Michael Desormeaux has bled vermilion and white for a long time. From being the starting quarterback in the mid-2000’s to being the co-offensive coordinator, he’s been an integral part of the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns identity.
Less than 24 hours after leading the offense to their first-ever outright Sun Belt Conference championship, he’ll now be taking over as the 27th head coach of the football program, Dr. Bryan Maggard announced on Sunday afternoon.
“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 release from the university. “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.”
Desormeaux has spent the last four years developing as a signal caller under Napier. With his help, the offense ranked third in the Sun Belt in both scoring offense and total offense this season as the Cajuns secured a program-record 12 wins.
“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. I cannot thank Dr. Savoie, Dr. Maggard, and the rest of our leadership enough for this truly unique and special opportunity. This program has been built on relationships, and I am looking forward to continuing to build and advance this #cULture that we have created. I am most excited that I get to stay and continue this journey with these men in that locker room. They are a very talented and special group.”