WILLIAMSBURG (WAVY) – A room full of players, coaches, friends and administrators at Zable Stadium stood and applauded as Jimmye Laycock took to the podium on Monday morning.
Laycock, 70, fought back tears, announcing the 2018 football season will be his last as the head coach at the College of William & Mary.
“It’s obviously very emotional, when you’ve been at a place as long as I’ve been here, and have been involved with as many people as I’ve been here,” said a choked up Laycock.
This upcoming campaign will be his 39th at his alma mater. Laycock is the longest-tenured Division I coach in the nation, with 245 career wins under his belt. That tally ranks second among all active Division I coaches. He says he’s at peace with his decision.
“I gave it a lot of thought, and (my career) had to come to an end sooner or later.”
His players found out at a team meeting on Sunday night, and weren’t quite prepared for the news. Senior cornerback Raeshawn Smith said he was “shocked.
“He welcomed me with open arms. Literally. He put his arm around my shoulder, knew me by my first name, first and last name, and he was just really personable and really friendly. That meant a lot to me. That was a big reason why I committed here in the first place.”
Laycock made it clear, he’s not ready to reminisce about his best memories, and that he’s only focused on the upcoming season.