Cincinnati Announces Scott Satterfield as 43rd Head Football Coach

Zach Stipe

Zach Stipe

Associate AD / Communications

CINCINNATI – University of Cincinnati Director of Athletics John Cunningham announced on Monday that Scott Satterfield will be the 43rd head football coach at Cincinnati.

Satterfield holds a 76-48 record (.612) in 10 years as head coach at Louisville and Appalachian State, holding a winning mark in seven seasons in addition to a 4-1 record in bowl games. He led the Mountaineers to three straight conference titles and four bowl appearances from 2013 to 2018 before taking over the Cardinals in 2019.

Satterfield’s contract is a six-year deal, pending board approval and a background check. It will pay him $3.4 million in the first year with an annual raise of $100,000. The assistant coach football staff salary pool has risen to $7.25 million, making total compensation $10.65 million per year for the football coaching staff – the highest investment ever for Cincinnati football.

Employing an explosive offensive attack, he has led Louisville to three bowls in four seasons. He lifted the Cardinals up from a 2-10 campaign in 2018 to an 8-5 record in his first season in 2019.

A Durham, NC, native, Satterfield was the 2018 Sun Belt Coach of the Year at Appalachian State before earning 2019 ACC Coach of the Year honors after leading the Cardinals to a six-win improvement in his first year.

“Scott Satterfield is a proven winner, a relentless competitor and a culture builder,” Cunningham said. “He’s an innovative offensive mind and a leader who develops men on and off the field. He’s the perfect fit to grow this program and lead us into the Big 12 next season and beyond. I’m thrilled to welcome Scott, his wife, Beth , and their three children, Bryce, Isaac and Alli to Cincinnati.”

While at Louisville, he has compiled a 25-24 record and seen 32 players collect All-ACC honors. Three Cardinals have been selected in the first three rounds of the NFL Draft, as well.

In 2022, Satterfield led Louisville to a 7-5 mark and saw 13 players collect all-conference accolades. The Cardinals appeared in the College Football Playoff Rankings and beat two Top 25 teams.

“I am honored to be the next head coach at the University of Cincinnati and am looking forward to building on the winning tradition this program has had over the last 20 years,” Satterfield said. “My family and I have admired this university and athletic department from afar for many years. I’m excited to take Cincinnati into the Big 12 this fall and ready to compete for championships. I’m most looking forward to meeting the current team and Beginning to build relationships with these young men. We will hit the ground running today. Go Bearcats!”

Satterfield, who is 49, led Appalachian State from the FCS into the FBS as the head coach after serving as an assistant coach (1998-08) and quarterback for the Mountaineers (1991-95), helping lead his alma mater to three NCAA Division I FCS national titles and eight conference championships along the way.

Among his many career highlights in Boone, NC, he mentored Walter Payton Player of the Year and FCS All-American Armanti Edwards and helped lead the Mountaineers to the historic 34-32 upset at No. 5 Michigan to open the 2007 season.

He also spent one season as the passing game coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Toledo in 2009 and two seasons as the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at FIU in 2010-11.

Satterfield started 27 games for Appalachian State and collected first team all-conference in 1995. He graduated with a degree in physical education in 1996.

Satterfield and his wife, Beth, have a daughter, Alli, and two sons, Bryce and Isaac.

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