Rabun County’s baseball program was in need of a guy with a love and passion for baseball, a likeable personality, and a heart to coach kids through more than just the game. It found its match in Wes Satterfield, who takes over as the sixth head coach in the past seven years.
Satterfield, who has been a solid assistant coach under coach Chris Akridge at Habersham Central, accepted the position at Rabun this month. He helped Akridge guide the Raiders to its second-ever playoff run in 2019.
“This is a great opportunity for me and my family,” says Satterfield. “I’m very excited at the chance to lead this program. I keep reflecting on the incredible coaches that I’ve coached under and with, and the impact they have had not only on myself, but their players, assistant coaches, and their community. I’m honored to now have the chance to do the same.”
Satterfield brings a level of consistency that Rabun has sought ever since the departure of coach Mark Wilcox following the 2014 season. Since then, Rabun has featured Daniel Young (’15), Justin Clutter (’16-’17), Jack Lowry (’18), and Kevin McConnell (’19). While Rabun found some success with those guys at the helm (made state each year except 2019), it has been hard for guys to find stability in a program with so much coaching turnover.
The Wildcats were a meager 6-21 this past season under McConnell. Prior to that, Rabun had made the postseason five straight years, including a semifinals run in 2015 after going 21-7 and winning a region title. The Cats also made the Sweet 16 in 2017 and 2018.
“Rabun County has been phenomenal,” says Satterfield on the reaction from the school on his hiring. “Principal [Justin] Spillers and coach Jaybo Shaw have been very welcoming. I can definitely feel the family atmosphere.”
Satterfield’s excitement isn’t just on earning Ws, but also on wins off the field.
“Everyone that I have talked to has had nothing but good things to say about the kids,” says Satterfield. “I’m most excited about getting to know the guys and develop relationships. I’m also excited about the potential in the program. The baseball program at Rabun has had some success in the past. It hasn’t been too long ago that they went to the Final Four in 2015.”
The biggest question perhaps is how the guys playing under Satterfield took to the news of yet another head coaching change.
“I actually haven’t met all of the players yet,” says Satterfield. “I plan on meeting with the guys at the beginning of the school once everyone gets settled in. I’ve only met a couple of players just by running into them at the field. They were getting some cuts in, which gets me fired up that they are wanting to put in some extra work.”
No doubt the players will rally around a young, energetic coach like Satterfield, who will expect the same if not more from the kids off the field as he does on.