Reports: Mike Houston leaving James Madison for East Carolina

Mike Houston JMU

RALEIGH, NC – SEPTEMBER 01: Head coach Mike Houston of the James Madison Dukes during their game against the North Carolina State Wolfpack at Carter-Finley Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Raleigh, North Carolina. North Carolina State won 24-13. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

HARRISONBURG (WAVY) – According to multiple reports, Mike Houston is leaving Jams Madison University after three seasons, and will be the 22nd head coach at East Carolina.

JMU announced Houston’s departure on its athletics website, and while ECU has made no official announcement, the school is expected to hold an introductory press conference later in the week. 

Houston leaves Harrisonburg after three years, and said in a statement, “There’s only one JMU. This is a special place and a place that will be hard to ever replicate in future coaching opportunities. I will always have incredible memories of my time here.”

The Dukes were 14-1 with perfect 8-0 conference records in both of Houston’s first two seasons, won the FCS National Championship in 2016, and finished runner-up the following season. JMU finished 9-4 this past season after beling eliminated by Colgate in the second round of the playoffs. 

Houston went 37-6 in three seasons as the Dukes head man. 

He was originally thought to have accepted the head coaching vacancy at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, but after finding out Houstonw as interested in the newly-vacant ECU job, Charlotte rescinded its offer. 

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