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College Football's Longest-Tenured Head Coach Is Retiring

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The longest-tenured head coach in college football will be retiring following the conclusion of the 2018 season.

Jimmye Laycock, who's been the head coach of his alma mater, William & Mary, since 1980, will be calling it a career after the upcoming season.

The 70-year-old head coach reportedly told his team the news on Sunday night.

From the Times-Dispatch:

This will be Jimmye Laycock’s final season as the football coach at William & Mary, he told his team Sunday night, the eve of the Tribe’s first practice.

Laycock, 70, begins his 39th season as coach of his alma mater on Sept. 1, at Bucknell. There is no reason to believe that this decision to leave the job he accepted before the 1980 season was made by anyone other than Laycock.

W&M has not designated a successor and is expected to conduct a national search for its next coach.

Laycock has compiled a career record of 245-189-2. He released the following statement regarding his decision:

“Coaching the William & Mary program is a tremendous honor. 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.”