Sunday, November 23, 2008
Loyola Marymount's Bayno takes medical leave of absence
ESPN.com news services
Loyola Marymount coach Bill Bayno is taking a medical leave of absence, the school announced Sunday.
Assistant coach Max Good will be acting coach.
"Recently, I was diagnosed with a serious medical condition, in part, related to the stress and anxiety of head coaching," Bayno said. "It will require treatment which will force me to take a leave of absence. It is unfortunate and I feel badly for the University, the coaching staff and most of all my players and their families, all of whom I will miss very much. I ask for privacy for myself and my family and I thank you for your prayers and support."
Bayno, who is in his first year at Loyola, missed Friday's 65-54 loss to Notre Dame because of an illness that had caused him to miss practice Wednesday and Thursday. Bayno became ill after the Lions returned home from Iowa State, where they played their first three games last weekend in the World Vision Classic.
"The LMU Family's greatest concerns are for the well-being of Bill and the team," said Lions atheltics director Dr. William Husak. "His health is the most important thing he needs to focus on right now. He has done great things in his brief time at LMU and has earned the love and respect of all.
"I have asked Max Good to be our acting head coach during this time period and I have great confidence that Max and the rest of the staff will continue the process Bill began. All of us at LMU are concerned for Bill's well-being and he and his family are in our thoughts and prayers."
The Lions are off to an 0-4 start this season.
Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.