The Coaching Carousel Comes to a Close: Mark Byington Hired by Vanderbilt

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

On Monday, the world of college basketball saw a flurry of coaching changes. First, Kyle Smith left his position at Virginia Tech to join Stanford. Next, Danny Sprinkle departed from Auburn to take over at Washington. And finally, James Madison coach Mark Byington was hired by Vanderbilt. Sources close to the situation confirmed the news to CBS Sports.

The hire of Byington came quickly, just 18 hours after his James Madison team was defeated by Duke in the NCAA Tournament. Despite their loss, the Dukes had an impressive season, finishing with a 32-4 record and ranking 62nd on KenPom.com. Their tournament run began with a notable victory over Wisconsin, marking their first NCAA tournament win since 1983. Over the past four years, Byington played a key role in turning JMU into a strong mid-major program, posting an 82-36 record and leading them through a conference transition.

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

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