London replaces legend as William & Mary coach


STATS FCS Senior Editor

(STATS) - A lot of people will be surprised to learn Mike London became William & Mary's 30th head football coach when he was hired by the Tribe on Monday.

The number probably seems impossible because London is replacing the legendary Jimmye Laycock, who guided William & Mary for the last 39 seasons.

The Tribe stayed with a highly experienced coach as the 58-year-old London, who was an assistant under Laycock from 1991-94, previously led the programs at Richmond, Virginia and, most recently, Howard. He has a 59-58 career record in 10 seasons, which includes a 2008 FCS national championship season at Richmond.

"I come to William & Mary with a deep appreciation for the university, football program and community," London said. "I am honored and excited to build on the incredible tradition of excellence Jimmye Laycock established. He is a part of the foundation of my career and someone I have always respected."

London went 11-10 the last two seasons at Howard. The Bison tied for second in the MEAC in 2017.

He takes over a William & Mary program that finished 4-6, including 3-4 in CAA Football, this season.

Updated November 19, 2018

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