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Shane Beamer added three more to his coaching staff Sunday

New USC football coach Shane Beamer Sunday officially named his offensive, defensive and strength & conditioning coordinators. Beamer had to go back to the well for an offensive coordinator after Mike Bobo left earlier in the week for Auburn, taking offensive line coach Will Friend with him. Beamer still needs to hire an offensive line coach and announce his plans for linebacker and secondary coaches, which will include hiring one more coach.

Marcus Satterfield, most recently assistant offensive line coach with the Carolina Panthers, is the new offensive coordinator. He will coach quarterbacks. Clayton White, who had been the defensive coordinator at Western Kentucky, is coming to take over the Gamecock defense. He coached cornerbacks at Western Kentucky but his position duties at USC were not announced. And Luke Day was named the strength and conditioning coordinator, the same position he held this season at Marshall.

USC release on Satterfield

Satterfield comes to Columbia with over 20 years of coaching experience in the college ranks, including two years as a head coach at Tennessee Tech. He has spent the past three years working under the tutelage of Matt Rhule, first as the director of recruiting at Baylor in 2018, then as the Bears’ tight ends coach in 2019 before spending the 2020 season as the assistant offensive line coach for the Carolina Panthers.

“I’ve known Marcus for nearly 20 years since we were graduate assistants together,” said Coach Beamer. “He has a brilliant offensive mind and brings experience from both the collegiate and professional levels.”

“Marcus was instrumental in rebuilding two championship college programs with me at both Temple and Baylor,” said Coach Rhule. “His commitment to the student-athlete experience, his innovative mindset, and his unique ability to teach were all unbelievably valuable and why I was so excited to be able to bring him to the Carolina Panthers. I think South Carolina is getting a tremendous offensive mind who will help build them into a perennial contender.”

Satterfield had a brief stint in 2018 at East Tennessee State where he served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, before joining Baylor.

Prior to his appointment at ETSU, he served as head coach at Tennessee Tech from 2016-17. In 2016, Satterfield led the Golden Eagles to their first winning conference season since 2011 as Tennessee Tech went 5-3 in the Ohio Valley Conference.

From 2013-15, Satterfield was the offensive coordinator at Temple where he helped guide the Owls to historic marks. In his first year at Temple, Satterfield’s offense averaged nearly 400 yards per game, which was the most by an Owl team since 1979. Temple earned the 2015 American Athletic Conference east division title and posted a 10-win season.

Satterfield also held offensive coordinator roles at Chattanooga (2009-12) and UT Martin (2006-07). In 2010, Satterfield’s Chattanooga offense averaged 430 yards and scored 49 touchdowns, which ranked 11th nationally. During his time at UT Martin, the Skyhawks led the OVC in scoring offense in 2007 and 2008, while also leading the league in total offense in 2007.

Satterfield began his coaching career at Chattanooga in 1999, before becoming a graduate assistant under Coach Phillip Fulmer at Tennessee from 2002-03. Coach Beamer was a G.A. at Tennessee at that same time. He also had stops as wide receivers coach at Richmond (2004) and Western Carolina (2005).

Satterfield played wide receiver and punter at East Tennessee State University from 1995-98, helping the Bucs to the I-AA playoffs in 1996. He finished his career at ETSU with 124 catches and 11 touchdowns. He graduated from ETSU in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in history.

A native of Greenback, Tenn., the 44-year old Satterfield is married to the former Sarah Houser. The couple has a daughter, Harper.

USC release on White

White, 43, is a three-time Frank Broyles Award nominee for the nation’s top assistant coach (2017, 2019 and 2020) and an 18-year coaching veteran. He has spent the past four seasons as the defensive coordinator and cornerbacks coach at Western Kentucky University.

“I’ve had my eye on Clayton for a long time,” said Coach Beamer. “He was a great player in college and had some time in the NFL. He’s been part of good programs and has a high level of success, most recently at Western Kentucky. He’s from North Carolina and has a lot of ties to the region. He had some opportunities to go elsewhere, but he wants to be at South Carolina and we’re happy to have him.”

In 2020, the Hilltoppers ranked 28th in total defense, including eighth in the nation in passing defense, allowing just 177.3 yards per game though the air. WKU was third in the nation with 68 passes defended and the defense scored three touchdowns.

In 2019, WKU produced a top 25 overall defense in the third season of White’s Multiple 4-2-5 scheme. WKU allowed only 20.1 total points per game, which was the lowest mark for the program since 2004 and ranked No. 22 in FBS. Junior defensive end DeAngelo Malone was voted 2019 Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year after producing 99 total tackles – including 21 for loss – with 11.5 sacks and 16 quarterback hurries.

WKU held opponents to a 29.7 percent rate (51-of-172) on 3rd-down attempts, which ranked sixth in FBS and was the lowest mark for the program since 1987. The Hilltoppers ranked third in FBS with only 82 missed tackles all season long. Only Michigan (74) and Air Force (81) had better such numbers.

