Scott Satterfield has been a busy man in the first few days of the New Year. The program made it official on Friday afternoon with four new hires.
–Cort Dennison, co-defensive coordinator/outside linebackers coach
–Stephen Field, director of recruiting
–Chad Scott, running backs coach
–Dale Jones, inside linebackers coach
Check out the press releases below with all the info you need on each new staff member.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Cort Dennison and Stephen Field, former members of the University of Louisville football staff, are returning to the Cardinals for new head coach Scott Satterfield.
Dennison will serve as the co-defensive coordinator and outside linebackers coach, while Field has been tabbed the director of recruiting in a move that was announced Friday.
“Cort is one of the top young assistant coaches in the country, and is very familiar with the University of Louisville, having spent four seasons here and coached many of our players,” Satterfield said. “He’s widely regarded as one of the top recruiters in the country after assisting in signing a top-five class in December.
“Stephen is one of the tops in the business, and has established relationships in the state of Florida and in many of our key recruiting areas. He put together one of the nation’s top classes last year and was instrumental in recruiting many of the key young players on our current team and bringing together the best signing class in school history.”
Before coaching one season at Oregon last year, Dennison spent four seasons with the Cardinals (2014-17), where he established himself as a quality young coach and one of the best recruiters in the nation.
A Salt Lake City, Utah, native, Dennison coached the outside linebackers and assisted in bringing one of the highest-rated recruiting classes in Oregon history.
For his abilities, Dennison was named to 247Sports’ 30 Under 30 coaching list in 2017 and 2018. Before moving west, he ranked seventh on InsidetheACC’s Top 10 Recruiters list after the 2017 season. This past season, Dennison was chosen to ESPN’s 40 under 40.
On the field, Dennison mentored Justin Hollins and Jalen Jelks, both who earned first-team all-Pac 12 accolades, with Hollins being the only player in college football with five sacks, five forced fumbles and an interception.
Dennison was the Cardinals’ inside linebackers coach, co-special teams coordinator and recruiting coordinator in 2017. The year prior, he was the assistant secondary coach and recruiting coordinator. Dennison joined the UofL staff in 2014 as a defensive graduate assistant (linebackers) before working as the director of on-campus recruiting in 2015.
With Dennison directing Louisville’s inside linebackers in 2017, Dorian Etheridge, a rising junior on the Cardinals’ roster, earned ESPN Freshman All-America honors after becoming the first true freshman in school history to lead the team in tackles (83).
As assistant secondary coach in 2016, Dennison started his career helping the Cardinals complete the year tied for 22nd nationally and third in the ACC with 15 interceptions. The team ranked 14th in the nation in total defense (322.2 ypg) and 37th in pass defense (207.1 ypg).
Before joining the Louisville staff, Dennison worked as a graduate assistant at Western Kentucky in 2013, where he assisted with the linebackers. In 2012, Dennison was the linebackers coach at Edmonds Woodway High School in Edmonds, Wash.
As a player, Dennison was a linebacker at Washington, where he served as a captain and was the team’s most outstanding defensive player as a senior in 2011. Dennison earned second-team all-Pac-12 honors after leading the league with 128 total tackles, including a career-high 15 in the Alamo Bowl against Baylor. Dennison also received second-team academic All-Pac-12 accolades as a senior after earning honorable mention recognition as a sophomore and junior.
Dennison graduated from Washington with a communications degree in 2011 before earning his master’s from Louisville in sport administration in 2015.
One of the most renowned and respected recruiters in the nation, Field helped compile a 22-member class at Louisville in 2018 as the director of high school relations. Nineteen student-athletes signed in December, with eight enrolling in January. The class featured a school-best 11 four-star recruits and a pair of Under Armour All-Americans.
Before coming across the country to Louisville, Field put the Oregon program into the top five of the recruiting rankings. The Ducks opened the early signing period by receiving 22 letters of intent, including from the No. 1-ranked player in the entire country according to ESPN. The class was ranked first in the Pac-12 by all the major recruiting services and No. 5 nationally by both ESPN and 247Sports.
