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Coach Scott Satterfield of Louisville has surrounded himself with staffers from his App State days.

Scott Satterfield’s on-field tenure as a Power Five coach started Monday.

The Louisville coach opened spring practices with his new program after six seasons of coaching at Appalachian State, his alma mater.

Practices this week not only kicked off the 2019 season, but it allowed Satterfield to roll out his full Cardinals support staff for the first time. To no surprise, it’s peppered with many connections to the Mountaineers.

Excluding Satterfield, there are 18 people around Louisville football that either played, graduated, worked of did any combination of the three at App State throughout the years.

Some moves were more publicized than others. Take Satterfield’s coaching staff for example. That alone has six guys with App State connections, five of which followed Satterfield directly from Boone to Louisville.

He took both his defensive coordinator and passing game coordinator in Bryan Brown and Frank Ponce, respectively. Ponce coaches quarterbacks for the Cardinals.

Satterfield also carried defensive line coach Mark Ivey, inside linebackers coach Dale Jones and running backs coach/special teams coordinator Stu Holt with him. Holt still coaches the special teams, but he is the tight ends coach as well.

Louisville’s offensive coordinator Dwayne Ledford is also a former Mountaineers assistant. He coached the offensive line from 2012 to 2015 and helped Appalachian win the first bowl game in school history (a 31-28 win against Ohio in the Camellia Bowl) before taking a job with N.C. State.

Nic Cardwell, a former App State tight end and the Mountaineers tight ends coach last year, took an offensive quality control position at Louisville.

Equally important hires for a college football coach are the director of football operations and the strength and conditioning coach. Satterfield took two important fixtures of his App State program with him in Josh Thompson and Mike Sirignano.

Thompson, an App State grad, returned to App State in 2009 as director of team services. He was promoted to assistant athletics director of football and equipment operations in 2014. Sirignano joined App State in 2014 as director of strength and conditioning, later elevating to become the assistant athletics director for athletic performance.

Sirignano brought former App State assistant strength and conditioning coach Geoff Stanford along with him to Louisville.

Another App State graduate, Tyler McEntire, is one of the Cardinals two recruiting coordinators. McEntire helped App State’s video operations as an undergrad. He also served as a student assistant coach and an offensive graduate assistant before going to Virginia Tech as a recruiting GA. He returned to App State in 2015 as director of high school relations before working with App State tight ends as a grad assistant. He went to N.C. State in 2016 as director of creative media.

Satterfield’s quality control coaches and graduate assistants groups are filled with former App State guys. Defensive quality control coach Eric McDaniel was with App State in the same capacity for two years before leaving Boone before the 2018 season.

Louisville’s four listed graduate assistants — Phillip Hicks, Zeb Speir, David Stuckman and Pete Thomas — were all around Kidd Brewer Stadium last season.

Speir is one of three recent Mountaineers players in Louisville. Speir was a backup quarterback and key signal caller for App State, his career spanning 2016 to 2018.

MyQuon Stout, a nose tackle for App State from 2015 to 2018 who started 38 games in the last three seasons, is a strength and conditioning temp.

And lastly, Louisville will have a fifth graduate assistant that hasn’t been officially been added yet. Tony Washington, a former Mountaineers wide receiver, will also join the program. Washington played with the Mountaineers from 2010 to 2013. He finished with 139 receptions, which are the eighth-highest amount in school history, and 1,837 yards receiving.

Washington had a three-year NFL career before becoming an offensive quality control coach for East Carolina in 2018.

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