Gamecocks officially name Satterfield offensive coordinator, White as defensive coordinator

Gamecocks officially name Satterfield offensive coordinator, White as defensive coordinator
Shane Beamer talked about his influences throughout his coaching career that prepared him to become the head coach at USC. (Source: South Carolina Athletics)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCSC) - Shane Beamer officially has his offensive and defensive coordinators.

The Gamecocks announced on Sunday the hiring of Carolina Panthers assistant offensive line coach Marcus Satterfield as the offensive coordinator and Western Kentucky defensive coordinator Clayton White to lead the Carolina defense.

The school also brought in Luke Day from Marshall to serve as the strength and conditioning coach.

Satterfield has been coaching at the college level for more than 20 years before jumping to the pros with Matt Rhule in 2020. He spent 2 seasons as the head coach at Tennessee Tech from 2016-2017. He’s also served as an offensive coordinator at UT-Martin, Chattanooga and Temple where he worked with Rhule. He’d join the coach again at Baylor in 2018 as the tight ends coach.

Satterfield has worked with Beamer before as well. The two were graduate assistants at Tennessee from 2002-2003.

“I’ve known Marcus for nearly 20 years since we were graduate assistants together,” Beamer said in a statement. “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,” Panthers head coach Matt Rhule said. “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.”

White, who’s been coaching for 18 seasons, is a 3 time nominee for the Broyles Award which goes to the best assistant coach in the country. Before working at Western Kentucky, White had stints at Stanford, UConn and his alma mater of NC State.

“I’ve had my eye on Clayton for a long time,” Beamer said. “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.”

Day comes to the Gamecocks after his 2nd stint at Marshall. He’s also worked at Colorado and with the Cincinnati Bengals.

“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.”

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