William & Mary Head Football Coach Jimmye Laycock was the featured speaker at the Kiwanis of Williamsburg weekly luncheon on August 5th. He spoke about the upcoming season and many of the new and returning players.
During Laycock's tenure since he took over as head coach in 1980, the fans at Zable have consistently been treated to a winner on the field, as the program's mentor ranks fourth in wins among all active FCS coaches and fifth among all active D-I (FCS and FBS) coaches. Laycock also ranks second all-time among conference head coaches in league wins with 100. He has tutored 41 players to 115 All-America honors from the William and Mary ranks and has coached 11 Academic All-Americans. The 2010 season was especially remarkable as the team finished the regular season as CAA co-champions and earned the nation's No. 2 overall seed for the NCAA playoffs.
None of his achievements speaks more succinctly to Laycock's approach than the program's 100 percent official NCAA graduation-rate report for all student-athletes receiving athletics aid in 2004. To prove this lofty number was no fluke, the team repeated the feat just two years later, as the 1999-2001 cohort also graduated at 100 percent.
The Tribe is well represented in the pro ranks, as 10 former Tribe players were on NFL rosters in the summer of 2015. Since 2009, W&M has produced five NFL draft picks, a figure that leads the CAA and ranks second nationally in the FCS. In addition to the draft picks, 17 Tribe players have signed free agent contracts after their senior season since the conclusion of the 2004. A number of Laycock's former players also have gone on to accomplish success as NFL coaches, among them the Pittsburgh Steelers' Mike Tomlin.
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