Indiana Pacers assistant Bill Bayno resigns for health reasons

Feb 2, 2021; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; The ball drops through the hoop during a team warm up period prior to the Utah Jazz against the Detroit Pistons at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

Indiana Pacers assistant Bill Bayno submitted his resignation, citing personal and health reasons, the team announced Monday.

According to ESPN, Bayno intends to address his mental health.

Bayno, 58, had been on a leave of absence for the past two weeks. He had served as a Pacers assistant since 2016, first under Nate McMillan and then under new head coach Nate Bjorkgren.

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Bayno has coped with personal losses in the past couple years, including the deaths of both of his parents, ESPN reported. He also lost “multiple close friends” during the past year, according to the report.

Before joining the Pacers, Bayno served as an assistant coach with the Portland Trail Blazers, Minnesota Trail Blazers and Toronto Raptors. He served as the head coach at UNLV from 1995 to 2000, compiling a 94-64 record and twice reaching the NCAA Tournament.

He also was the head coach at Loyola Marymount at the start of the 2008-09 season before leaving due to health issues.

ESPN reported that Bayno is open to returning to coaching when he is ready.

–Field Level Media