The Ragin’ Cajuns will have a bunch of new faces on the sideline for the 2018 season, as head coach Billy Napier has officially filled out his coaching staff. After a disappointing 2017 season, the team will look to get things rolling once again with some fresh faces. The coaches are all listed next to which university they were most recently associated with.
- Head Coach: Billy Napier (Arizona State)
- Director of Football Operations: Troy Wingerter (Ragin’ Cajuns)
- Head Strength/Conditioning: Mark Hocke (Texas A&M)
- General Assistant: Michael Desormeaux (Ragin’ Cajuns)
- Offensive Coordinator, Offensive Line: Rob Sale (Arizona State)
- Running Backs: Jabbar Juluke (Texas Tech)
- Wide Receivers: Tim Leger (UL-Monroe)
- Assistant Offensive Line: D.J. Looney (Mississippi State)
Defense and Special Teams
- Defensive Coordinator: Ron Roberts* (Southeastern Louisiana)
- Special Teams Coordinator and OLB: Matt Powledge (UL-Monroe)
- Defensive Line: Rory Segrest (Arkansas)
- Cornerbacks: Zach Etheridge (Western Carolina)
- Safeties: Patrick Toney (UTSA)
*It was announced in late December that Karl Scott would be defensive coordinator for the Cajuns, but he recently accepted a position at the University of Alabama.
A big aspect of the Ragin’ Cajun style of play on offense is the run game, so hiring Billy Napier is consistent with that mentality. He brought Rob Sale with him from Arizona State, who served the Sun Devils as the offensive line coach and “run game coordinator.” Sale’s inclusion on the Cajun staff shows that Napier believes in his abilities to continue a tradition of solid run offense.
Three coaches come from teams that the Ragin’ Cajuns played last season: Tim Leger and Matt Powledge come from the UL-Monroe Warhawks while Ron Roberts was the head coach of the Southeastern Louisiana Lions. They will look to use their experience game-planning against the Cajuns to add to the set of tools available to the players and staff.
This will be the first time since 2010 that the Ragin’ Cajuns will be led on the sidelines by somebody other than Mark Hudspeth. Hudpseth had early success with the program, but there is an interesting wrinkle; taking into account vacated victories due to past scandals, Hudspeth only had one winning season with the team. If Napier can find a winning formula and avoid off-field distractions, he should find himself right at home in Lafayette, Louisiana.