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

On Monday, the college basketball coaching carousel was in full swing as several major changes took place. Firstly, Stanford announced the hire of Kyle Smith, while Washington welcomed Danny Sprinkle to their ranks. Additionally, Vanderbilt secured Mark Byington from James Madison. Byington’s quick hire came just hours after his team’s loss in the NCAA Tournament where they finished 32-4 and made an impressive run.

James Madison started their tournament play with a win over Wisconsin, marking their first NCAA tournament victory in nearly 40 years. During his tenure at James Madison, Byington built the program into a formidable mid-major contender with an impressive record of 82-36.

The decision by Vanderbilt to hire Byington means that high-major coaching positions are now limited, with only Louisville, Oklahoma State and SMU still open. The coaching changes have reshaped the college basketball landscape and set the stage for new opportunities and challenges for the programs involved.

By Riley Johnson

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