Scott Satterfield, who has spent 18 of the last 23 years at Appalachian State University as a student-athlete and coach, is in his second year at the helm of Appalachian State’s football program.
Satterfield has enjoyed success at every stop of his 21-year playing and coaching career, most notably in his 18 seasons at Appalachian State. In his 18 seasons as a player (1991-95), assistant coach (1998-2008, 2012) and now head coach, he has helped lead the Mountaineers to three national titles, eight Southern Conference championships and played a large role in virtually re-writing the program’s offensive record book.
Despite posting an un-Appalachian State-like 4-8 record in 2013, the program showed signs of promise in Satterfield’s first season at the helm. 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 future Sun Belt Conference rival Georgia Southern. Appalachian’s only losses during the five-game stretch run were a hard-fought 35-28 defeat at the hands of SoCon co-champion Chattanooga and a 45-6 loss at Georgia, a game that the Mountaineers led early and trailed just 17-6 late in the third quarter.
Other bright spots in Satterfield’s first season as a head coach included quarterback Kameron Bryant, who set school records for single-season completion percentage (.712) and passing yards by a sophomore (2,713) despite not making his debut as a starter until the fifth game of the season and running back Marcus Cox, who set Appalachian State freshman records with 1,250 rushing yards and 21 total touchdowns as a true freshman.
Utilizing a 3-4 scheme installed by new defensive coordinator Nate Woody, Appalachian’s defense was also an improved unit in Satterfield’s first season at the helm, as the Mountaineers surrendered fewer points, rushing yards and total yards than they did in 2012.
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.
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 player 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 is the 20th head football coach in Appalachian State history and the sixth alumnus to 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).
“I am thrilled to be the head coach at Appalachian State,” Satterfield said. “It’s an honor, a privilege and the culmination of a dream that I have had since I came to Appalachian as a walk-on player in 1991. My goal is to carry on the championship tradition that Appalachian has established on the field, in the classroom and in the community over nearly nine decades, especially in the 24 years under my mentor, Jerry Moore. It’s great to be a Mountaineer!”
SATTERFIELD AT A GLANCE
Full name: Fredric Scott Satterfield
Birthdate: Dec. 21, 1972 (41 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/quarterbacks)
2012: Appalachian State (assistant head coach/offensive coordinator/quarterbacks)
2013-14: Appalachian State (head coach)