LAFAYETTE (Ragin’ Cajuns Athletics) — Louisiana Athletics and head football coach Billy Napier have announced an extension of the second-year coach’s original contract with the University, Director of Athletics Bryan Maggard announced on Tuesday.
Napier’s contract now extends through the 2023 season.
“We’re very excited to extend Coach Napier’s contract to serve as our head football coach,” Maggard said. “We are very proud of what Billy and his staff have been able to accomplish in such a short time. We look forward to continued success under his leadership.”
The Ragin’ Cajuns have been impressive under Napier’s guidance, now on his second season of implementing his program at Louisiana. Last season’s Ragin’ Cajuns (7-7, 5-3) utilized a powerful offense and opportunistic defense to win the 2018 Sun Belt Conference West Division Championship and advance to the inaugural conference championship game.
Louisiana booked its first bowl trip since 2016, heading to sunny Orlando, Florida, for the 2018 AutoNation Cure Bowl at Camping World Stadium. It marked the first-ever season that Louisiana played a 14-game schedule with two postseason opportunities earned by the Ragin’ Cajuns.
“My family and I are extremely excited about the recent contract extension,” Napier said. “We appreciate the vision and support from President Savoie and Dr. Maggard. This extension will help improve the experience of our student-athletes and solidify the infrastructure of our organization. We will continue building an elite football program. We are so thankful for the many people who have embraced our staff and families in Lafayette and throughout Acadiana. The #cULture is real and grows stronger by the day.”
The Ragin’ Cajuns are out to a strong 4-1 start to the 2019 season, including two resounding road victories at Ohio (45-25, Sept. 21) and at Georgia Southern (37-24, Sept. 28). Napier’s squad will be looking for its third victory at Cajun Field this season when Appalachian State visits on Wednesday, Oct. 9.