Indiana Pacers assistant coach Bill Bayno has resigned, citing mental health, sources told ESPN on Monday.
The 58-year-old Bayno started a leave of absence two weeks ago and has worked through a departure with the organization in the last few days.
Bayno has privately described the need to break away from the pressure and workload of the NBA amid the pandemic, especially after multiple personal losses, including the loss of both parents.
His mother died in April 2020 after she was diagnosed with cancer. His father died in 2019.
Bayno has also lost several close friends over the course of the pandemic. He didn’t rule out a future return to coaching, sources said.
Bayno, an assistant at the Pacers since 2016, had worked under former coach Nate McMillan and continued to assist in the hiring of the franchise’s new coach, Nate Bjorkgren.
Bayno developed a reputation for its work in player development. He previously held assistant coaching positions with Portland, Minnesota and Toronto in the NBA and two head coaching jobs in college, including a five-year run at UNLV that included two trips to the NCAA tournament.
Bayno spent several months as head coach at Loyola Marymount during the 2008-09 season before taking a leave of absence and finally stepping back on what he then called “medical reasons and my doctors’ advice”.