Mark Byington

Mark Byington (born April 22, 1976)

Current position: Head men’s basketball coach
Current team: Vanderbilt Commodores
Current conference: Southeastern Conference (SEC)
College of Charleston record: 7-4 (.636)
Georgia Southern record: 131-97 (.575)
James Madison record: 82-36 (.695)
Vanderbilt record: 0-0 (.000)
Overall record: 220-137 (.616)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2024-present Vanderbilt
2020-2024 James Madison
2013-2020 Georgia Southern
2012-2013 Virginia Tech (asst)
2012 College of Charleston (interim HC)
2005-2012 College of Charleston (asst)
2004-2005 Virginia (DBO)
2002-2004 College of Charleston (asst)
1999-2001 Virginia (grad. manager)

Mark Byington Facts

  • Mark Byington
  • Born April 22, 1976
  • Hometown: Salem, Virginia
  • Alma Mater: University of North Carolina at Wilmington (BA, 1998) / University of Virginia (MA, 2003)
  • Three-year starter at UNCW under coach Jerry Wainwright; named All-CAA as a senior and a two-time All-Academic selection
  • Served as a graduate manager for two years at Virginia, working under head coach Pete Gillen
  • Spent two years at the College of Charleston under Tom Herrion, then returned to UVA for one season as Gillen‘s DBO
  • Went back to Charleston in 2005, spending the next seven seasons as an assistant there – the first year under Herrion and then the remaining six under Bobby Cremins
    • Acted as interim head coach for eleven games in 2012 with Cremins on medical leave; led the Cougars to a 7-4 record
  • Spent the 2012-13 season on James Johnson‘s staff at Virginia Tech
  • Hired in April 2013 to be the new head coach at Georgia Southern, his first full-time head coaching gig at any level
    • Won 20+ games four times in seven years at GSU (131-97 total) and led the Eagles to the CBI in 2017
  • Returned to his home state in March 2020 when he was hired to be the head coach at James Madison
  • Left JMU in March 2024 to become the new head coach at Vanderbilt in the SEC

Mark Byington Coaching Tree

  • Rob Burke (Chowan, UNC Wilmington)
  • Cabral Huff (Edward Waters, Voorhees)
  • Andrew Wilson (VMI)