Vanderbilt basketball to hire JMU’s Mark Byington to replace Stackhouse


Vanderbilt basketball announced Monday it has hired James Madison’s Mark Byington as its next head coach.

Byington, 47, has a 220–137 record as coach. 

James Madison was in the spotlight this season after finishing with a 32-4 record that included two upset wins over Big Ten teams: one over Michigan State in November and one as a 12-over-5 March Madness upset over Wisconsin.

In 2022-23, James Madison also finished with 22 wins and were ranked in the top 100 of KenPom but did not participate in any postseason tournament.

The Commodores parted ways with former coach Jerry Stackhouse after a 9-23 season and a 4-14 SEC record. Stackhouse did not qualify for the NCAA tournament in five seasons at Vanderbilt.

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