CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- Offensive coordinator Marcus Satterfield is leaving the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga after four seasons to accept a position at Temple in the Football Bowl Subdivision ranks.
Satterfield, who was one of the first hires on head coach Russ Huesman's first staff, also coached quarterbacks for the Mocs.
"It was pretty much a no-brainer for him. To be offered a coordinator job at the money they were talking, he had to take that job," Huesman said. "Marcus is young and he wants to be a head coach someday, and if he wants to coach at a Tennessee or Alabama or a place like that, this is kind of the next step.
"You're not going to get a big job at Alabama or Tennessee right from Chattanooga. Now, if he does well at Temple, he may get an opportunity to go and coach somewhere in the SEC."
Huesman said he's already spoken with several potential candidates, and expects to meet with more at next week's American Football Coaches Association national convention next week in Nashville.
The hire, which Huesman hopes to make by mid-January, will likely have previous coordinator experience.
"There's a lot of moving going on right now and a lot of people looking, so there's going to be a lot of interest in this job," Huesman said. "I'm going to look for someone who has been a coordinator already, and there's many guys I've already spoken to or will soon speak to in that pool."
Chattanooga's offense ranked among the worst in the country when Satterfield arrived in 2008, but his pro-style offense quickly took off with the help of quarterback B.J. Coleman.
After making great strides in 2009, the Mocs rise to eleventh in the nation in 2010 with more than 4,700 yards of total offense. Chattanooga ranked third in the Southern Conference that year in total offense (430 ypg) and scoring (31.5 ppg), and finished in the top 20 in the country in scoring, passing efficiency and third-down conversions.
The Mocs took a slight step back in 2011, then had to revamp the offense entirely following Coleman's graduation in 2012.
Satterfield designed a new spread offense to utilize new dual-threat quarterbacks Jacob Huesman and Terrell Robinson, ultimately finishing the first season in the system eighth in the SoCon in total offense (349.8 ypg) and fifth in scoring (25.2 ppg).
One of the key criteria for Satterfield's replacement will be an extensive background in the spread scheme.
"It's going to be somebody who has coached what we're looking for offensively, and that's the spread offense and quarterback run stuff," Huesman said. "They have to understand all the things we've tried to incorporate this past year."
Before arriving in Chattanooga, Satterfield had great success in his three seasons at UT-Martin, where he was in charge of the Ohio Valley Conference's top offense in both 2007 and 2008.
Temple, which plays in the Big East Conference, introduced New York Giants offensive line coach Matt Rhule as its new head coach ten days ago. Satterfield previously worked with Rhule at Western Carolina in 2005.