May 21, 2024 1:16 pm
Vanderbilt Welcomes Mark Byington: Former James Madison Coach Leads Dukes to Impressive 32-4 Record in 2023-24 Season

The college basketball landscape was reshaped on Monday as the coaching carousel swung into full swing. Vanderbilt secured Mark Byington from James Madison, just hours after their loss in the NCAA Tournament. Byington’s quick hire came despite finishing 32-4 and making an impressive run.

James Madison started their tournament play with a win over Wisconsin, marking their first NCAA tournament victory in nearly 40 years. Byington built the program into a formidable mid-major contender over the past four seasons, with an impressive record of 82-36 during his tenure.

With Vanderbilt’s decision to hire Byington, high-major coaching positions are now limited, with only Louisville, Oklahoma State and SMU still open. The coaching changes have set the stage for new opportunities and challenges for the programs involved.

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