Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier

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Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Donte Flemming reaches for a pass as ULM Warhawks take on the Louisisana Ragin Cajuns Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. Ferrod Gardner 7 makes a tackle as ULM Warhawks take on the Louisisana Ragin Cajuns Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. Errol Rogers Jr gets both feet in for a catch as ULM Warhawks take on the Louisisana Ragin Cajuns Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. Louisiana-Lafayette quarterback Levi Lewis (1) escapes the grasp of Louisiana-Monroe linebacker Quae Drake (32) in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Lafayette, La., Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton) Louisiana-Lafayette quarterback Levi Lewis (1) escapes the grasp of Louisiana-Monroe defensive tackle Jahaziel Lee (99) in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Lafayette, La., Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton) Louisiana-Monroe wide receiver Jared Sparks (8) can’t grab a pass while being defended by Louisiana-Lafayette linebacker Ferrod Gardner (7) in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Lafayette, La., Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton) Louisiana-Monroe wide receiver Boogie Knight (17) escapes the grasp of Louisiana-Lafayette safety Brandon Bishop (25) for a touchdown in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Lafayette, La., Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton) ULM Warhawks take on the Louisisana Ragin Cajuns Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. Kyren Lacy scores a touchdown as ULM Warhawks take on the Louisisana Ragin Cajuns Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. Louisiana-Monroe head coach Terry Bowden is knocked down by Louisiana-Lafayette linebacker Lorenzo McCaskill (2) after McCaskill defended a pass in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Lafayette, La., Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. Bowden got up after the play. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton) ULM Warhawks take on the Louisisana Ragin Cajuns Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. Kyren Lacy scores a touchdown as ULM Warhawks take on the Louisisana Ragin Cajuns Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. Errol Rogers Jr runs the ball as ULM Warhawks take on the Louisisana Ragin Cajuns Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. Emani Bailey runs the ball as ULM Warhawks take on the Louisisana Ragin Cajuns Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. ULM Warhawks take on the Louisisana Ragin Cajuns Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. Kyren Lacy scores a touchdown as ULM Warhawks take on the Louisisana Ragin Cajuns Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. Emani Bailey runs the ball as ULM Warhawks take on the Louisisana Ragin Cajuns Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. Kyren Lacy scores a touchdown as ULM Warhawks take on the Louisisana Ragin Cajuns Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. Quarterback Levi Lewis as ULM Warhawks take on the Louisisana Ragin Cajuns Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. Quarterback Levi Lewis as ULM Warhawks take on the Louisisana Ragin Cajuns Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. Cajuns head coach Billy Napier as ULM Warhawks take on the Louisisana Ragin Cajuns Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. Linebacker Lorenzo McCaskill makes an interception as ULM Warhawks take on the Louisisana Ragin Cajuns Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. Quarterback Levi Lewis as ULM Warhawks take on the Louisisana Ragin Cajuns Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. Chauncey Manac tackles Chandler Rogers as ULM Warhawks take on the Louisisana Ragin Cajuns Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. ULM Warhawks take on the Louisisana Ragin Cajuns Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. Jared Sparks (8) catches a pass as the ULM Warhawks take on the Louisisana Ragin Cajuns Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. Rehett Rodriquez (4) runs with the ball as the ULM Warhawks take on the Louisisana Ragin Cajuns Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. The ULM Warhawks take on the Louisisana Ragin Cajuns Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. The ULM Warhawks take on the Louisisana Ragin Cajuns Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. Louisiana-Lafayette wide receiver Kyren Lacy (2) celebrates a touchdown against Louisiana-Monroe in the first half an NCAA college football game in Lafayette, La., Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton) Louisiana-Lafayette linebacker Chauncey Manac (17) forces a fumble as he tackles Louisiana-Monroe running back Javin Myers (1) in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Lafayette, La., Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton) Louisiana-Monroe place kicker Calum Sutherland (31) makes a field goal in the first half against Louisiana-Lafayette in an NCAA college football game in Lafayette, La., Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton) Louisiana-Monroe wide receiver Jared Sparks (8) runs for a gain after a reception against Louisiana-Lafayette an NCAA college football game in Lafayette, La., Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton) Louisiana-Monroe quarterback Rhett Rodriguez (4) throws in the first half an NCAA college football game against Louisiana-Lafayette in Lafayette, La., Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton) Louisiana-Lafayette wide receiver Kyren Lacy (2) scores a touchdown against Louisiana-Monroe safety Jordyn Riley (20) in the first half an NCAA college football game in Lafayette, La., Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton) Louisiana-Lafayette wide receiver Kyren Lacy (2) grabs a touchdown pass next to Louisiana-Lafayette tight end Hunter Bergeron (89) against Louisiana-Monroe in the first half an NCAA college football game in Lafayette, La., Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton) Louisiana-Lafayette head coach Billy Napier, right, watches Louisiana-Lafayette quarterback Levi Lewis (1) warm up before an NCAA college football game against Louisiana-Monroe in Lafayette, La., Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton) Louisiana-Monroe head coach Terry Bowden watches his team warm up before an NCAA college football game against Louisiana-Lafayette in Lafayette, La., Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton) Louisiana-Monroe quarterback Rhett Rodriguez (4) warms up before an NCAA college football game against Louisiana-Lafayette in Lafayette, La., Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)

Louisiana-Lafayette has its successor to Billy Napier.

The university has hired Michael Desormeaux, the school announced Sunday afternoon.

Desormeaux will become Louisiana’s 27th head coach, and the second – along with Napier – hired by athletic director Bryan Maggard.

Desormeaux, 36, a Cajuns quarterback from 2004-08, has no college head coaching game experience. But he has worked as an assistant under two Louisiana-Lafayette coaches.

