Byington’s Exit Leaves JMU Basketball Searching for a New Coach Amidst Departmental Shakeup

JMU Sports News: Mark Byington Departs for Vanderbilt

Mark Byington, the head men’s basketball coach of JMU, has announced his departure to join Vanderbilt. During his tenure at JMU, Byington led the team to a record of 82-36 and took them to the NCAA Tournament in 2023-24. Despite their victory over Wisconsin in the first round, they were defeated by Duke in the second round.

As a result of Byington’s departure, JMU is set to receive a $500,000 buyout. The university is now faced with finding a replacement quickly as the transfer portal is currently open and players are securing spots on teams for the upcoming season. With Jeff Bourne about to retire, this makes it crucial for JMU to make the final hiring decision soon.

JMU has already undergone significant changes within its athletic department, with President Jonathan Alger announcing his departure for this summer and a new head football coach, Bob Chesney, being hired in late 2023 following Curt Cignetti’s departure for Indiana. Additionally, there has been notable key turnover at various levels within JMU’s athletic department.

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