December 14, 2015

MONROE, La. (AP) Louisiana-Monroe has hired Matt Viator as the Warhawks' next head football coach, luring him away from McNeese State, where he never had a losing season during the past decade.

Viator, whose hiring was announced by ULM on Monday, went 78-33 during 10 seasons at McNeese State, coaching the Cowboys to the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision playoffs five times.

He was named Southland Conference coach of the year for the third time after leading McNeese State to a 2015 regular season record of 10-0. The Cowboys then advanced to the second round of the FCS playoffs before falling to Sam Houston State, 34-29.

Viator replaces Todd Berry, who was ULM's coach from 2010 until his firing during this season, which the Warhawks finished with a record of 2-11.

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AP college website: collegefootball.ap.org

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