Jan. 12, 2009
Los Angeles, CA - Loyola Marymount men's basketball Head Coach Bill Bayno, who has been serving a leave of absence since Nov. 24, has officially resigned from the position, LMU Athletics Director Dr. William Husak announced Monday, Jan. 12. Husak also announced that Max Good, who has been the acting head coach during Bayno's leave, has agreed to a multiple-year deal to be the head coach of the Lions.
"Due to medical reasons and on the advice of my doctors, I am resigning from my duties as head men's basketball coach at Loyola Marymount," said Bayno. "I sincerely apologize for any disappointment this might cause the fans, the administration, the students and most importantly my players, their families and my coaching staff. I care deeply for them all and I will always be available to help in any way I can in basketball and in life.
"I would especially like to thank Dr. Husak and the entire LMU administration for this opportunity. Dr. Husak's support and guidance has been invaluable for both my personal and professional growth. Again, I apologize for being unable to accomplish the goals that we have set forth, but I still believe in the vision and I think LMU will still undoubtedly realize their championship aspirations. I wish the entire LMU family all the best in the future."
"In his seven months on the job at LMU, Bill Bayno accomplished more than any coach could reasonably be expected to achieve," said Husak. "We are all grateful for his efforts and recognize the foundation he has built and the path he has established for our basketball program. The LMU family wishes Bill continued progress in his comeback from the emotional distress triggered by responsibilities associated with being a head coach. Bill Bayno will always be a Lion."
Good officially takes over the program as the 25th coach in school history and is no stranger to running a program. This is his 15th season as a head coach at the NCAA level, coaching eight seasons at Bryant College (2001-08) prior to joining LMU. He also coached at UNLV for one season (2000-01) and five seasons at Eastern Kentucky University (1985-90). He was the head coach at the New England prep school Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield, Maine, for 10 seasons (1990-00).
"In selecting our next head coach, one only needs to read Max's resume to learn what an outstanding coach he has been at every level that he has worked," said Husak. "His reputation as a master teacher and strategist who expects the very best of his players is well documented. Coach Good has done an outstanding job in maintaining the development and spirit of this year's team, which has faced so many trials and tribulations."
Good has been at the helm of the Lions for 12 games this season, overcoming a limited roster of just seven healthy scholarship players and a non-conference schedule ranked as high as 47 in the RPI. Good has an NCAA head coaching record of 229-225 heading into the Lions' West Coast Conference game against Saint Mary's Thursday. In addition, he amassed an overall record of 275-30 in 10 seasons at the Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield, Maine. He enjoyed three undefeated seasons, won five New England Prep School Athletic Conference Championships, registered a 79-game winning streak that spanned three seasons and coached 87 players who went to play Division I college basketball, including nine who reached the NBA.
In addition to his record, Good has coached some of the best, including NBA players Sean Colson (Houston), Cuttino Mobley (LA Clippers), Brad Miller (Sacramento), Erick Barkley (Portland), Demarr Johnson (San Antonio), Mamadou Ndiaye (Denver), Caron Butler (Wizards) and Etdrick Bohannon (Cleveland).
"In naming Max Good our head coach, we are committing to the direction that this staff has established for the future of LMU basketball," said Husak. "I believe our current players and those who will be Lions in the years to come, will have the very best LMU experience to develop as basketball players, scholars and people because Max Good will be at the helm.
"Bill Bayno frequently said that the best recruiting job he did was in assembling his coaching staff. Jason Levy, Myke Scholl and Gabe Carter along with Max have created a work ethic and energy level that has been amazing."
The Lions will take on 15-1 Saint Mary's on Thursday, Jan. 15 at 6 p.m. and then take on San Diego on Saturday, Jan. 17, also at 6 p.m. Both games are on television, with Thursday's game on Comcast Sports Bay Area and Saturday's is on San Diego Channel 4. Every LMU game can be heard on KXLU 88.9 FM and LMULions.com.
Courtesy of LMU Sports Information