Furman men’s golf coach Todd Satterfield is in his 20th year at the helm of the Paladin program.
During his tenure as head coach, Satterfield has guided Furman to three Southern Conference Championships, four NCAA Regional appearances, has produced 15 All-SoCon selections and has been named SoCon Coach-of-the-Year four times.
In 2011-12, Satterfield guided the Paladins to a sweep at the Springhill Suites Intercollegiate as Matt Broome captured individual medalist honors and the Paladins topped the 15-team field. Furman also grabbed a second place finish at the Wexford Plantation Intercollegiate while senior Austin Reeves placed fourth at the SoCon Championship to earn all-league honors.
During the 2010-11 campaign, Satterfield led Furman to a pair of victories at the Hummingbird Intercollegiate in Sapphire, N.C., and the SoCon Championship in Florence, S.C. He captured SoCon Coach-of-the-Year honors and Furman’s J. Lyles Alley Coach-of-the-Year accolades after guiding the Paladins to their 13th SoCon Tournament crown and fourth NCAA Regional bid while also helping junior Austin Reeves notch individual medalist honors at the 2010 SoCon Championship. Under Satterfield’s guidance, three Paladins earned All-SoCon honors in 2010.
In 1996-97, Satterfield’s first season as head coach, he led the Furman men’s team to four tournament titles and the program’s first post-season appearance since 1986. Victories in the East Carolina Pirate Fall Intercollegiate, the Old Dominion University/Seascape Collegiate and the Davidson College Invitational would have made for an impressive season, but the Paladins took it a step further by winning the program’s first Southern Conference Championship since 1993 with a sudden-death victory over the 14th-ranked Bucs of East Tennessee State. That victory may well have cemented the NCAA committee’s decision to invite the Paladins to the NCAA East Regional Championship at The Homestead’s Upper Cascades Golf Course. At the East Regional, which was Furman’s first postseason appearance since the Paladins finished 19th at the 1986 NCAA Championships, Furman fired 297-311-301 to finish tied for 14th, just 14 strokes away from qualifying for the NCAA Championship. Satterfield’s effort did not go unnoticed. He was named Southern Conference Coach of the Year and he became the first-ever first-year coach to win Furman’s J. Lyles Alley Coach of the Year Award.
In 2001-02 Satterfield again led his team to NCAA Regional action as the Paladins placed 21st out of 27 teams at a tough Settindown Creek Course in Roswell, Ga. Furman recorded another banner year in 2003-04, winning the Southern Conference Tournament, the Furman Invitational and the Wofford Invitational, and placing 18th at the West Regional in Sunriver, Ore. As a result, Satterfield again earned Southern Conference Coach of the Year honors. In 2004 Matt Davidson, a player recruited and coached by Satterfield, won his PGA tour card making him Satterfield’s first protege competing in the PGA.
A native of Bluefield, W.Va., Satterfield joined the Furman program after three years as an assistant coach at his alma mater, the University of Georgia. As a junior playing in West Virginia, Satterfield won the State Junior Championship and finished as runner-up in the State Amateur. As a member of UGA’s Bulldog golf team, Satterfield earned 1989 All-Southeastern Conference honors and was key to the team’s 1988 SEC Championship. In addition, he was the Bulldogs’ low performer in the 1988 NCAA Championship.
According to Satterfield, much of his coaching style reflects the influence of legendary Georgia Coach Dick Copas. A member of the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) Hall of Fame, Coach Copas led the Georgia team for 26 years and Satterfield studied under him as both a player and an assistant coach.
After graduating from Georgia in 1989 with a degree in finance, Satterfield won the West Virginia Open and advanced to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Amateur. In the fall of 1989 he turned pro and played the Hogan (Web.com), South Africa and Hooters mini-tours. In addition, he won the second stage of the 1991 PGA Tour Qualifying School with a blistering 17-under-par total. In 1992 Satterfield notched three top five finishes on the Hogan Tour and finished 66th on the money list.
Though no longer a touring professional, Satterfield keeps his game in shape by practicing with and instructing his team. That practice paid off in the summer of 2000 when he won the Greenville County Amateur with rounds of 67-70-70. In addition, he took the 1997 Furman Invitational over a field of almost 100 and qualified for the U.S. Amateur with rounds of 68-69. In 1998, he advanced to the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship.
Satterfield is currently the past-president of the Golf Coaches Association of America. He previously served as a consulting member of the United States Golf Association Rules of Golf Committee, the USGA Amateur Public Links Committee and the Carolina’s Golf Association Executive Board.
Satterfield is married to the former Lori Beth Honaker of Bluefield, W.Va. The couple has two children: a daughter, Kateland, and a son, Chandler.