“Throughout our search process, we were intentional in identifying someone who could carry on the winning (culture) that we have built at the University of Louisiana,” Maggard said in a statement. “We looked both internally and externally and it became very evident that not only is Mike Desormeaux ready to be a head coach, but he is the right head coach for our program now.

Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
© SCOTT CLAUSE/USA TODAY Network Michael Desormeaux, co-offensive coordinator, watches on the sidelines as Louisiana takes on Appalachian State.

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“Mike has amazing relationships with every member of our nationally ranked team and is highly respected by the high school football coaches in the state of Louisiana. He is a man of unbelievable character and integrity, is highly respected in the college coaching profession, and has a very high football acumen.”

Desormeaux will take No. 17 Louisiana-Lafayette (12-1) to the New Orleans Bowl on Dec. 18 to face Marshall.

Florida officially named Napier as its new coach Nov. 28, one day after a regular sending-ending victory over Louisiana-Monroe that marked the Cajuns’ 11th consecutive win at the time.

He stayed to coach No. 21 UL’s Sun Belt Conference championship game Saturday against Appalachian State at Cajun Field. The Cajuns beat the Mountaineers 24-16 to win their first outright Sun Belt title.

Desormeaux was Louisiana’s running backs coach in 2016 and tight ends coach in 2017 under Mark Hudspeth, who was fired after seven years following the 2017 season.

Desormeaux was named interim head coach after Hudspeth was let go and before Napier was hired.

Napier retained Desormeaux as tight ends coach, and he promoted him to co-offensive coordinator along with receivers coach Tim Leger when offensive coordinator Rob Sale left after the 2020 season to coach the New York Giants offensive line.

A New Iberia native and product of Catholic High there, Desormeaux got his coaching start as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Catholic High from 2010-13, then was head coach at Lafayette’s Ascension Episcopal School for three seasons.

At Ascension Episcopal, he took over a AES program that finished 0-9 the year before and led them to five wins in 2013, eight the next year and an 11-2 record and the Division IV state semifinals in 2015.

Desormeaux briefly spent time on the practice squad of the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars as a defensive back in 2009 and with the Calgary Stampeders of the CFL before turning to coaching. 

Napier went 40-12 at Louisiana, including 2-1 in bowl games and 33-5 over the last three seasons.

He is the first Cajuns coach to take a Power 5 job after leaving Louisiana, and the only former Cajuns coach to lead an NCAA program immediately after leaving the school.

Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Michael Desormeaux as coach to succeed Billy Napier
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Louisiana Lafayette fans react to the arrival of Appalachian State’s football team before the Sun Belt Conference championship game. Northern Illinois Huskies linebacker Lance Deveaux Jr. (2) celebrates in a team photo after winning the MAC Championship Game against the Kent State Golden Flashes at Ford Field. Northern Illinois Huskies wide receiver Billy Dozier (10) celebrates with defensive end Ivan Davis (52) after winning the MAC Championship Game against the Kent State Golden Flashes at Ford Field. Northern Illinois Huskies running back Jay Ducker (8) runs the ball against Kent State Golden Flashes linebacker Mandela Lawrence-Burke (28) during the fourth quarter of the MAC Championship Game at Ford Field. Northern Illinois Huskies quarterback Rocky Lombardi (12) celebrates with running back Clint Ratkovich (25) after scoring a touchdown during the second quarter of the MAC Championship Game against the Kent State Golden Flashes at Ford Field. Northern Illinois Huskies running back Antario Brown (1) gets wrapped up by Kent State Golden Flashes safety Nico Bolden (24) during the second quarter of the MAC Championship Game at Ford Field. Kent State Golden Flashes quarterback Dustin Crum (7) gets tackled by Northern Illinois Huskies cornerback Javaughn Byrd (29) during the first quarter of the MAC Championship Game at Ford Field. Western Kentucky defensive back A.J. Brathwaite Jr. (2) and UTSA quarterback Frank Harris (0) face off after Harris scored a touchdown during the Conference USA championship game at the Alamodome in San Antonio. Utah quarterback Cameron Rising (7) throws a pass during the Pac-12 championship game against Oregon. Oregon Ducks defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux trips up Utah wide receiver Britain Covey during the Pac-12 championship game. Utah running back Tavion Thomas (9) runs the ball in for a touchdown against Oregon during the first half of the Pac-12 championship game. UTSA running back Sincere McCormick (3) barrels in for a touchdown during the first half of the Conference USA championship game against Western Kentucky. Utah quarterback Cameron Rising (7) tries to escape the pressure from Oregon linebacker Noah Sewell (1) during the Pac-12 championship game. UTSA safety Dadrian Taylor (7) trips up Western Kentucky running back Noah Whittington (20) during the Conference USA championship game at the Alamodome. Oregon quarterback Anthony Brown (13) is brought down by Utah defensive tackle Junior Tafuna (58) during the first half of the Pac-12 championship game. The Utah offense prepares to snap the ball at midfield against Oregon during the first half of the Pac-12 championship game at Allegiant Stadium. Western Kentucky running back Noah Whittington (20) runs the ball during the first half of the Conference USA championship game against UTSA. UTSA quarterback Frank Harris (0) runs the ball during the first half of the Conference USA championship game against Western Kentucky. Western Kentucky wide receiver Mitchell Tinsley (5) celebrates a touchdown catch with teammate Daewood Davis during the first half of the 2021 Conference USA championship game. A view of the Pac-12 Conference logo at midfield of Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas before the Pac-12 championship game between the Oregon Ducks and the Utah Utes. The Conference USA trophy is seen with team helmets of the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers and the UTSA Roadrunners before the championship game at the Alamodome in San Antonio. Fans tailgate outside the Alamodome in San Antonio before the Conference USA championship game between Western Kentucky and Texas-San Antonio.

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