First year Louisville head coach Scott Satterfield has done an absolutely remarkable job of rebuilding the football program. He inherited a 2-10 team that was obliterated just about every game it took the field in 2018.
With largely the same talent, Scott Satterfield has taken the team from 2-10 to 6-4 in one offseason. The team is bowl eligible and can improve their bowl position with wins in their remaining 2 games.
The job Satterfield has done was bound to have his name listed for many Coach of the Year honors. Today, his name has been listed as a semifinalist for the George Munger Coach of the Year Award.
This award is presented by the Maxwell Football Club and given to the NCAA Division 1 Coach of the Year. It is an award that has been given annually since 1989. The inaugural winner was former Michigan coach, and coaching legend, Bo Schembechler. Last season’s winner was Army head coach Jeff Monken. Voters for the award include fellow NCAA head coaches, members of the Maxwell Football Club, and members of sports media.
This likely won’t be the last coaching award that Scott Satterfield finds himself in contention for. The turnaround he has overseen is prolific and has caught the attention of many national pundits.
To read more details about the award, when it will be voted on, and when the award will be presented read the press release from UofL below.
PRESS RELEASE FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT:
Satterfield Named A Semifinalist for the George Munger Coach of the Year
The first-year head coach has guided the Cardinals to a 6-4 record heading into Saturday’s game versus Syracuse.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville head coach Scott Satterfield is one of 22 semifinalists for the annual George Munger Collegiate Coach of the Year Award, announced by the Maxwell Football Club.
Taking over a team that went 2-10 last season, Satterfield has led Louisville to a 6-4 record this year, which is currently the top turnaround among Power 5 teams with two regular season games remaining before the postseason.
After going 0-8 in the Atlantic Coast Conference a year ago, Satterfield has guided the Cardinals to an impressive 4-3 record heading into Saturday’s final conference game versus Syracuse at 4 p.m. at Cardinal Stadium. With a win over the Orange, the Cardinals could post a second-place finish in league play.
Competing against one of the nation’s most difficult schedules, the Cardinals have played three ranked teams this year, including two in the top 10 in No. 9 Notre Dame and No. 3 Clemson. The Cardinals snapped a 10-game losing streak against ranked opponents, with a 62-59 win over No. 19 Wake Forest on Oct. 12. It was the first road win over a ranked opponent since a 38-35 win at West Virginia in 2011.
Under Satterfield, running back Javian Hawkins became the first running back to rush for over 1,000 yards in a season since 2010 with 1,045 yards — three yards short of breaking the school’s freshman rushing record.
Wide receiver Tutu Atwell, with 920 yards receiving, is closing in on becoming the first UofL wideout since 2007 to reach the 1,000-yard plateau.
Offensively, the Cardinals are one of the most explosive teams in the country, with 50 plays of 40 yards or more, including five touchdowns of 50 or more yards.
Semifinalist voting for the Maxwell Football Club Collegiate Coach of the Year award will begin on Thursday, Nov. 21st and close on Sunday, Dec.8th. The finalist round will include the top three coaches as selected in the semifinalist round. Finalist voting will open Dec.9th and run until Dec. 27th. The winner will be announced Dec. 29th.
The formal presentation of the George Munger Collegiate Coach of the Year Award will take place at the Maxwell Football Club’s National Awards Gala on Friday, March 6, 2020 at the Tropicana Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Eligible voters include Maxwell Football Club members, NCAA Head Football Coaches, Sports Information Directors and selected national media. Jeff Monken of Army-West Point was the 2018 winner of the award.
George Munger Semifinalists Coach of the Year
Troy Calhoun Air Force
Eli Drinkwitz Appalachian State
Matt Rhule Baylor
Bryan Harsin Boise State
Jim McElwain Central Michigan
Luke Fickell Cincinnati
Dabo Swinney Clemson
Dan Mullen Florida
Kirby Smart Georgia
Tom Allen Indiana
Scott Satterfield Louisville
Ed Orgeron LSU
Mike Norvell Memphis
P.J. Fleck Minnesota
Ken Niumatalolo Navy
Ryan Day Ohio State
Lincoln Riley Oklahoma
Mario Cristobal Oregon
James Franklin Penn State
Rocky Long San Diego State
Sonny Dykes SMU
Kyle Whittingham Utah