback from 1992-95 after redshirting as a true freshman in 1991. He earned first-team all-conference recognition as a senior in 1995 after passing for 1,461 yards and rushing for 649 more to help lead the Mountaineers to the only undefeated, untied regular season in school history (11-0) and a 12-1 final record. He graduated from Appalachian State with a B.S. in physical education in 1996.
Satterfield and his wife, Beth, a former track-and-field student-athlete at Appalachian, reside in Boone and have three children — sons, Bryce and Isaac, and daughter, Alli.
SATTERFIELD AT A GLANCE
Full name: Fredric Scott Satterfield
Birthdate: Dec. 21, 1972 (42 years old)
Hometown: Hillsborough, N.C.
High School: Orange H.S., 1991
College: Appalachian State, 1996 (B.S., physical education)
Wife: Beth (Burleson)
Sons: Bryce and Isaac
1991-95: Appalachian State (quarterback)
1998: Appalachian State (wide receivers)
1999-2002: Appalachian State (running backs)
2003-08: Appalachian State (quarterbacks)
2009: Toledo (passing game coordinator/quarterbacks)
2010-11: Florida International (offensive coordinator/QBs)
2012: Appalachian State (assistant head coach/off. coord/QBs)
2013-present: Appalachian State (head coach)