June 21, 2024

JMU Faces Crucial Hiring Decisions Amid Athletic Department Turnover and Transfer Portal

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JMU Sports News: Mark Byington Departs for Vanderbilt

The athletic department at JMU has seen a great deal of change in recent times, with key positions needing to be filled. This includes the departure of Mark Byington, who is leaving to join Vanderbilt as their head men’s basketball coach. Despite his impressive record of 82-36 during his tenure at JMU, he led the Dukes to the NCAA Tournament in 2023-24 but was defeated by Duke in the second round.

With Jeff Bourne set to retire and an important decision needing to be made regarding the hire of a new athletic director, JMU must act quickly. The transfer portal is currently open, and players are securing spots on teams for the upcoming season. It is crucial for the university to make its final hiring decisions before players start making their own choices about where they will play next year.

In addition to filling two key positions, JMU also needs to find a replacement for Byington as head men’s basketball coach. With such a notable amount of turnover within the athletic department, it is essential that JMU brings in experienced and capable coaches who can help guide the team towards success on and off the court.

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