College of Charleston Associate Head Coach Mark Byington has accepted a position on the staff at Virginia Tech the school confirmed on Thursday.
Byington, a Virginia native, is joining a staff led by new Hokies Head Coach James Johnson. Johnson and Byington coached together for 1 season with the Cougars when both were assistants under Tom Herrion.
"Mark Byington is a young, energetic and enthusiastic coach and I'm thrilled to have him join our staff," Johnson said. "He is a local guy from Salem, Va., and knows the ACC area. He has a lot of contacts in this area of the country and is an outstanding recruiter."
The coach has been with CofC for 9 seasons under both Herrion and Bobby Cremins and took over as the Interim Head Coach when Cremins took a medical leave of absence in January. After Cremins retired in March, Byington was named one of the finalists for the permanent job, but ultimately lost out to Doug Wojcik.
"First of all, we are sad to see Mark leave" Wojcik said in a statement "but this is a great opportunity for him and his family. His contributions to the College of Charleston – his work ethic and organization – have made a huge impact to our basketball program over the last nine years. I know what an opportunity like this did for my career and being an assistant at the ACC level will allow him to continue to grow professionally and put him in a great position to achieve his future career goals as he moves up the coaching ladder."
Byington went 7-4 in his time as the Interim Head Coach, including a loss to Appalachian St. in the first round of the SoCon tournament. He was a candidate for an opening at Clemson that ultimately went to Johnson. But Johnson returned to Virginia Tech to take over the program after Seth Greenberg was fired.