Mar 26, 2024 - Sports

Vanderbilt picks new men's hoops coach

New Vandy coach Mark Byington

Mark Byington will reportedly be hired as the new Vanderbilt men's basketball coach. Photo: Jamie Schwaberow/NCAA Photos via Getty Images

The Vanderbilt men's basketball team didn't get to experience the thrill of March Madness, but they are bringing in a new coach whose previous team did.

Driving the news: The Commodores are hiring Mark Byington as the new basketball coach.

  • Byington arrives in Nashville from James Madison, which scored a first-round upset of Wisconsin in the NCAA tournament last week.
  • He replaces Jerry Stackhouse, who mutually parted ways with Vanderbilt after winning just nine games this season.

By the numbers: Byington worked his way up the coaching ladder with stops at Virginia Tech and College of Charleston as an assistant. His first head coaching gig was with Georgia Southern, where he went 131-97 in seven seasons.

  • Under Byington, James Madison went 82-36 and won its first tournament game since 1983.
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