The head coaching search finally came to an end on Monday morning when Scott Satterfield was named the 43rd head coach in Cincinnati Bearcats history after a four-year coaching stint at Louisville.
Following a week of uncertainty within the program, the Bearcats hired Satterfield and reportedly signed a 6-year deal worth around $3.65 million annually. His salary will increase by $100,000 each year.
Satterfield spent the last four seasons at Louisville with a 25-24 record, three bowl appearances and a Music City Bowl victory. Prior to his time at Louisville, Satterfield was head coach at Appalachian State.
The North Carolina product played quarterback with Appalachian State from 1991-1995 before becoming wide receivers coach, quarterbacks coach, offensive coordinator and then moving to head coach in 2013.
Cincinnati Football: Scott Satterfield is named the Bearcats newest head coach
During six seasons at Appalachian State, the team went 51-24 with an undefeated 3-0 record in bowl games and three straight conference championships to cap off a trio of 10-win seasons at his alma mater.
Satterfield was named 2018 Sun Belt Coach of the Year at Appalachian State before taking home 2019 ACC Coach of the Year in his first year after leading Louisville to an impressive six-win improvement.
Cincinnati is scheduled to face Louisville later this month in the Fenway Bowl but Satterfield said he will not coach either team. The Cardinals went 7-5 this year with wins over Wake Forest and NC State.
Bearcats director of athletics John Cunningham was looking for a head coach with plenty of experience and recruiting prowess to lead the program into the Big 12 and Satterfield emerged as the final choice.
In a press conference on Monday, Satterfield talked about his decision to become the Bearcats coach and moving to the Big 12 per Cincinnati Athletics.
"“Today is about Cincinnati football and going into the Big 12. I’m extremely excited about that. I had an opportunity to meet the players today. I know they were apprehensive about who is our coach going to be but for me to go in there and see their faces, they’re hungry and excited. The one thing I told them we’re going to do is surround them with coaches that will help mentor them. We’re coming to Cincinnati with a program that is used to winning and I want to be apart of that. We understand we’re going into a new era in the Big 12. There are some great teams in that conference and we look forward to competing with them.”"