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Dr. Bryan Maggard Letter to Cajun Nation on HIring of Coach Billy Napier New Football Coach
December 15, 2017
Happy Friday Cajun Nation,
This morning we had the distinct pleasure of announcing Billy Napier as the Head Coach of the Ragin’ Cajuns Football program. The head coach opportunity at the University of Louisiana garnered the interest of many quality candidates throughout the country, so much that I found myself both honored and humbled to be associated with such a great program. As we began the search process, it was imperative we found a coach who exemplifies the values of the University of Louisiana and the Department of Athletics, a coach who prioritizes the academic success of our student-athletes, builds positive relationships with those he coaches, is a relentless recruiter, places a strong focus on player development, and is a proven winner. Such traits were identified in Billy Napier.
A leader, listener, teacher, and accomplished recruiter, Coach Napier brings many years of coaching experience including stints in the SEC, ACC, PAC-12, and Mountain West Conference under head coaches Nick Saban, Dabo Swinney, Tommy Bowden, Todd Graham, and Jim McElwain. He has been part of winning two National Championships and three SEC Championships. He coordinated the recruiting efforts that helped lead the Clemson Tigers to the No. 2 overall recruiting class in the nation in 2008. As an offensive coordinator he set all-time school records for most points in a season. Finally, Coach Napier has developed numerous football student-athletes at multiple positions including quarterback and wide receiver.
Personally, I could not be more excited about the future of Ragin’ Cajuns Athletics! Our opportunities are endless and I assure you we will work very hard to achieve success at the highest levels. Please know your support of the University of Louisiana, the Department of Athletics, and all of our students is greatly appreciated. Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday season.
Bryan Maggard, Ph.D.
Director of Athletics
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