It was the most regarded signing class since 2011. The recent Oregon class signed is considered one of the 10 best in the nation, comparable to those signed by Alabama, Georgia, Texas A&M, Louisiana State, Oklahoma and Clemson.
Before taking the recruiting route, Field coached the tight ends and served as the recruiting coordinator at Florida A&M in 2016.
A reputable high school coach in the state of Florida, Field was highly recognized for his ability to develop talent at the prep and collegiate levels, fostering over 100 collegiate athletes during his coaching career. Nearly two dozen former players are or were in the NFL, including 2016 NFL first round pick and current Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Artie Burns.
Field was a highly decorated football head coach and offensive coordinator at North Marion Senior High during the 2014 and 2015 seasons. The 2015 Florida Athletic Coaches Association (FACA) Coach of the Year and a two-time WHOA Coach of the Year (2014, 2015), Field’s teams broke seven offensive school records and averaged 40.5 points per game.
The West Palm Beach, Fla. native guided his 2015 team to the regional quarterfinals, when his squad led the county in passing, rushing and scoring.
Field was selected the offensive coordinator for the 2015 Offense-Defense All-American game in Orlando, Fla., leading the team to victory on ESPN, and produced six players selected to play in the All-American game, a Marion County record.
Prior to his stint at North Marion, Field served as head coach and offensive coordinator at Miami Northwestern High (2012-14), where he restored the perennial prep power to prominence, guiding them to the playoffs and a regional appearance in his first season.
During his tenure at Northwestern, 46 football players – tops in Florida – signed collegiate football scholarships.
Field also served a three-year stretch from 2009-11 at Hampton (Va.) as running backs coach, recruiting coordinator, run game coordinator and director of operations. There, he coached and developed two of the MEAC’s top running backs, who ranked in the league’s top 10 in rushing.
Before coaching at Hampton, Field was a three-year defensive staff assistant and special teams coordinator at Miami (2006-08). He recruited NFL talents Travis Benjamin, Laron Byrd and Damien Berry.
Before Miami, Field was an assistant coach at Glades Central High in Belle Glade, Fla., serving as the offensive run game coordinator, running backs coach and academic coach. He mentored back-to-back 1,000-yard rushers in Aston Samuels and Damien Berry. In 2006, Glades Central won the Class 3A championship.
He spent a season at Deerfield Beach High, where he coached 1,000-yard rusher Roderick Ferguson, and four years at Miami Central High, where he coached the top two statistical ranking wide receivers in Dade County in 2002 in all-Big East selection Willie Foster and Marcus Daniels, both standouts at Rutgers.
Scholastically, Field was a two-time all-state selection at Palm Beach Lakes High, helping lead them to the only undefeated season in school history.
Field went on to play tight end at Tuskegee, where he later earned a bachelor’s in business management and a master’s degree in liberal studies from Miami.
Field has a daughter, Le’ah Skye Field.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Chad Scott, who spent the last three seasons at North Carolina, has been named the running backs coach at Louisville, head coach Scott Satterfield announced Friday.
Prior to joining Satterfield’s staff, Scott served as the tight ends coach for the Tar Heels in 2016-18.
During Scott’s tenure with the Tar Heels, the tight end position saw a lot of production, highlighted by Carl Tucker’s 16.6 yards per catch average last season, and Brandon Fritts’ 25 receptions for 177 yards and four scores in 2018.
Scott was an integral part of an offensive staff in 2016 that was one of the most explosive in the nation, setting more than 40 individual and team records.
Coaching one of the most inexperienced positions, Scott’s tight ends made considerable contributions as the Tar Heels won eight games and played Stanford in the Sun Bowl. Tucker, who was named first-team All-ACC freshman by Athlon, and Fritts averaged more than 10 yards per reception.
