Appalachian State head coach Scott Satterfield has agreed to a deal to become Louisville’s next head coach, first reported by Jake Lourim of the Louisville Courier-Journal.
After Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm turned down Louisville’s offer last Wednesday, Satterfield emerged as the frontrunner on Vince Tyra’s shortlist for head coaching candidates. Potential candidates such as Utah State’s Matt Wells and Georgia defensive coordinator Mel Tucker were also connected to the Louisville head coaching job, but have taken Power Five jobs at Texas Tech and Colorado, respectively.
Satterfield was a popular candidate to replace Larry Fedora at North Carolina, but the Tar Heels chose to hire Mack Brown instead. This allowed Satterfield to be the heavy favorite for the Louisville job over the past week.
Prior to signing his deal with Louisville, Satterfield has been a longtime staple at Appalachian State. Satterfield was a quarterback at the school from 1991-1995, later becoming an assistant under legendary head coach Jerry Moore from 1998-2008. During his stint as an assistant, Satterfield was a part of Appalachian State’s national championship teams from 2005-2007, which also includes the historic 2007 upset of #5 Michigan in Ann Arbor. Satterfield was also the offensive coordinator at Florida International when they upset Louisville in 2011, before returning to Appalachian State.
Satterfield took over after longtime head coach Jerry Moore left the program. Satterfield oversaw Appalachian State’s transition from FCS to FBS, and has since brought home three straight Sun Belt Conference titles. Satterfield’s teams have come close against Power 5 competition, nearly pulling off a road upset against Tennessee in 2016 and going to overtime at Penn State in 2018.
The U of L Board of Trustees are set to meet tomorrow at 4 p.m. to presumably finalize the contract, with a press conference at 4:30 p.m. at Cardinal Stadium.