The following comes directly from James Madison University:
HARRISONBURG, Va. – James Madison Director of Athletics Jeff Bourne announced on Wednesday that a national search for a new football head coach has commenced with the departure of Everett Withers accepting the head coach position at Texas State.
Bourne commented, “While we are disappointed to see Coach Withers depart, we are grateful for what he accomplished in his two years at James Madison and excited for the future of our program. We are confident that there are candidates available who will fit the characteristics of this institution, provide a comprehensive college experience to our student-athletes and continue the history of success for this program.”
With the search already underway, the university will continue its relationship with CarrSports during the hiring process to appoint a new head coach. CarrSports assisted with the hiring of Everett Withers in 2013 and also worked with the university on its FBS Feasibility Study.
Remaining JMU assistant coaches and other support staff will continue to work with current and prospective student-athletes during the coaching search until a new staff is in place.
Withers stated, “I would like to thank President Alger, Vice President Charlie King and Athletic Director Jeff Bourne for the opportunity to lead JMU Football for the last two seasons. It has always been a mission in every opportunity that I have been associated with to leave it in a better place than when we started. Enhance and make better. I would also like to thank the players of both the 2014 and 2015 football teams for allowing me to be a part of their lives. I believe we earned each other’s trust and, as we’ve discussed many times as a team, you must have TRUST before you can expect LOVE. I truly hope that both have been earned, between myself and every member of our two teams. I would also like to thank the Harrisonburg community for being so welcoming. My family has met so many wonderful people we will always call friends. Good luck to JMU Athletics and especially JMU Football. Remember; Energy+Creativity=Production.”
The Dukes are well-positioned for continued success, going 18-7 over the last two seasons with a pair of appearances in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) playoffs and a share of a Colonial Athletic Association championship in 2015. JMU has also recorded two wins over FBS programs (Virginia Tech, SMU) in the last six years and hosted ESPN’s College GameDay on October 24, 2015. As a program, the Dukes have had a .500 record or better for 13 consecutive seasons dating back to 2003 (106-53 overall) with seven playoff appearances during that time, including a I-AA national title in 2004 and a semifinal appearance as the No. 1 seed in 2008. JMU has ranked in the top five of the FCS for attendance in each of the last five seasons, averaging 21,425 fans per game over that time.