Scott returned to Chapel Hill after coaching at Kentucky, where he mentored the running backs from 2013-15 and was the run game coordinator in 2014-15. He helped develop a solid Wildcat running attack that featured Stanley Williams, who averaged 7.1 yards per carry, and Jojo Kemp, who gained 5.7 per attempt.
Before his stint in the Bluegrass State, Scott spent three seasons at Texas Tech from 2010-12. While the Red Raiders have a reputation for their explosive passing game, Scott’s running backs made significant contributions to the offense as well. The Red Raiders rushed for 135.7 yards per game and scored 52 rushing touchdowns during his three seasons.
Scott inherited a running attack that ranked 115th in rushing offense in 2009 at 84.0 yards per game, improving that mark in his first season to 75th nationally with 141.3 yards per contest. The team’s leading rusher, Baron Batch, was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers and spent three years with the organization.
In Scott’s second season at Texas Tech, the improvement continued as the Red Raiders were on pace to have their best year rushing since the late 1990s before Tech’s top two rushers both sustained season-ending injuries. The Red Raider running backs still rushed for 1,516 yards on the season.
In 2012, Texas Tech averaged 139.9 yards per game on the ground with three backs rushing for more than 400 yards each. Texas Tech won the TicketCity Bowl over Northwestern following the 2010 season and defeated Minnesota in the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas in 2012.
Scott entered the coaching profession at Troy as an assistant coach for running backs from 2007-09, helping lead the Trojans to three consecutive Sun Belt Conference Championships and a pair of appearances in the New Orleans Bowl.
Scott was a part of an offensive turnaround at Troy, inheriting an offense that ranked 66th in rushing offense and 77th in total offense prior to his arrival. In just one season, Troy moved to 35th nationally in rushing offense with 182.6 yards per game and 16th in total offense with 452.8 yards per contest. In his final season at Troy, the Trojans ranked third in the nation in total offense.
In each of Scott’s first two seasons he coached an All-Sun Belt Conference player in Kenny Cattouse and DuJuan Harris. Harris ranked second in the conference in rushing in 2008 with 1,077 yards and played five seasons in the NFL. In Scott’s last season at Troy he coached Shawn Southward, who rushed for 602 yards and 12 touchdowns, to Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year honors.
A native of Plant City, Fla., Scott played at Kentucky before transferring to North Carolina and lettering in 2004 and 2005. He earned first-team all-ACC honors from ESPN.com after rushing for 796 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior. Scott, who made his first career start against No. 4 Miami, rushed for a career-high 175 yards on 25 carries and scored twice in a 31-28 victory.
Scott spent time in the National Football League with Cleveland and Pittsburgh before returning to his alma mater in 2006 as a graduate assistant video analyst.
Scott graduated from UNC in 2004 with a degree in sociology. He is married to the former Shambrica Jones, who played basketball at Kentucky, and the couple has a daughter, Kori, and a son, Jakobe.
SCOTT AT A GLANCE
2006: North Carolina (graduate assistant/video analyst)
2007-09: Troy (running backs)
2010-12: Texas Tech (running backs)
2013: Kentucky (running backs)
2014-15: Kentucky (running backs/run game coordinator)
2016-18: North Carolina (tight ends)
2000-01: Kentucky (RB)
2002-04: North Carolina (RB)
Alma Mater: North Carolina, 2004
Hometown: Plant City, Fla.
Birthdate: June 11, 1981
Wife: Shambrica (Jones)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Veteran defensive coach Dale Jones, who spent the last 23 seasons at Appalachian State, has joined the University of Louisville football staff to coach the inside linebackers, head coach Scott Satterfield announced.
“Dale Jones is an experienced defensive mind, who will be an excellent addition to our staff,” Satterfield said. “Jones has demonstrated an ability to motivate, lead, and mentor players, while also developing excellence in the players he’s coached. Dale has an incredible football intellect, an understanding of personnel and a fierce work ethic.”
