Who is Billy Napier?
William ”Billy” Hall Napier is an American professional football coach working as head coach at the University of Florida. He previously was the head coach at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette from 2018 to 2021. At Louisiana, he amassed a 40-12 record in four seasons with three consecutive 10+ win seasons and two seasons finishing in the AP Poll both firsts in the programs’ history. Before serving Louisiana, he worked as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Arizona State University in 2017.
Billy Napier Career
Napier was a standout quarterback player for Murray County High School in Chatsworth, Georgia, his hometown. His father was his head coach. In 1997, he was named All-State and accepted a scholarship to play football at Furman University. He was a four-time letterman, taking over the starting quarterback duties for his junior and senior seasons, during his time with the Furman Paladins.
The team won two conference championships during his time there. He was picked to two All-Southern Conference teams at quarterback. Napier led the Paladins to the 2001 NCAA Division I-AA Football Championship Game, in his junior year, losing to Montana, 13-6. He received second-team All-Southern Conference honors in 2001 and 2002.
How old is Billy Napier?
He is 43 years old as of February 2023, having been born on July 21, 1979, in Cookeville, Tennessee, U.S. Billy Napier shares his birthday with celebrities such as; Kaylee Halko, Robin Williams, Erling Braut Haaland, Maggie Lindemann, Romeo Santos, and many more.
Billy Napier Family
Who are Billy Napier’s parents?
William ”Billy” Hall Napier was born to his parents, Bill Napier (Father, born on April 14, 1957, but died on September 26, 2017) and Pam Napier (Mother) in Cookeville, Tennessee. His father was a head coach for Murray County High School in Chatsworth, Georgia, where Napier studied. His father after a four-year battle with ALS.
Does Billy Napier have siblings?
Napier was born to his parents into a family of four children. He has three siblings, two brothers, Matt Napier, and Kurt Napier, and one sister Whitney Releford.
Billy Napier Education
Napier received his high school education at Murray County High School in his hometown of Chatsworth, Georgia. He then accepted a scholarship to Furman University, where he played football.
Billy Napier Interests
Inspired by his father who was a head coach of football, Napier grew his interest in football from an early age. He was coached by his father at Murray County High School. Napier is a stunt Christian by faith.
Billy Napier Wife
Napier is married to the love of his life beautiful wife Ali Napier. The couple happily lives with their four children in Lafayette, Louisiana.
Billy Napier Kids
Napier and his sweetheart, Ali have three children together. His children include two sons, Sammy Nelson Napier, and Charlie Napier (born in 2016), and one daughter Annie Napier.
Billy Napier Height
Adding up to his well-built body is a height of 5 ft 10 inches (1.79 m) and a weight of 78 kg (179 lbs).
Early coaching career (Clemson, SC State)
Napier went to Clemson as a graduate assistant after graduating from Furman. After a two-year period as a GA at Clemson, he was then employed as the QB coach at South Carolina State in 2004. He opted to go back to Clemson after serving one year with SC State. This was after he accepted a job with two roles as tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator on Tommy Bowden’s staff.
In the third year as TE coach and recruiting coordinator, Tommy resigned mid-season following early-season struggles that failed to meet high expectations. Napier then gave up his role after he was named QB coach by newly appointed interim head coach Dabo Swinney. His new role consisted of assisting Swinney with the playcalling duties for the remaining part of the year.
Alabama, Colorado State, Florida State, and Arizona State
After Swinney got promoted from interim head coach to full-time head coach after the 2008 season. Billy was promoted to offensive coordinator, retaining his duties as QB coach. Clemson went on to win the ACC Atlantic Division behind the strength of Napier’s offense, scoring a then school-record 436 points after the 2009 season. A decrease in Clemson’s offensive output led to Napier’s termination by the end of the 2010 season. He was then contacted by Nick Saban from Alabama, after a few weeks of being dismissed from Clemson and was offered a job as an offensive analyst. Spending the 2011 season as an analyst on Saban’s staff, he received a championship ring after Alabama’s victory over LSU in the BCS National Championship Game.
Colorado State and Florida State
Billy was able to return to coaching by following Jim McElwain to Colorado State to become the QB coach and assistant head coach. This was out of his experience under Saban in the 2011 season and time spent serving along with Alabama assistant Jim. However, he did not stay in Colorado for long, after he was hired by Jimbo Fisher, then head coach at Floride State in January 2013. He was hired to be the team’s tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator but left less than a month later. This was after Saban called him to Tuscaloosa to take over Mike Groh as WR coach going onto the 2013 season.
Arizona State: 2016-2017
Napier spent a four-year period as Alabama’s WR coach consisting of a second national championship in January 2016. He was then hired to be an offensive coordinator at Arizona State by Todd Graham. In his first season back at OC since being sacked as Clemson’s OC back in 2010, his offense led Arizona State to complete with a 7-5 record and a Sun Bowl trip. The team then sacked head coach Todd after the 2017 season and hired former NFL coach Herm Edwards. Edwards mentioned publically that Napier was able to continue in his role as OC if he liked, but Napier refused to remain at ASU as the offensive coordinator.
Napier accepted the head coaching job at the University of Louisiana on December 15, 2017. It is his first time as a head coach of a college football team. In his first season, the team won the Western SBC division and a bowl appearance, with an overall record of 7-7. His Cajuns were selected in the preseason of the 2019 season to complete 1st in the West Division. They were also selected to complete second in the conference, one vote behind Appalachian State. Also, eight of his Cajuns were selected in the preseason all-conference team, accomplishing a feat that was accomplished in the early Hudspeth years.
Napier’s Cajuns beat the Miami RedHawks in the 2020 LendingTree Bowl in January by scoring 27-17. This was his first bowl win with the team and as a head coach. Followed by a win in the First Responder’s Bowl in 2020. He broke major team records with the team such as the first double-digit winning season, receiving votes in major national polls, and a first divisional conference championship. As well as the first victory over a ranked team on the road. The second victory over a ranked opponent, the first-ever regular-season game to air on ESPN. And the highest-ranked team that the Cajuns have ever beaten.
Napier was named the 29th head coach at the University of Florida. Taking the place of Dan Mullen on November 28, 2021. On December 5, 2021, he was officially announced by Florida via a press conference.
Billy Napier’s Salary and Net Worth
American football coach, Napier, currently the head coach at the University of Florida is a former player at Furman University. He has coached various teams in his career and earns an annual salary of $7.1 million. Napier is one of the richest American football players and coaches. And has an accumulative net worth of approximately $4 million as of 2021.