Vanderbilt Welcomes Mark Byington as Head Coach: Former James Madison Coach Guides Dukes to Impressive 32-4 Season in 2023-24


Vanderbilt Welcomes Mark Byington as Head Coach: Former James Madison Coach Guides Dukes to Impressive 32-4 Season in 2023-24

A whirlwind of coaching changes took place on Monday in the world of college basketball. Kyle Smith made a move to Stanford, followed by Danny Sprinkle heading to Washington, and now Vanderbilt has hired James Madison coach Mark Byington. Sources familiar with the situation confirmed the news to CBS Sports. This hire came quickly, less than 18 hours after Byington’s James Madison team was defeated by Duke in the NCAA Tournament. Despite the loss, the Dukes had an impressive season, finishing with a 32-4 record and being ranked 62nd at KenPom.com. Their tournament run started with a notable victory over Wisconsin, marking their first NCAA tournament win since 1983. Byington played a key role in transforming JMU into a strong mid-major program over the past four years, posting an 82-36 record and guiding them through a conference transition.

Vanderbilt’s decision to hire Byington signifies the end of the coaching carousel for high-major programs, with only Louisville, Oklahoma State, and SMU still having vacant head coaching positions.

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