Napier at 2018 Sun Belt Media Day
|Born||July 21, 1979|
|Alma mater||Furman University|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|2005||South Carolina State (QB)|
|2011||Alabama (Off. Analyst)|
|2012||Colorado State (AHC/QB)|
|2017||Arizona State (OC/QB)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|2 Sun Belt West (2018, 2019)|
Napier was a standout quarterback for Murray County High School in his hometown of Chatsworth, Georgia, where he played for his father who was his head coach. He was named All-State in 1997 and accepted a scholarship to play football at Furman University. During his time with the Furman Paladins, Napier was a four-time letterman, and took over the starting quarterback duties for his junior and senior seasons. The Paladins won two conference championships during Napier's time there, and he was selected to two All-Southern Conference teams at quarterback. In his junior year, he led his team to the 2001 NCAA Division I-AA Football Championship Game, losing to Montana, 13-6.
After graduating from Furman, he headed to Clemson as a graduate assistant. Following a two-year stint as a GA at Clemson, he was hired as the QB coach at South Carolina State in 2004. After only one year with SC State, Napier chose to return to Clemson when he accepted a job with dual roles as tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator on Tommy Bowden's staff. In his third year as TE coach and recruiting coordinator, Tommy Bowden resigned midseason after early season struggles that failed to meet high expectations, and Napier gave up his roles as RC and TE coach when he was named QB coach by newly appointed interim head coach Dabo Swinney. His new role also included assisting Swinney with the playcalling duties for the remainder of the year.
When Swinney was promoted from interim head coach to full-time head coach after the 2008 season, Napier was promoted to offensive coordinator while retaining his duties as QB coach. After a 2009 season where Clemson would go on to win the ACC Atlantic Division behind the strength of Napier's offense that scored a then school record 436 points, Napier's 2010 offense output declined mightily ultimately leading to Napier's termination at the end of the 2010 season. Within only a few weeks of being dismissed as OC at Clemson, Napier was contacted by Nick Saban from Alabama and offered a job as an offensive analyst. After spending the 2011 season as an analyst on Saban's staff, Napier earned a championship ring following Alabama's win over LSU in the BCS National Championship Game. As a result of his experience under Saban during the 2011 season as well as the time spent working closely with fellow Alabama assistant Jim McElwain, Napier was able to get back into hands on coaching by following McElwain to Colorado State to become the QB coach and assistant head coach. Napier didn't stay in Colorado for long as Saban brought him back to Tuscaloosa at the end of the 2012 season to take over as WR coach going into the 2013 season.
After a four-year stint as Alabama's WR coach including a second national championship in January 2016, he was hired by Todd Graham to become offensive coordinator at Arizona State. In his first season back at OC since being fired as Clemson's OC back in 2010 Arizona State finished with a 7-5 record and a Sun Bowl trip with Napier's offense leading the way. Arizona State fired head coach Todd Graham after the 2017 season and brought in former NFL coach Herm Edwards who stated publicly that Napier would be able to continue in his role as OC if he would like. However, Napier declined the opportunity to remain at ASU as the offensive coordinator.
On December 15, 2017 Napier accepted the head coaching job of the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns. This is Napier's first time as a head coach of a college football team. After arriving in December of 2017, his first season with the team resulted in a win of the western SBC division, and a bowl appearance (Cure Bowl losing to the Tulane Green Wave), resulting in an overall record of 7-7. In the preseason of the 2019 season, Napier's Cajuns were picked to finish 1st in the West Division and picked to finish second in the conference behind one vote to Appalachian State, a team that the Cajuns have never defeated in their overall record. In addition, eight of his Cajuns were chosen in the preseason all-conference team. This is a feat that has not been accomplished since the early Hudspeth years.
|Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns (Sun Belt Conference) (2018-present)|
|2018||Louisiana||7-7||5-3||T-1st (West)||L Cure|