WKU also ranked among the best in the nation in a handful of other statistics: 15th with 224 first downs allowed, 19th in red zone defense with a scoring rate of 75.8 percent, 24th in total defense with 335.5 yards allowed per game and 28th with 200 passing yards allowed per game. The Hilltoppers allowed only 142 plays of 10-plus yards all season – which ranked tied for 10th in the country.

The Hilltoppers were one of the nation’s stingiest inside the red zone in 2018. WKU allowed just a 103.41 passer rating with their backs against the wall, good for the sixth-best mark nationally. Even better, the Hilltoppers allowed opposing quarterbacks to complete passes at just a 32.7 percent clip, the best mark in the nation.

During White’s first campaign as the defensive playcaller in 2017, the Hilltoppers enjoyed a historic stretch, holding opponents to their fewest point totals through the season’s first seven games in 15 years and a record over that span in the FBS era.

The pass defense was also one of the nation’s stingiest in allowing passing touchdowns, as opposing teams found the end zone just 11 times through the air all season against the Hilltoppers, a mark which ranked No. 5 nationally. The Hilltoppers ranked No. 40 nationally in pass defense – an improvement of 79 spots from the previous season.

Prior to his arrival in Bowling Green, White spent four seasons as the co-Special Teams Coordinator/Safeties Coach at NC State (2013-16). The Wolfpack ranked in the top-30 in total defense in both 2015 and 2016. In 2015, NC State was one of only two schools in the FBS to finish in the Top 20 in both Kickoff Return and Punt Return. Defensive back Dontae Johnson, a White disciple, was selected in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers.

White served as the Special Teams Coordinator/Running Backs Coach at UConn from 2011-12. While in Storrs, the Huskies tied for the national lead with three punt returns for touchdowns and led the Big East with a 12.5 punt return average, good for No. 18 nationally. Running back Lyle McCombs was named an FWAA Freshman All-American under White’s direction, becoming just the second Husky to rush for more than 1,000 yards in his freshman campaign.

White spent one season in Bowling Green on Willie Taggart’s first staff in 2010 and helped to build the WKU program during the FCS-to-FBS transition. He served as the Co-Special Teams Coordinator and Defensive Backs Coach.

A three-year run at Stanford (2007-09) preceded his first stint on The Hill where he coached the Cardinal defensive backs, including future NFL Pro Bowler Richard Sherman, and future NFL players Michael Thomas, Johnson Bademosi and Delano Howell. The Cardinal rose to as high as No. 14 in the polls in 2009 and reached a bowl game for the first time since 2001 that year.

White’s first coaching stop came as a defensive backs coach at Sanderson (N.C.) High School in 2003. He also had stints at Western Carolina (2004-05) and Western Michigan (2006).

White was a three-year letterman at linebacker at NC State (1997-2000), ending his career in the Wolfpack record book in several categories including career tackles for loss (33), single-season tackles for loss (16) and tackles in a single game (23). He had a three-year NFL career with the New York Giants (2001-02) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2003).

Originally from Dunn, N.C., and a 2001 graduate with a degree in sport management from NC State, White and his wife Kelly have two children, Chase and Macy.

USC release on Day

Day, who has experience at both the collegiate and professional levels, comes to Carolina after spending the 2020 season as the head strength & conditioning coach at Marshall University, his second stint with the Thundering Herd. Day worked on the staff at the University of Colorado in 2019.

Day initially joined the Herd as the head strength and conditioning coach in January of 2016, a position he held for three seasons. He was recommended by Scott Sinclair, Day’s predecessor, who in three years transformed the Herd strength and conditioning philosophy during a run of three-straight seasons of 10 or more wins by Coach Doc Holliday’s team. Day and Sinclair – who moved from MU to the strength and conditioning director’s role at Georgia – previously worked together at UCF under veteran strength coach Ed Ellis.

“Luke comes highly recommended from people I trust,” said Coach Beamer. “I spoke to a lot of strength coaches about our position and after spending 90 minutes on the phone with him, there was no doubt in my mind he was the best candidate by far. He has a great vision for developing the players, both in strength and conditioning and in the mental aspects, which is critical.”

Prior to his arrival in Huntington, Day spent one year as an assistant on the Cincinnati Bengals’ strength and conditioning staff.

Day is a native of Hamilton, Ohio, where he was significantly involved with inner-city ministry for the Hamilton Dream Center. Prior to his year with the Bengals, he spent two years as an assistant in strength and conditioning at UCF, following stints at USF (2012) and Cincinnati (2011-12). He also served as a summer volunteer in strength and conditioning with the New Orleans Saints in 2010.

Day graduated from Hamilton High School in 2006 and went to Morehead State, where he played defensive line for two years. He transferred “back home” to Miami (Ohio) and started working as a strength room intern and graduated with a degree in physical education.

His first job was designing, developing and implementing a weight room and strength program at Mount Healthy High School in Cincinnati, and through that work he made connections to the University of Cincinnati, where he spent 14 months on the strength and conditioning staff.

Day and his wife, Trisha, have a son, Jay and a daughter, Norah.

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