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William & Mary hires Mike London as head coach

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

Mike London has been named the new William & Mary Tribe head coach. The 58-year-old replaces Jimmye Laycock, who retired after the season finale on Saturday.

The West Point, New York native becomes the first Tribe new head coach since 1980 when Laycock took over. He takes over after being the Hampton Pirates head football coach.

Former Virginia Cavaliers head coach Mike London coaching against the Richmond Spiders
Mike London coaching against the Richmond Spiders (Getty Images)

In his final season with the Bison, the football team ended with a 4-6 record, including back-to-back losses to end the season. They were defeated 29-17 by the Norfolk State Spartans on November 10th, 2018 at William Price Stadium in Norfolk, Virginia.

In their season finale, they were defeated 56-55 by the Bryant Bulldogs. The non-conference game was played at William H. Greene Stadium in Washington, D.C.

London went 11-10 in his two seasons at the school. He had a 7-4 record during his first season at the school in 2017.

Before spending the 2016 season as the Maryland Terrapins Assistant Head Coach and Defensive Line Coach, he was the Virginia Cavaliers head coach from 2010-2015. He also was the Richmond Spiders head coach for two seasons in 2008 and 2009.

With the Cavaliers, he was 27-46. His best season at the school was in 2011 when they went 8-5 and lost in the Chick-fil-A bowl. The Auburn Tigers defeated the Cavaliers, 43-24, on December 31st, 2011.

After the Bowl game, Virginia went a combined 15-33 over the next four seasons. London’s team won four games in 2012, two games in 2013, five games in 2014, and four games in 2015.

Prior to his arrival in Charlottesville, Virginia, he went 24-5 with the Spiders. In his first campaign in 2008, he won the FCS Championship, as they defeated the Montana Grizzlies, 24-7, at Finley Stadium.

Before accepting the Richmond job, he was the Cavaliers defensive coordinator and defensive line coach in 2006 and 2007. He also was the Houston Texans defensive line coach in 2005.

London was the Cavaliers defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator from 2002 through 2004. He also was the defensive line coach with the Cavaliers in 2001.

He worked as the Boston College Eagles defensive line coach from 1997 through 2000. He was the Spiders outside linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator in 1995 and 1996.

London was the Tribe’s defensive line coach from 1991 through 1994 under Laycock. He also was the Spiders outside linebackers coach in 1989 and 1990.


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