JMU Faces Athletic Department Turnover: What’s Next for the University?

JMU Sports News: Mark Byington Departs for Vanderbilt

Mark Byington, the successful head men’s basketball coach of JMU, has announced his departure to join Vanderbilt. With a record of 82-36 during his tenure at JMU, Byington led the Dukes to the NCAA Tournament in 2023-24 where they managed to secure a victory over Wisconsin in the first round but were defeated by Duke in the second round.

JMU is now faced with the challenge of finding a replacement for Byington quickly as the transfer portal is currently open and players are securing spots on teams for the upcoming season. The university also has other important positions to fill, including an athletic director and a new head football coach following Bob Chesney’s departure from JMU earlier this year.

The significant changes that have taken place within JMU’s athletic department include President Jonathan Alger’s departure for this summer. With key turnover at various levels, it is crucial for JMU to make the final hiring decisions as soon as possible.

Mark Byington, the successful head men’s basketball coach of JMU, has announced his departure to join Vanderbilt. With a record of 82-36 during his tenure at JMU, Byington led the Dukes to the NCAA Tournament in 2023-24 where they managed to secure a victory over Wisconsin in the first round but were defeated by Duke…

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