Mike Houston to Depart as James Madison Football Head Coach

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HARRISONBURG, Va. – James Madison Director of Athletics Jeff Bourne announced Sunday that football Head Coach Mike Houston will depart the university to accept another coaching opportunity at a Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) program.

“We are grateful to Mike Houston, his family and his staff for their commitment to JMU over the last three years,” Bourne said. “When we hired Mike, he was the right coach at the right time for our program. He injected energy, he went about his job the right way, he cared about our student-athletes and he won. That said, success at James Madison is not determined by one individual. The foundation for success here remains intact with our returning and prospective student-athletes, our support staff, the athletics and campus infrastructure, the JMU administration, a passionate fan base and donor support. I am confident that we will have a new coach in place shortly who will build upon that foundation and carry us to even greater success.”

Houston coached the Dukes to three FCS Playoff appearances in three seasons with a 37-6 overall record. JMU went 9-4 in 2018, finished second in the Colonial Athletic Association and advanced to the Second Round of the FCS Playoffs. JMU went 14-1 in each of his first two seasons with a national championship in 2016 and a national runner-up finish in 2017. Both seasons included 8-0 records and first-place finishes in the CAA as JMU won 20 straight league games spanning four seasons. The Dukes also defeated FBS ECU 34-14 in 2017 and hosted ESPN’s College GameDay for the second time in three years.

JMU has engaged Parker Executive Search as consultant to immediately commence a national search.