New Chapter Ahead: Exciting Changes on the College Basketball Coaching Carousel

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

Monday was a whirlwind of changes on the college basketball coaching carousel, with several major hires made. Kyle Smith was hired by Stanford, Danny Sprinkle by Washington and Mark Byington by Vanderbilt. The quick hire of Byington 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. Under Byington’s leadership, the program was transformed into a formidable mid-major contender over the past four seasons, with an impressive record of 82-36 during his tenure.

With Byington’s departure from James Madison, high-major coaching positions are now limited to only three open spots: Louisville, Oklahoma State and SMU. The coaching changes have reshaped the college basketball landscape, setting the stage for new opportunities and challenges for the programs involved.

Sophia Reynolds

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