Mark Byington named as James Madison’s new head basketball coach


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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WFXR) – Mark Byington has been named the new as the new head basketball coach of James Madison University. Byington, is the 11th men’s basketball coach in program history.

The Salem, Virginia native spent seven years as the head coach of the Georgia Southern men’s basketball program. Byington led the Eagle to a 131-97 record. He was also the first Eagles coach to win 20 or more games in three seasons.

Prior to his time in Statesboro, Byington was the top assistant coach at the College of Charleston. There he worked under head coach Bobby Cremins, and was also named interim head coach for the last month of the 2011-12 season.

He started his coaching career at Hargrave Military Academy. Byington also spent some time as an assistant coach over at Virginia Tech, and as a graduate manager at the University of Virginia.

Byington was also named the state Player of the Year as a senior at Salem High School. He lead the Spartans to a state title as well. In terms of the Dukes, they return all fiver starters from the 2019-20 season. They finished the their 2019-20 campaign just 9-21 and 2-16 in conference play.

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