W&M names Coach Mike London to succeed Laycock

Staff Writer

Just two days after Jimmye Laycock’s last game at Zable Stadium, the College of William and Mary named his successor: Mike London.

At Noon Monday, the college’s director of athletics Samantha Huge announced Mike London would take the helm of the Tribe football team as the team’s 30th head coach, according to a College of William and Mary news release.

London was most recently the head coach at Howard University, a prestigious historically black university in Washington D.C., the release said.

London has also previously led teams to the national championships and worked as a former William and Mary assistant coach, according to the release.

“This is an exciting day for William and Mary, and we are thrilled to welcome Mike and his family back to Williamsburg,” Huge said in the release. “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.”

In the release, Huge called London the “perfect successor” to Laycock’s 39-year tenure.

“I am honored and excited to build on the incredible tradition of excellence Jimmye Laycock established,” London said in the release. “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, a native of Hampton, won a national title in 2008 as head coach of the University of Richmond and coach of the year in the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2011.

“We’re delighted to welcome Coach London home to William and Mary,” college President Katherine Rowe said in the release. “He leads with integrity in every aspect of a football program. He embraces the distinctive rigor of William and Mary as well as our championship aspirations within those high standards.”

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