Mark Byington Lands New Coaching Position

MORGANTOWN, West Virginia — According to multiple sources, James Madison head coach and runner-up to become the next head coach of the West Virginia Mountaineers, Mark Byington, has found a new job.

Byington is expected to be named as the next head coach at Vanderbilt. Byington, 47, has a 210-136 (.617 winning percentage) during his 12 seasons as a head coach at the College of Charleston (2011-2012), Georgia Southern (2013-2020) and James Madison (2020-current). This season, the Dukes finished 32-4 overall and 15-3 in the Sun Belt Conference, and had an impressive win on the road at then #4 ranked Michigan State on the first game of the season for both teams.

According to his bio on the official James Madison basketball homepage, “During the 2022-23 campaign, JMU’s first as a member of the Sun Belt Conference, saw the Dukes rack up 22 wins on the season, their most since the 1981-82 edition posted the program record of 24. JMU set season records for total points (2,658), total rebounds (1,257), total steals (298) and steals per game (9.03), while the Dukes’ scoring average of 80.5 points per game was the third-highest in their Division I history.”

Byington, a Salem, Virginia native, was named the CAA Coach of the Year in 2021.