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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Jimmye Laycock, college football’s longest-tenured coach, has announced he will retire following the 2018 season. The 70-year-old will coach one final season at his alma mater.

Laycock has been the William & Mary head football coach since 1980. Yet, his team is coming off of a disappointing season last year, as they went 2-9 with 1-7 within the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA).

William & Mary coach Jimmye Laycock talking to Virginia head coach Bronco Mendenhall after a game

Jimmye Laycock shaking hands with Bronco Mendenhall (Getty Images)

“Coaching the William & Mary program is a tremendous honor,” said Laycock. “I have always taken a great deal of pride in leading my alma mater and have been grateful for the opportunity to work with such tremendous young men. Any success we have had is shared among all the great assistant coaches and the thousands of outstanding student-athletes who have come through our program.

“This was obviously a difficult decision, but the time was right to make this announcement. That being said, I can assure you that the coming season has my full attention and preparing this team will have my complete focus.”

In the past two seasons, his teams have a combined seven wins. But, he also 15 losses in those two campaigns.

William & Mary has not had a winning season under Laycock since the 2015 season. They finished with a 9-4 season.

The No. 7 seed Richmond Spiders defeated the Tribe, 48-13, in the second round of the FCS playoff bracket. The Spiders went all the way to the semifinal before losing in the North Dakota State Bisons.

As a head football coach, he is 245-189-2 at the school, his only college football head coaching job. He is also 109-93 in the playoffs, including two Epson Ivy bowl games. He guided Tribe to the NCAA Division I-AA Semifinal in 2004 after an 11-3 season.

Then, again, in 2009, William & Mary also lost in the FCS Playoffs Semifinals.


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