Louisville football rounds out on-field coaching staff

Head coach Scott Satterfield of the Louisville Cardinals (Photo by Ryan M. Kelly/Getty Images)
Head coach Scott Satterfield of the Louisville Cardinals (Photo by Ryan M. Kelly/Getty Images) /

Louisville football head coach Scott Satterfield seems to finally be done with his coaching staff for 2021 after he hired a replacement for departing safeties coach ShaDon Brown on Sunday morning.

The revolving door of coaches departing and entering finally seems to be coming to a halt with the reported hiring of new safeties coach Greg Gasparato.

Gasparato was the safeties coach in 2018 and 2019 for Appalachian State in which he was on staff with both Satterfield and current Louisville defensive coordinator Bryan Brown in 2018.  He was also a defensive graduate assistant under Satterfield in 2013 and 2014.

He has over 10 years of coaching experience. At Army in 2020, his defense gave up just over 160 yards per game through the air. That number was good enough for the second lowest amount of pass yards per game allowed in 2020. The defense as a whole gave up just over 14 points per game which was also good for second least in the nation.

Overall, hiring a coach off of a good defense that Satterfield and Brown have a previous relationship with seems like a big-time positive. Gasparato will have to get on the road and recruit. ShaDon Brown was a very solid recruiter of safeties so he will have a decent bit to live up to.

Gasparato has had success wherever he has been. This is a big step up for him from Army West Point and his first experience as a power five coach. Being a coach at West Point gives him a ton of instant credibility and respect among the coaching ranks.

Now, Louisville football appears to have finished up their on-field coaching hires. Of those who departed, there has been a replacement named for each just in time for spring practice set to begin in the near future.

It will be fascinating to see how the new staff recruits and which areas of the nation they will hit as individuals. For position coaches, recruiting is a huge part of the job to advance themselves through the coaching ranks.

As on-field coaches, they will have an opportunity to improve a 4-7 team in 2020 to a respectable ACC competitor.