JMU’s Mark Byington departs for Vanderbilt – Breaking News in JMU Sports

Mark Byington, who has been the head men’s basketball coach at JMU since 2018, is leaving the university to take on a new role at Vanderbilt. During his time at JMU, Byington led the Dukes to an impressive 82-36 record and guided them to the NCAA Tournament in 2023-24. Although they secured a victory over Wisconsin in the first round, they were ultimately defeated by Duke in the second round.

The departure of Byington has left JMU with a $500,000 buyout and now in search of a suitable replacement for him. With players looking for opportunities to play next season and with the transfer portal open, Jeff Bourne, who is set to retire soon, will need to make one final hire for the head men’s basketball coach position.

In addition to finding a new basketball coach, JMU is also faced with filling another important position within its athletic department as Jeff Bourne prepares to retire. With President Jonathan Alger set to leave in the summer and recent hiring of a new head football coach Bob Chesney following Curt Cignetti’s departure to Indiana, there has been significant transition within JMU’s athletic department.

By Samantha Johnson

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