Fore Note: Marcus Satterfield is the son of 3rd District Commissioner, Bill Satterfield.
Marcus Satterfield introduced as
Tennessee Tech head football coach
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – As offensive coordinator at Temple University, Marcus Satterfield played a large role during the past three years in turning around a struggling program, helping lift the Owls to a conference divisional championship, 10-win season, first Top 25 ranking in 36 years, and bowl appearance.
Now Satterfield, 39, is increasing his wingspan. Stepping away from his post with the Owls, Satterfield was named Monday morning as head coach of the Tennessee Tech University Golden Eagles.
Joined by his wife, Sarah, and daughter, Harper, Satterfield was introduced at a press conference on campus, becoming the 12th head football coach as the program heads into its 95th season in 2016.
"As a coach's son growing up in the state of Tennessee, and coaching in the state and the Ohio Valley Conference, I have always looked at Tennessee Tech as a possible landing spot for me," Satterfield said. "There is so much potential, not just for football, but also with the location, the tremendous academics, the support system that is in place, and the commitment from the administration.
"I couldn't be more excited about this opportunity," he said. "There are really good football players in the state of Tennessee, and there are already really good football players on campus. All the parts in a recipe to win are right there."
Tennessee Tech Director
of Athletics Mark Wilson introduced Satterfield at the press
Wilson added that Satterfield is an ideal fit for the future of the football program.
"Marcus is the son of a football coach, and from the sixth grade
on he knew he wanted to be a football coach," Wilson said. "He is an
excellent X's and O's coach, and he's a 'player's coach.' He comes
to Tennessee Tech with a great vision of how he wants to operate,
and where he wants to take Golden Eagle football."
His coaching career began with three seasons at Chattanooga,
first as a volunteer and one as a restricted earnings coach, before
one season as an assistant coach working with the wide receivers.
That success at Temple came just two seasons after the program won two games in 2013.
Leaving behind the program he helped build was difficult,
Satterfield said, but his focus has quickly turned to building the
Golden Eagle program.
"Whenever you put as much time and heart and passion into
rebuilding a program like we did at Temple, and working with a great
coaching staff and head coach like Matt (Rhule), it's hard to leave.
We worked really hard and we got to see an organization come
together and have success.
"Marcus Satterfield is a dynamic young coach who was integral in
our program going from two wins in 2013 to a 10-win team this
season. His leadership and vision will help guide Tennessee Tech to
excellence and success both on and off the football field," Rhule
"This off-season is critical, and the first thing our kids will
have to understand is that our first game starts January 19, when
the semester and classes start," he said. "We are going to commit
everything we have to helping our kids 'win' this first semester.
We'll strive for academic excellence, and that will be our main
focus. Before weights, before running, the focus of our staff and
team will be put into winning academically. The success in the
classroom in the first semester will catapult us into the summer.
Winning in the classroom will lead to winning on the field.