Jimmye Laycock announces he will retire after 2018 football season

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WILLIAMSBURG (WAVY) – In a state released by the College of William & Mary athletics department, Jimmye Laycock announced the 2018 football season will be his last as the Tribe’s long-time head coach.

The longest-tenured Division I coach in the country, Laycock heads into his 39th season at his alma mater with 245 career wins (second among all active Division I coaches), and called it a “difficult decision,” but added “the time was right.

“That being said, I can assure you that the coming season has my full attention and preparing this team will have my complete focus,” said Laycock, who’s team finished 2-9 in 2017. 

Far and away W&M’s all-time leader in career wins, Laycock’s remarkable career accomplishments include 10 NCAA Playoff appearances, five conference titles and 24 winning seasons. Additionally, he guided W&M to the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) semifinals twice – 2004 and 2009 – and finished a season with a national ranking 13 different times.

In 2010, W&M climbed all the way to No. 1 during the regular season before earning the No. 2 seed in the NCAA FCS Playoffs. He enters the 2018 season with a 245-189-2 career record.  When Laycock returned to coach his alma mater prior to the 1980 season, he inherited a program that had won six or more games in a season just four times in the previous 25 years. Few could have predicted that W&M would produce nearly five times that number of seven-win seasons over the next 38 seasons.

William & Mary Athletics contributed to this report. 

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