Before joining the Louisville staff, Jones was a consistent fixture on the Appalachian State defensive staff, assisting in a period of growth and success, especially on the defensive side of the football. The Mountaineers won three straight league titles and made four consecutive postseason appearances.
In addition to coaching the inside linebackers, Jones was elevated to a co-defensive coordinator position in 2018. Jones’ defense was the main reason the Mountaineers won the inaugural Sun Belt Championship Game and dominated Middle Tennessee in the school’s fourth-straight bowl appearance.
With Jones assisting with the defense, Appalachian State was one of the best in the Sun Belt Conference and ranked highly in a number of national defensive statistics. The Mountaineers ranked fifth nationally in scoring defense and passing defense, while closing the year sixth in total defense.
The consistent play of the Mountaineer linebackers under Jones in 2018 was one of the main reasons why Appalachian State was so successful on defense. Under the guidance of Jones, Jordan Fehr was a first team all-Sun Belt honoree after finishing the season with 85 stops, 7.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks, while Anthony Flory earned third team accolades after finishing with 96 tackles and 6.0 tackles for loss. The duo ranked among the top linebackers from bowl teams in tackles per game.
Jones came to Appalachian State in 1996 and served as the team’s defensive line coach and special teams coordinator for nine seasons (1996-2004). He began an eight-year tenure as the Mountaineers’ linebackers coach in 2005 and was also the program’s defensive coordinator for three seasons (2010-12). He directed the defensive line in 2013 before taking over the inside linebackers in 2014.
During his long run at Appalachian State, Jones was instrumental in developing players, as evidenced by the 12 players who have moved on to play in the National Football League. Jones also coached 11 All-America defensive linemen and linebackers, including five two-time honorees. He has also mentored 20 all-conference performers who have earned the recognition a total of 37 times, while four of his pupils — Josh Jeffries (2002), K.T. Stovall (2003), Jacque Roman (2008) and Jeremy Kimbrough (2012) — were named the Southern Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year.
As Appalachian State’s defensive coordinator from 2010-12, Jones’ defensive unit led the SoCon in interceptions twice (2011 and 2012) and also topped the league in sacks (2011), red-zone defense (2011) and third-down conversion defense (2010).
While serving as Appalachian State’s special-teams coordinator, Jones was named the 2002 Special Teams Coordinator of the Year by American Football Monthly.
During his collegiate playing career, Jones was an all-American and two-time all-Southeastern Conference performer as a linebacker at Tennessee from 1983-86. He was a defensive standout on UT’s 1985 squad, which won the SEC championship and stunned No. 2 Miami (Fla.), 35-7, in the 1986 Sugar Bowl. His fourth-quarter interception sealed the Vols’ 16-14 win over Alabama, which was one of the most memorable moments of Tennessee’s run to the 1985 SEC title.
A 1988 graduate of Tennessee, Jones began his coaching career as an assistant under Johnny Majors at his alma mater in 1989. He went on to serve one-year stints with the Parma Panthers of the Italian American Football League (1990) and the University of Florida (1991) before a five-year tenure at Georgia Military College, where he served as defensive coordinator for four seasons.
Jones has a daughter, Brooke.
JONES AT A GLANCE
1989: Tennessee (defensive assistant)
1990: Parma Panthers (defensive coordinator)
1991: Florida (defensive assistant)
1991: Georgia Military (linebackers and defensive backs)
1992-95: Georgia Military (defensive coordinator/LBs and DBs)
1996-2004: Appalachian State (defensive line/special teams)
2005-09: Appalachian State (linebackers)
2010-12: Appalachian State (defensive coordinator/linebackers)
2013: Appalachian State (defensive line)
2014-17: Appalachian State (inside linebackers)
2018-present: Appalachian State (co-defensive coordinator/inside linebackers)
1983-86: Tennessee (LB)
Alma Mater: Tennessee, 1988
Hometown: Cleveland, Tenn.
Birthdate: March 8, 1963