James Madison employs Morehead State’s Spradlin

  • Jeff Borzello, ESPN Personnel WriterMar 29, 2024, 01:03 PM ET


    • Basketball recruiting expert.
    • Joined ESPN in 2014.
    • Graduate of University of Delaware.James Madison has employed Morehead State’s Preston Spradlin as its brand-new males’s basketball coach, the school revealed Friday.Spradlin is coming off his second NCAA competition look

      with the Eagles.”My family and I are extremely excited for the opportunity to lead the JMU program and take over throughout a monumental time for the University!”Spradlin said.”Throughout this process it was of the utmost significance that we not just found a great basketball program but also a caring community that we can accept and continue to raise our household. We are eagerly anticipating connecting with the many advocates of JMU Sports and partnering together to complete for future championships! Go Dukes!”Spradlin was the head coach at Morehead State for 8 seasons, building the Eagles into among the most consistent mid-major programs over the previous few years. In his last 4 seasons at the helm, Morehead State won two Ohio Valley regular-season champions, went to 2 NCAA tournaments, won 94 games total and went 58-16 in conference play.This season’s 26 wins set a program record for wins in a season.”Preston stood apart at the top of our

      list as we looked into candidates based upon the resume that he’s constructed

      at a very young age as a head coach,” athletic director Jeff Bourne stated.”As soon as we met him, it was a lot more apparent that he’s the total plan in a head coach. The outcomes speak for themselves, but beyond the results we discovered a genuine and genuine coach and instructor who appreciates his student-athletes, about his institution and the community. Provided our current success at James Madison, our facility, our resources and the enthusiasm of our fanbase, our company believe Preston is the ideal coach to develop something truly unique in Harrisonburg.”Prior to taking over at Morehead State, Spradlin was an assistant under Sean Woods for two seasons and started his training profession as a graduate assistant under John Calipari at Kentucky from 2009 to’11. He’ll change Mark Byington, who left earlier this week for the Vanderbilt job. Byington led James Madison to a historic season, going 32-4 and beating Wisconsin in the preliminary of the NCAA competition.

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