From NCAA Busts to Major Leagues: Vanderbilt Hires James Madison Coach Mark Byington”.

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

On Monday, there was a flurry of coaching changes in the world of college basketball. The latest news to break is that Vanderbilt has hired James Madison coach Mark Byington. This hire came just under 18 hours after Byington’s 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 being ranked 62nd at KenPom.com. They made history by winning their first NCAA tournament game since 1983 with a notable victory over Wisconsin.

Byington played a crucial role in transforming JMU into a strong mid-major program over the past four years, posting an impressive record of 82-36 and leading them through a conference transition. His success at JMU has earned him recognition from other high-major programs, including Vanderbilt, which had been searching for a new coach since last season ended.

The hiring of 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. With Byington on board, Vanderbilt is now set to start a new chapter in its basketball program’s history.

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