Statesboro, GA (Sports Network) - Georgia Southern has hired Mark Byington to
lead the men's basketball team, the school announced on Monday.
Byington spent nine seasons with fellow Southern Conference foe College of
Charleston, including seven as the team's top assistant. The former UNC
Wilmington 1,000-point scorer also took over as the interim coach for
Charleston Southern from 2011-12 after coach Bobby Cremins took a leave of
The Cougars went 7-4 in their final 11 contests of the season with Byington at
"Mark has the energy, the knowledge, the experience and the work ethic to
elevate our men's basketball program to where we want it to be, which is
competing for conference championships," director of athletics Tom Kleinlein
said. "He rose to the top of a pool of a quality group of candidates as we
conducted an exhaustive national search. What we found throughout the process
is that Mark is the best fit for Georgia Southern University."
The Eagles finished 14-19 overall and went 7-11 in the SoCon this past season.
The school fired former coach Charlton "C.Y." Young after four seasons after
he compiled a 48-34 record with the Eagles, including a 26-46 mark in
Byington graduated from UNC Wilmington in 1998 and began his coaching career
at Hargrave Military Academy in 2001-02 as an assistant. He then served as the
director of basketball operations at Virginia two years later after holding
the role of a graduate student manager with the Cavaliers the two years prior.
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