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 were made. James Madison’s Mark Byington was hired by Vanderbilt, while Kyle Smith joined Stanford and Danny Sprinkle joined Washington.

James Madison started their NCAA tournament play with a win over Wisconsin, marking their first tournament victory in nearly 40 years. Under Byington’s leadership, the program had risen to become a formidable mid-major contender over the past four seasons, with an impressive record of 82-36 during his tenure.

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 changes have reshaped the college basketball landscape and set the stage for new opportunities and challenges for the programs involved.

By Aiden Johnson

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