The University of Louisiana at Monroe is hiring McNeese State coach Matt Viator as its new head coach.

Adam Hunsucker at the Monroe News-Star reported the story as did footballscoop.com and media personality Gene Ponti at myarklamiss.com.

Viator was 77-33 in ten seasons at McNeese and never had a losing season.  His teams won four Southland Conference titles and made five appearances in the FCS playoffs, where his teams went 0-5.  He is the winningest coach in McNeese history.

His entire coaching experience has been in southwest Louisiana where he was a successful high school coach before joining McNeese as an assistant and then head coach.

Viator's McNeese teams were 6-3 against current members of the Sun Belt Conference and the Cowboys also defeated Middle Tennessee and South Florida.

Viator was interviewed last week and then met with University President Dr. Nick Bruno on Friday.

He will replace Todd Berry, who was fired ten games into the 2015 season, where the Warhawks went 2-11.