By Micah Brown —
Head coach Scott Satterfield recently completed his football staff, bringing in a myriad of new faces for different positions. Some of these are his former colleagues from Appalachian State and others are more familiar to Cardinal fans:
Defensive coord. Bryan Brown
Louisville’s defense performed abysmally the last two seasons, ranking nearly dead last in all statistics among FBS schools. Brown follows Satterfield from ASU, where he served as cornerback’s coach for six years before being promoted to defensive coordinator. Brown’s successful squads ranked among the top of many defensive categories.
Quarterbacks coach Frank Ponce
Ponce will play an integral role in the Cards’ offense, replacing Nick Petrino as quarterbacks coach. Ponce had no shortage of success at App State, as his team led the Sun Belt in passing efficiency and placed second in red zone offense. Satterfield offered praise for his colleague: “He is a great teacher of the game and a brilliant recruiter. He has terrific ties in the state of Florida after serving as a prominent head coach in south Florida area for 16 seasons.”
Offensive coord. Dwayne Ledford
Ledford takes over as offensive coordinator and offensive line coach after successful stints at App State and NC State. While at NC State, his offensive line helped the Wolfpack generate a 1,000 yard rusher in each of Ledford’s three seasons there.
Co-Defensive coord. Cort Dennison
Familiar to many Louisville faithful, Dennison returns to the Ville as one of the top young coaches in the nation. He began his coaching career as graduate assistant under Bobby Petrino at Western Kentucky, where he established himself as one of the premier recruiters in college football. Dennison’s success carried over to Oregon, where he coached the outside linebackers and helped bring in the best recruiting class in the program’s history.
Running backs Norval McKenzie
McKenzie, who graduated with three majors while playing football for Vanderbilt, follows Satterfield to Louisville to become running backs coach after holding the same position at Arkansas State. In his second season as coach, the Red Wolves finished 10th nationally in total offense with 494.8 yards per game.
In addition to the above names, Satterfield has also hired ShaDon Brown as safeties coach, Dale Jones for inside linebackers, Mark Ivey for defensive line, Stu Holt as tight ends and special teams coach and Gunter Brewer for wide receivers.
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