Scott Satterfield

Scott Satterfield has helped App State win 27 of its last 32 games.

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BOONE — Appalachian State announced a new contract for football coach Scott Satterfield on Friday.

The state board of governors on Thursday approved a five-year deal that runs through the 2021 season. Financial terms are expected to be available next week, after the paperwork has been finalized and made official. 

In October 2015, App State gave Satterfield a contract extension that would run through the 2020 season. Over the last two seasons, the Mountaineers have compiled records of 11-2 and 10-3 while winning two bowl games and sharing the 2016 Sun Belt Conference title.

“Appalachian is home, and it continues to be a dream realized to be the head coach at my alma mater, a place at which I have spent most of my life,” Satterfield said in a school-issued release.

Satterfield, 44, has spent 21 of the last 26 years at App State as a player or coach. He played quarterback for the Mountaineers from 1991-95, served as an assistant in Boone from 1998-2008 and returned to his alma mater as an assistant head coach in 2012.

Satterfield has posted a 32-18 record since becoming App State's head coach before its final FCS season in 2013. Now a member of the Sun Belt, the Mountaineers have gone 27-5 since starting 1-5 in their first FBS season.

The school's board of trustees approved the new contract in late March, and next step involved approval from the state.

“Scott Satterfield continues to take App State football to new heights,” director of athletics Doug Gillin said in the release. “In four seasons at App State, he has orchestrated one of the most successful transitions to FBS football and continues to build App State football for long-term sustainable success on a national level. ... As strong as Scott's on-field success has been at App, he also continues to raise the bar for our football program's performance in the classroom and its involvement in the community.

"Our last two football recruiting classes have averaged a 3.5 GPA, and we just achieved our highest fall semester GPA under Scott's leadership. Scott is truly building our program the right way.”

Given App State's success, Satterfield's name has been popular when jobs have opened at programs from bigger leagues, as Cincinnati expressed interest in him last year before hiring Ohio State defensive coordinator Luke Fickell.

According to the USA Today salary database, Satterfield ranked seventh last year among Sun Belt coaches in a "total pay" category that included a $400,000 base salary and $125,000 retention bonus. The pay total for his assistants ranked fifth in the league at $1,023,903.

The $525,000 total for Satterfield didn't include performance-related, academic-related, schedule-related and attendance-related bonuses that added up to at least $125,000 thanks to a season in which the Mountaineers played at Tennessee, set a home attendance record, won at least nine games, earned a share of the Sun Belt title and beat Toledo in the Camellia Bowl.

According to his old contract, Satterfield would have had a base salary of $425,000 for 2017 with a $125,000 retention bonus and $25,000 annual raise through 2020. That deal included a $425,000 buyout if Satterfield terminated his contract before the end of 2017, with the figure increasing $25,000 each of the next two years.