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JMU Faces Another Transition as Head Basketball Coach Mark Byington Leaves for Vanderbilt: The University’s Athletic Department Rebuilds Amid Retirements and Coaching Departures

BySamantha Nguyen

Mar 25, 2024
JMU’s Mark Byington departs for Vanderbilt – Breaking News in JMU Sports

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

JMU has been hit with a $500,000 buyout due to Byington’s departure. The university will now focus on finding a suitable replacement for Byington as players look for opportunities to play next season. Jeff Bourne, who is set to retire, will need to make one final hire to fill the head men’s basketball coach position.

As if that wasn’t enough change for JMU’s athletic department, there is also a need for a new athletic director due to Bourne’s upcoming retirement. With President Jonathan Alger set to leave in the summer and recent hires of Bob Chesney as head football coach following Curt Cignetti’s departure to Indiana and Jonathan Smith as assistant athletic director, there has been significant transition within JMU’s athletic department.

By Samantha Nguyen

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