Bill Bayno

Bill Bayno (born May 18, 1962 in Newburgh, New York) is an American basketball coach and former player. Currently, he is the head men's basketball coach at Loyola Marymount University. He was also the head coach of the UNLV Runnin' Rebels men's basketball team from 1995 through 2000.

Early life and playing career

Bayno grew up in Goshen, New York, where he was an all-county, all-city and Daily News all-star selection in basketball at John S. Burke Catholic High School/cite web
title=Bill Bayno UNLV bio
publisher=University of Nevada-Las Vegas athletics department
] His father, Joe Bayno, was head basketball coach at Burke [cite news
title= League picks Dickel as player of the week
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] [cite news
title=A legend in his own time
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] . He graduated in 1980 and went on to play guard for the University of Massachusetts under coaches Ray Wilson and Tom McLaughlin from 1980 to 1982.

He transferred to Sacred Heart University where he helped the Pioneers to two Division II tournaments and earned selection as a Division II All-American. After graduating in 1985, Bayno was invited to rookie camp with the NBA's New York Knicks as a free agent, but did not make the team.

Early coaching career

After graduating from Sacred Heart, Bayno had written 100 form letters to coaches throughout the country, asking for a chance to work as a graduate assistant. P. J. Carlesimo, who had met Bayno working summer basketball camps, was the only one who responded with an offer. Bayno served as a graduate assistant under Carleismo at Seton Hall for the 1985-86 season. He was responsible for underclass recruiting and served as co-director of the Pirate Basketball School. Bayno then served during the 1986-87 season as a graduate assistant coach at Kansas under head coach Larry Brown.

Bayno earned his first job as a full-time assistant coach at Baptist College, now known as Charleston Southern. Working under head coach Gary Edwards, Bayno helped lead the Buccaneers to a 17-12 record, and the school was named the “surprise team in the country” for the 1987-88 season by Basketball Times.

Bayno moved on after the season, returning to UMass where he served as assistant coach from 1988 to 1995 under head coach John Calipari. He played a key role in the team's rise to national prominence. During Bayno's tenure the Minutemen made five consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the 1995 regional finals. A year after his departure, UMass reached the Final Four in 1996.


On March 30, 1995 at age 32, Bayno was hired to succeed Tim Grgurich as the head men's coach at UNLV with an annual salary of $600,000cite news
title=Bill Bayno savors quiet life
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] . Bayno had a successful career there, with the Runnin' Rebels earning NCAA Tournament bids in 1998 and 2000, and winning four conference championships. During his tenure, Bayno's UNLV teams logged a 94-65 record, making him the third-winningest coach in the school's history [cite book|title=UNLV 2007-08 Men's Basketball Media Guide|page=163|publisher=UNLV athletic department]

In 1996-97, Bayno's second season at the helm, the Rebels went 22-10 and reached the third round of the 1997 NIT, which marked the program’s first postseason appearance since the 1992-93 season. The 22 wins more than doubled his first season’s win total and were the most at UNLV since 1991-92. Following the season, UNLV signed Bayno to a new five-year contract through the 2002-03 season.

However, in 2000 UNLV was subject to NCAA sanctions for recruiting violations. The penalties included a one-year team suspension from the 2000-01 postseason, and the basketball program was placed on probation for four years. The allegations focused on the 1996 and 1997 recruitment of Lamar Odom, who the NCAA determined had received $5,400 in cash and improper benefits from David Chapman, a Las Vegas-area dentistcite web|url=
title=Bill Bayno: A success story|work=Portland Trail Blazers official web site|publisher=Portland Trail Blazers|date=2005-12-18|accessdate=2007-11-27
] and UNLV booster who was also a friend of Bayno. [cite news
title=Bayno selling himself to NBA|work=Bergen Times Herald-Record|date=2003-03-20|accessdate=2007-11-27
] Odom was ultimately denied admission and went on to play for Rhode Island for one year before jumping to the NBA.

Although the NCAA's report did not implicate Bayno, and he denied any involvement in or knowledge of the transgressions, he was nonetheless fired by UNLV on December 12, 2000. School officials cited a provision in his contract that stated he could be fired if he knew about any NCAA violations. [cite news|url=|title=Bayno fired; UNLV hit with probation|publisher=Associated Press|date=2000-12-13] The NCAA officially cleared Bayno of any wrongdoing, and he sued the university for money owed him for the balance of the '00-01 season and the final two years on his contract. He eventually received a $400,000 out-of-court settlement.

Post-UNLV career

After leaving UNLV, Bayno coached the Phoenix Eclipse of the American Basketball Association, the Talk 'N Text Phone Pals of the Philippine Basketball Association, and the Yakima Sun Kings of the Continental Basketball Association, leading the Sun Kings to the CBA championship in 2003.

During his one-year stint in the Philippines, Bayno was fined a league-record $6,000 for his public allegations of game-fixing against the four teams that finished at the top of the PBA standings. All four teams shared common ownership.

In 2005, former Portland Trail Blazers coach Maurice Cheeks was fired by the team, and Tim Grgurich, who was then the Trail Blazers' assistant coach for player development, quit the team in protest. Interim Blazers head coach Kevin Pritchard, whom Bayno had coached and mentored while at Kansas, hired Bayno for the position—the second time in Bayno's career that he had served as Grgurich's replacement. As of November 2007, Bayno remains in this capacity under current Trail Blazer head coach Nate McMillan. is reporting that Bayno has accepted the head coaching position at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California.


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