Vanderbilt Welcomes Mark Byington: Former James Madison Coach Leads Dukes to Impressive 32-4 Record in 2023-24 Season

The college basketball landscape has undergone a major reshuffle with several high-profile coaching changes. On Monday, several major moves were made, including the hiring of Kyle Smith at Stanford, Danny Sprinkle at Washington, and Mark Byington at Vanderbilt.

Byington’s quick hire by Vanderbilt came just hours after James Madison’s loss in the NCAA Tournament, where they finished 32-4 and made an impressive run. During his tenure, Byington built the program into a formidable mid-major contender with an impressive record of 82-36.

James Madison started their tournament play with a win over Wisconsin, marking their first NCAA tournament victory in nearly 40 years. With Byington’s departure, high-major coaching positions are now limited to only Louisville, Oklahoma State and SMU. The coaching changes have set the stage for new opportunities and challenges for the programs involved.

By Samantha Johnson

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