The chance to return to his home state was something Marcus Satterfield couldn't pass up.
"As a coach's son growing up in the state of Tennessee, and coaching in the state and the Ohio Valley Conference, I have always looked at Tennessee Tech as a possible landing spot for me," said Satterfield, whose father Bill coached in the state at Greenback High School from 1990-1994.
Becoming the 12th head coach in Tennessee Tech history, the 39-year-old replaces Watson Brown, who retired last month after nine seasons.
The Golden Eagles finished 4-7 this year.
Satterfield, an East Tennessee State graduate, has plenty of coaching experience in Tennessee, including as offensive coordinator at Chattanooga from 2009-2012 after holding the same role at UT Martin -- another OVC program -- from '06-07 before adding the job of associate head coach there in '08.
He also was an assistant at Chattanooga from 1999-2001 before spending '02-03 at Tennessee as a graduate assistant and then serving as an assistant at Richmond in '04 and Western Carolina in '05.
"He is an excellent X's and O's coach, and he's a 'player's coach,'" Tech athletic director Mark Wilson said. "He comes to Tennessee Tech with a great vision of how he wants to operate, and where he wants to take Golden Eagle football."