Former QB, assistant Michael Desormeaux new head coach at Louisiana
Michael Desormeaux was named head coach at Louisiana, his alma mater, on Sunday.
He replaces Billy Napier, who was hired as the head coach at Florida.
Desormeaux, 36, played quarterback for the Ragin’ Cajuns (2005-08). He spent the past six seasons on Louisiana’s coach staff, most recently as co-offensive coordinator in 2021.
This season, the Ragin’ Cajuns won their first-ever Sun Belt Conference championship. At 12-1, they are ranked No. 16 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll.
“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,” athletic director Bryan Maggard said in a news release.
“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. 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.”
As a player, Desormeaux passed for 3,893 yards and 23 touchdowns while rushing for 2,843 yards and 16 TDs. He was named All-Sun Belt Conference three times and was the Offensive Player of the Year as a senior after throwing for 1,876 yards while rushing for 1,035 yards.
“I am absolutely thrilled and honored to serve as the next head coach at the University of Louisiana,” Desormeaux said. “I am a Ragin’ Cajun through and through, so to get this unbelievable opportunity is humbling to say the least.”
–Field Level Media