Georgia Southern has found a new head coach, naming Virginia Tech assistant Mark Byington to the position.
The news was first reported by CBSSports.com.
Byington spent this past season working as an assistant coach under James Johnson in Blacksburg after nine seasons at the College of Charleston. The Eagles parted way with Charlton Young a few weeks back after a 43-84 mark in four seasons at the helm.
Last season, Byington took over as the head man at Charleston after head coach Bobby Cremins took a medical leave of absence. The Cougars were 7-4 down the stretch under the interim guide of Byington. After the conclusion of the 2012-13 season, Johnson hired Byington as an assistant at Virginia Tech. He had originally been considered one of the frontrunners for the Charleston position.
“I felt where we needed to go is beyond where we are at right now and that a change in leadership is necessary,” said Georgia Southern athletics director Tom Kleinlein in a release.
Byington will face an interesting situation given the Eagles’ struggles under Young over the past four seasons. In fact, Georgia Southern has not qualified for the NCAA Tournament since 1992 and has never won a game within the Big Dance in the school’s history. The good news however, is considering Byington will have senior-to-be Eric Ferguson on the squad, he will have the team’s leading scorer and rebounder from this past season at his disposal.
Georgia Southern was the only SoCon member to defeat eventual league champion Davidson during the regular season schedule.
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