Matt Viator has signed a 2-year extension to remain at ULM, the program has announced.

The extension keeps him under contract through the 2022 season; the financial terms were not changed, the school said. He earned $390,000 in 2019, according to USA Today.

Viator is the only coach to lead the Warhawks to three straight seasons of .500 or better in Sun Belt play since the conference was formed in 2001. He is 19-29 overall and 15-17 in Sun Belt play in four seasons on the job.

Prior to ULM, Viator went 78-33 with five playoff appearances at McNeese State from 2006-15.

“We’re fortunate to have Matt Viator at the helm of the ULM football program,” ULM AD Scott McDonald said. “He is widely recognized as one of the top head coaches in the Sun Belt Conference. Our program has made great strides over the last four seasons, the last two years in particular, narrowly missing becoming bowl eligible in consecutive seasons.

“Continuity is key for on-the-field success, so with the contract extension, we wanted to acknowledge and reward Coach V for the stability, excitement and competitiveness, he has brought to our program. Also, during these uncertain times with the COVID-19 pandemic, I cannot think of a better coach to provide steady and decisive leadership to our program. His primary focus remains ensuring the health and safety of the student-athletes, coaching and support staffs.

“Coach V has a vision and game plan for building a championship-caliber program, and I’m confident that our University will be rewarded for its commitment.”

ULM is scheduled to open the 2020 campaign on Sept. 5 against Cal Poly.

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