Louisiana head football coach Billy Napier, a Chatsworth native, has signed a two-year extension of his contract with the university after leading the Ragin' Cajuns to a 10-3 record, the school announced Thursday.
Napier's contract, which was extended by one year in October, now extends through the 2025 season.
"We are very excited to announce this extension for coach Napier," athletics director Bryan Maggard said in a press release. "He has led our football program to new heights, and we look forward to continued success under his leadership."
This season, the second-year head coach was voted the Sun Belt's Coach of the Year, the third Louisiana coach to win that honor and the first since 1993 when Nelson Stokley was named the Big West Conference's top coach. Napier is the first Ragin' Cajuns coach to win the award in the Sun Belt era.
This season, Napier coached the team to its first 10-win season in program history and a second-straight trip to the Sun Belt championship game. The team plays Miami (Ohio) in the LendingTree Bowl on Monday at 7:30 p.m. in Mobile, Alabama. ESPN will televise the game.
"The vision and support from our university leadership has been tremendous," Napier said in a press release. "We are very thankful for the belief (Louisiana President) Dr. (Joseph) Savoie and Dr. Maggard have in what our staff is working hard to build. Our entire organization is very appreciative of the quality of life in Lafayette and Acadiana. This extension will help us continue working daily on our process and improving our team. The culture is real and grows stronger by the day. We look forward to the challenges ahead."
Napier is a 1998 graduate of Murray County High School and played quarterback for his father and late head coach Bill Napier — the winningest coach in school history. Billy Napier, 40, is the eldest of four Napier children.
This is Napier's first head job since entering the college coaching world after graduating from Furman University in 2002. He had multiple stints at Clemson, including as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 2009-2010. He also coached in three national championships with Nick Saban at Alabama, with two victories, most recently as its wide receivers coach. Napier was the offensive coordinator at Arizona State in 2017 before taking the job in Louisiana.
In his first season leading the Ragin' Cajuns (7-7, 5-3) in 2018, Napier coached the team to the the 2018 Sun Belt Conference West Division Championship and advanced to the inaugural conference championship game. The team also made its first bowl appearance since 2016, traveling to the 2018 AutoNation Cure Bowl in Orlando, Florida, falling to Tulane, 41-24.