After 33 years on the coaching circuit as an assistant in various forms, Roger Satcher has officially landed a job as head coach.
The Jones County School Board approved the hiring of Satcher as head football coach at South Jones on Monday, March 5. Satcher served as the defensive coordinator under former South Jones head coach Cory Reynolds. Reynolds resigned his post last December to return to Petal as its offensive coordinator. Before coming to South Jones in 2014, Reynolds held the same job at Petal from 2005-2013.
“Coach Reynolds makes the job a difficult one because he’s done such a good job at South Jones,” said Satcher. “But I am excited about the opportunity to carry on what he has started. I believe that everyone that is involved in the program will step up and try to close in the void left by Coach Reynolds. I think that everything is going to turn out good.”
With the hiring of Satcher, South Jones will keep some form of stability and familiarity.
“Coach Reynolds did a good job of putting a staff together that works hard,” said Satcher. “And the kids know how we coach, where we stand, how we feel about them and what we expect.
“The kids are working extremely hard, and I feel they’re on board and exciting about what to expect with the new season ahead [in the fall]. But we have a lot of kids that even though they’ve played for us, they haven’t had a lot of playing time. So we’re starting with a bunch of guys that are eager to have their opportunity like me as their head coach. I’ve been coaching for 33 years, and this is my first job as a full-time head coach. After you’ve put all the work into it, you’re anxious to get your opportunity, and I think our kids are chopping at the bits to get theirs and to show what they can do.”
Satcher’s 33-year resume includes assistant jobs stretching over the span of two states, and well as principal jobs.
“I’ve been around the world coaching [it seems like],” Satcher stated. “Going backward from South Jones, I was Principal at Quitman Junior High for a year. Before that, I was Principal at Haleyville High School in Alabama for eight years. Prior to Haleyville, I was Assistant Principal, Athletic Director and defensive coordinator at Walker High School in Jasper, Alabama, for 10 years prior to that.
“I was also at Wayne County High School in 1994 and West Lauderdale from 1986-1994. So I’ve been around the world.”
During his time at South Jones as defensive coordinator, the Braves had compiled a 24-24 record and three consecutive winning seasons (2015, 2016, and 2017). Last season the Braves finished 8-5 overall with its first appearance in the playoffs since 2009.
As Satcher mentioned, the job will have its difficulties. South Jones graduated over 15 senior players in 2017. One bright spot for Satcher will be the return of quarterback John Mitchell. Mitchell accounted for 1,824 yards through the air as a junior and 866 yards rushing.
Satcher is a Quitman High School graduate and has a Batchelor of Science and a Master of Arts in Education from UAB.