By Paul T. Choate
Dec. 3, 2012. With legendary head coach Jerry Moore now out at Appalachian State, it is going to take a lot to fill his shoes. But – for now at least – that is exactly what interim head coach Scott Satterfield will be trying to do.
Prior to Satterfield taking charge, Moore compiled a 215-87 record in 24 seasons at ASU, including 10 Southern Conference championships, 18 postseason appearances and three-straight NCAA Division I FCS/I-AA national titles (2005-07).
Now, with Satterfield at the helm, the program will look to find their new identity in the post-Moore era. It is not certain whether or not Satterfield will actually be the head coach at the start of next season, however. According to the university, Satterfield will serve as Appalachian State’s interim head coach while a nationwide search is conducted for the 20th head coach in program history.
Satterfield has spent 16 years with ASU as a player (1992-95) and coach (1998-2008, 2012). It was announced in January 2012 that Satterfield was returning to the program. He left ASU to be the passing coordinator for Toledo in 2009 and then spent 2010-11 as the offensive coordinator at Florida International. During the 2012 season, he was the first coach to hold the title of assistant head coach in Moore’s 24 years at ASU and the Mountaineers’ first official offensive coordinator since Rob Best held the title from 1989-2002.
Satterfield boasts an impressive resume. During his only season with Toledo, the Rockets were No. 20 nationally in passing yards and No. 14 in total offense with 438.3 yards per game. While at Florida International, he led the Golden Panthers to their first bowl game in school history.
At ASU, Satterfield mentored wide receivers (1998), running backs (1999-2002) and quarterbacks (2003-08). He was an integral part of the team’s transition from a power-I to a spread offense during the 2004 season and was on the coaching staff during all three national championships that followed.
As ASU’s quarterback coach, Satterfield was a mentor to two of the best quarterbacks in recent history – Richie Williams and Armanti Edwards. He coached both men to all-American recognition and Edwards additionally won back-to-back Walter Payton awards.
During Satterfield’s playing career at ASU, he made 27 starts at quarterback. He earned first-team all-conference honors as a senior when he passed for 1,461 yards and rushed for another 649 in route to the Mountaineers’ only undefeated regular season in program history (11-0).
Though the school plans a national search for a new head coach of the Mountaineers, they can look at their own interim head coach and find a man with an impressive resume who was groomed, both as a player and a coach, under the legendary Coach Moore.
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