The Board of Trustees at Appalachian State have approved the athletic department’s decision to extend the contract of Scott Satterfield as the Mountaineers’ head football coach. Satterfield has done a masterful job with the transition to the FBS. App State has immediately become one of the perennial powers in the Sun Belt. With a record of 28-10 since moving up from the FCS level, this was an easy decision to make. The Mountaineers are fresh off back-to-back double-digit win seasons and capped each of those of with Camellia Bowl victories.
After struggling to a 4-8 record their last year in FCS, the Mountaineers have been a wonderful addition to the Sun Belt as they’ve collected three straight winning seasons and have been in the hunt for a conference championship the last two years. We won’t know the details of the pay until next week, but the hope here is that this extension will help scare off some of the P5 programs who might try to poach Satterfield away in the upcoming years.
Boone, North Carolina is really all Satterfield has known during his football career as he played QB for the Mountaineers from 1991-1995 and was an assistant from 1998-2008. After a quick stops at Toledo and FIU, Satterfield returned to Boone as the offensive coordinator and was promoted to head coach after one season.
According to S&P, App State has performed very well in the Satterfield era. After debuting at 92nd overall in 2014, the Mountaineers put up back-to-back 40th overall finishes. Their offense peaked at 50th in 2015, while the defense climbed all the way to 27th in 2016. With this kind of balance, you have to believe that Appalachian State is well suited for the future. The Mountaineers have to like their position in the Sun Belt with Satterfield calling the shots.