Matt Viator Era Ends at McNeese, UL-Monroe Makes It Official
Pending final approval by the Louisiana System Board of Supervisors, Matt Viator officially jumped ship from McNeese to UL-Monroe this morning.
That ends 10 winning seasons of football at McNeese -- three of which were perfect until the playoffs came around. Viator leaves with a .703 winning percentage, tied for the school's all-time win record at 78-33.
Viator started in high school football as an assistant coach at Sam Houston High before becoming head coach at Vinton and later Jennings. He took the Jennings Bulldogs to a state championship in 1992 and was named Louisiana Coach of the Year. He'd win that honor again in 1998 at the helm of Sulphur High's program.
No details of Viator's new contract at ULM have been made public yet.
Meanwhile, his new team -- the Warhawks -- haven't had a winning season since 2012 and finished 2-11 this year. Former Head Coach Todd Berry was dismissed in November.