Mike London is the new head football coach at William & Mary. He'll be formally introduced at a press conference Tuesday at 1pm.
“This is an exciting day for William & Mary, and we are thrilled to welcome Mike and his family back to Williamsburg,” says William & Mary Director of Athletics Samantha K. Huge. “Mike embodies the values and character that we need to lead our football program forward and he has demonstrated an ability to develop players and win championships over his nearly 30 years in coaching. His unique journey and commitment to the development of young men make him the perfect successor to carry on Coach Jimmye Laycock’s 39-year legacy while forging a new path for Tribe Football."
London has spent the last two seasons as the head coach at Howard where he had a record of 11-10.
London had a record of 27-46 during his six seasons as head coach at Virginia. He had one winning season with the Cavaliers in 2011 leading Virginia to the Chick-Fil-A Bowl and was named ACC Coach of the Year.
London led his alma mater, Richmond to a FCS national championship in 2008.
"I come to William & Mary with a deep appreciation for the university, football program and community,” London said. “I am honored and excited to build on the incredible tradition of excellence Jimmye Laycock established. He is a part of the foundation of my career and someone I have always respected. I sincerely appreciate President Katherine Rowe and Samantha Huge for making this opportunity possible. I look forward to working with them to pursue championships while developing student-athletes who will pursue excellence in the classroom and on the playing field.”
London replaces Jimmye Laycock, who is retiring after 39 seasons at William & Mary.
London will face his former team next year, when William & Mary plays Virginia at Scott Stadium on September 7th.
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