Byington to be named head coach at Georgia Southern
Former College of Charleston basketball assistant coach Mark Byington will be named the head coach at Georgia Southern, a source confirmed Friday.
Georgia Southern is expected to name Byington as its head basketball coach during a press conference Monday.
Byington served as an assistant coach for the College of Charleston for nine seasons under both Tom Herrion and later Bobby Cremins. When Cremins took a medical leave of absence in late January 2012, Byington took over the program, guiding the Cougars to a 7-4 mark over their final 11 games.
Byington spent this past season as an assistant coach under James Johnson at Virginia Tech.
“I talked with the athletic director at Georgia Southern (Tom Kleinlein) and I told him, Mark would be great for the job,” Cremins said. “I know Mark wants to be a head coach and this would be a perfect fit for him. He’s ready to be a head coach.”
Byington, 38, was one of the finalists to replace Cremins when he officially announced his retirement, but the school hired former Tulsa coach Doug Wojcik.
Byington replaces Charlton “C.Y.” Young, who was fired nearly three weeks ago. Young, who played at Georgia Southern and is a member of the school’s athletic hall of fame, was 43-84 in four seasons with the Eagles, including a 26-46 mark in SoCon games. Georgia Southern was 14-19 overall this year and 7-11 in the SoCon. The Eagles were the only SoCon team to beat Davidson during the regular season.
Byington did not return several phone calls Friday for comment.