App State deals with hurricane

Scott Satterfield is happy to be the head football coach at Appalachian State.

BOONE — There is a chance that Appalachian State head football coach Scott Satterfield could be approached with an offer from a wealthy “Power Five” conference program to be its head coach — maybe at the end of this year.

Successful coaches, especially on the “Group of Five” level, can expect it. Should Satterfield’s Mountaineers run the table in the Sun Belt Conference this season – and who’s to say they can’t – Satterfield’s name likely will come up.

Appalachian State took a pre-emptive strike to keep Satterfield in Boone by extending his contract to 2023 on Sept. 21.

Financial terms were not announced by the university, but Satterfield said on a conference call that he is ready to move on with the rest of the season.

“It’s really a piece of mind and it helps the whole program,” Satterfield said. “It helps everything settle down and we’ll just continue to move forward. I’m very blessed to be able to stay.”

Satterfield, after getting off to a slow start when he took over the program in 2013 with a 4-8 record, has led Appalachian State to three straight bowl victories in his last three seasons with the Mountaineers and has a 43-23 record in his six years in charge.

One more 10-plus wins season at App State, coupled with a bowl victory – and he’s had two already – and Satterfield is likely to be a popular choice with Group of Five boosters, particularly in the Southeast.

It would not be the first time. He listened when Cincinnati came sniffing around Kidd Brewer Stadium in 2016, but the Bearcats looked down Interstate 71 to Ohio State and hired Luke Fickell.

Still, it will probably not be an easy decision for Satterfield to leave, even if he gets an offer that is just too good to refuse. Satterfield is a former quarterback at Appalachian State who has spent 23 years playing, being an assistant coach and a head coach at App State. Satterfield is happy coaching in Boone. He and his wife Beth are both App State graduates, and their three children, Bryce, Isaac and Alli, attend Watauga High School.

Until his situation changes, he’s happy to coach at App State.

“I’ve just approached every year to do the best you can,” he said. “In the coaching profession, it’s really unheard of to be able to stay in one place. I approach it every year the same way, to do the very best job you can do and at the end of the season, see what’s out there. To be here 23 years is incredible. I’ve got a wife and three kids — it’s a dream come true. You don’t really think about it. You just take it year by year.”

Satterfield isn’t blind to the way things work in college football. He knows that jobs open in power conferences every season, but he has said in the past he would want to coach at a university that gives its full support for its football team.

Until that position opens up, he’s got the rest of the 2018 season to coach. The Mountaineers’ next game is at Sun Belt Conference power Arkansas State on Tuesday, Oct. 9. The Mountaineers return home to host Louisiana on Saturday, Oct. 20.

“I’m just very appreciative and humbled to be the head coach here,” Satterfield said. “I’ve always felt that way and we just approach it every day and do the best we can.”

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