Former Lexington High School football coach Jimmy Satterfield passes away
rom the Furman University of Sports Information Office
GREENVILLE - Jimmy Satterfield, 79, head coach of Furman University’s 1988 NCAA Division I-2A (FCS) National Championship football team and member of both Furman and South Carolina Athletic Halls of Fame, passed away Monday following a brief illness.
“It is truly a sad day for the Furman Football family with the passing of coach Jimmy Satterfield,” current Paladin head coach Clay Hendrix said. “He had an incredible impact on so many young men and sincerely cared about what kind of men, father, husbands, and citizens we would all become.
“As an offensive coach, he had one of the most creative minds I have ever been around. There are many things we continue to do today that Coach Satterfield had a hand in developing. On a personal note, he gave me my first coaching job when I was 24-years old and didn’t know anything. He also attended the press conference 29 years later when I became Furman’s head coach. Coach Satterfield loved his players and coaches, but what I will remember most about him was how much he loved his wife, kids, and family.”
A Lancaster native, Satterfield spent 21 years as a member of Furman’s coaching staff, serving as an assistant for 13 seasons (1973-85) and head coach for eight years (1986-93).
During his Furman tenure he played a key role in the program’s unparalleled success that included 16 winning seasons, nine Southern Conference Championships, and 1988 NCAA Division 1-2A national championship — the first by a SoCon school.
His 66-29-3 head coaching record ranks second in program history in winning percentage (.689).
He joined head coach Art Baker’s Furman staff as offensive backs coach in 1973 following a nine-year tenure at Eau Claire High School, where he was an assistant and head coach, and two seasons as head coach at Irmo High School.
Satterfield posted a 30-4-1 record at Eau Claire, claimed the 1970 South Carolina Upper State championship, and served as head coach of South Carolina’s Shrine Bowl team. He went 19-4 record in two seasons as head coach at Irmo High School before coming to Furman.
In 1978 he was named offensive coordinator under first-year Furman head coach Dick Sheridan and played a key role in the Paladins going 8-3 and winning the school’s first SoCon football title
Fueled by high powered offenses under Satterfield’s direction, Furman proceeded to claim five more league championships over the next seven seasons and reel off four consecutive wins over Division I foes South Carolina (1982), Georgia Tech (1983), and N.C. State (1984 & ‘85), in addition to advancing to the 1985 national championship game as part of a 12-2 season.
In 1986 he took over the head coaching reins and directed Furman to new heights, including SoCon titles in from 1988-90. The 1988 squad posted a then-school record 13 wins (13-2) en route to a national championship, capped by a 17-12 victory over Georgia Southern in Pocatello, Idaho, after which he was recognized as AFCA National Coach of the Year.
Following his Furman tenure, Satterfield served as head coach at Lexington High School from 1996-03. In 2000, the Wildcats played for the Class 4A Division I title.
Satterfield’s combined head coaching record spanning 21 seasons at the high school and collegiate level was 189-63-8.
Funeral arrangements were pending at presstime.