Billy Napier: 4 things to know about the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns football coach
LAFAYETTE, Louisiana — Billy Napier became the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns head football coach before the 2018 season.
In his first season, Napier guided UL to a 7-7 record and a spot in the AutoNation Cure Bowl, a 41-24 loss to Tulane.
In Year 2, the Ragin' Cajuns won 10 regular season games and reached the Sun Belt Conference Championship Game for a second consecutive season.
Here is some more info about Napier.
What is UL coach Billy Napier's contract, salary?
During the 2019 season, Lousiana coach Billy Napier received a base salary of $875,000. He was eligible for bonuses up to $455,000.
His base salary was the 88th highest in Division I football, according to USA Today. There are 130 Division I head football coaches.
Napier's school buyout on Dec. 1, 2019, was $3,000,520, so just over $3 million.
Ahead of the 2020 LendingTree Bowl, Napier received a two-year contract extension, pushing his contract through the end of the 2025 season.
What is Billy Napier's age?
Louisiana head coach Billy Napier's age is 41 years old. Napier was born on July 21, 1979.
He was 38 years old when he became the UL Ragin' Cajuns football coach on Dec. 15, 2017.
Billy Napier's dad, Bill, coached high school football
Bill Napier coached football Murray County High School in Chatsworth, Georgia, for 25 years. He spent 16 years as Murray County head coach from 1991-2006 and went 94-78-1, according to The Daily Citizen in Dalton, Georgia. He ended his tenure as the program's all-time winningest coach.
He spent his final seven seasons as the Dalton (Georgia) High School offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
Bill Napier died Sept. 26, 2017, at 60 years old. He'd been diagnosed with ALS in 2013.
Did UL coach Billy Napier play college football?
Napier played quarterback at Furman University from 1999-2002, and he wore No. 19. He earned varsity letters each year from 1999-2002.
As a junior in 2001, he led Furman to the Division I-AA national championship game, which the team lost 13-6 to Montana. In the 2001 title game, Napier went 10-for-26 passing for 172 yards while also rushing for 30 yards on 12 attempts.
Napier led Furman back to the I-AA playoffs in 2002, but Villanova defeated Furman 45-38 in the first round. Napier rushed for two touchdowns in that playoff loss.
During both 2001 and 2002, Napier was named the second-team all-conference quarterback in the Southern Conference. He was named the Furman team MVP in 2002.
His wife, Ali Gunn, is a 2003 Furman graduate.
Read more Billy Napier news:
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- UL's Napier tops Sun Belt Conference on total pay list
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