By Rick Bozich
WDRB Sports

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- After dominating the Sun Belt Conference at Appalachian State the last four seasons, Scott Satterfield embraced his next coaching challenge Wednesday, accepting the University of Louisville football head coaching position.

Satterfield agreed to a six-year contract worth $3.25 million per year, including base salary and compensation.

Satterfield is 45 years old. In six seasons as the Appalachian State head coach, Satterfield’s record was 51-24. But over the last four seasons the Mountaineers have gone 40-11, winning the Sun Belt title this season after winning a share of the league championship in 2016 and 2017.

His teams are respected for their trademark powerful running attack and a defensive unit that has ranked among the Top 30 nationally in yardage allowed the last four seasons.

Although he was the school’s second choice after athletic director Vince Tyra was turned down by Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm last week, Satterfield has earned national respect because of his team’s hard-nosed style of play, which was even evidenced in a game the Mountaineers lost — 45-38 in overtime at Penn State on Sept. 1.

Satterfield is a native of Hillsbrough, N.C., who started 27 games at quarterback for Appalachian State from 1992-95. He began his coaching career by working with the wide receivers run in 1998 at App State, where he has worked for 18 of the last 21 seasons.

He earned a base salary of $712,500 this season, with the opportunity to earn another $295,000 in bonuses. 

Appalachian State defeated Louisiana-Lafayette, 30-19, to win the Sun Belt title Saturday. The Mountaineers will play Middle Tennessee in the New Orleans Bowl on Dec. 15.

Tyra began his coaching search on Nov. 11 after he fired Bobby Petrino with two games remaining in the Cards’ 2-10 season.

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