The 10th head coach in the 42-year history of UNLV basketball, Bill Bayno begins his sixth season in control of the Runnin’ Rebels.
Bayno has a career record of 91-60 (.603) after five seasons in Las Vegas. He recorded back-to-back 20-win seasons in 1996-97 and 1997-98, and last year, he led the squad to another season of more than 20 wins and its fourth consecutive postseason appearance.
The 1999-00 Runnin’ Rebels recorded a 23-8 overall record and were the inaugural Mountain West Conference champions. The team was 10-4 in the league to tie for first place and won the conference tournament, earning an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. The conference tournament title was UNLV’s second under Bayno’s direction.
For his efforts, Bayno was presented with the 2000 MWC Co-Coach of the Year award.
In 1998-99, UNLV was the WAC Mountain Division co-champions and advanced to the NIT First Round. In 1997-98, UNLV compiled an overall record of 20-13, which included a remarkable run in the WAC Tournament as the Rebels won four games in five days to capture the title and the automatic bid to the big dance, which marked their first appearance since the 1990-91 season.
UNLV compiled an overall record of 22-10 during Bayno’s second season in 1996-97. The 22 wins more than doubled his first season’s win total and were the most since the 1991-92 season. UNLV made the third round of the 1997 NIT, which marked the program’s first postseason appearance since the 1992-93 season.
The Runnin’ Rebel program added a shot of stability in April of 1997, when the UNLV Athletic Department announced that Bayno received a new five-year contract that will run through the 2002-03 season.
The UNLV program also had the distinction of having back-to-back NBA lottery picks in 1998 and 1999. Center Keon Clark was the 13th overall pick by the Orlando Magic (1998) and forward Shawn Marion was the ninth overall pick by the Phoenix Suns (1999).
Bayno’s first season in the Mountain West Conference was a tremendous success as illustrated by the championships and the coach of the year award. The Mountain West Conference is the third different conference that UNLV has played in during the Bayno era - the Big West Conference, the Western Athletic Conference and now, the Mountain West Conference.
Bayno came to UNLV from the University of Massachusetts, where he was recognized as one of the nation’s premier assistant coaches. He served seven years as the associate coach at UMass (1988-95) under then-head coach John Calipari (former head coach of the NBA’s New Jersey Nets).
Bayno, 38, played a major role in UMass’ rise to national prominence as the Minutemen made five consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament, advancing to the 1995 regional finals and appearing in the 1996 NCAA Final Four. Bayno was the first assistant coach hired by Calipari at UMass and his recruiting ability was credited for the Minutemen’s success during Calipari’s tenure as head coach.
Bayno attended UMass from 1980-82 and played guard under both Ray Wilson and Tom McLaughlin. He finished his collegiate days at Sacred Heart in Fairfield, Conn. While playing for the Pioneers, he earned Division II All-America honors and participated in two NCAA Tournaments.
Following graduation from Sacred Heart in 1985, he was invited to participate in the 1985 New York Knicks rookie camp as a free agent.
He started his collegiate coaching career as P.J. Carlesimo’s first graduate assistant at Seton Hall. It was there that Bayno got his first taste of college recruiting, taking charge of underclass recruiting. He also worked closely with the guards and was co-director of the Pirate Basketball School.
In 1987, he joined Larry Brown’s staff and helped take Kansas to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen. At Kansas, Bayno served as a graduate assistant coach. He did a good deal of scouting at Kansas, did underclass recruiting and organized Brown’s training book concerning his philosophy on the transition offense.
After the 1987 season, he left Kansas to become the top assistant at Baptist College in Charleston, S.C., where he remained for a year under Gary Edwards. There, he combined all of the facets of his previous two coaching experiences and helped lead the school to a 17-12 record and the honor of “surprise team in the country,” as named by Basketball Times.
In high school, Bayno was an all-county, all-city and Daily News all-star selection at John S. Burke Catholic High School. He is a native of Goshen, New York.
THE BAYNO FILE
BORN: May 18, 1962
HIRED BY UNLV: March 30, 1995
CONTRACT STATUS: Signed through the 2002-03 season
EDUCATION: Sacred Heart, 1985
COACHING EXPERIENCE: 1995-96 to present: Head Coach, UNLV 1988-95: Associate Coach, University of Massachusetts 1987-88: Assistant Coach, Baptist College (Charleston, S.C.) 1986-87: Graduate Assistant, University of Kansas 1985-86: Graduate Assistant, Seton Hall University
PLAYING EXPERIENCE: 1980-82: University of Massachusetts 1983-85: Sacred Heart University
BAYNO’S CAREER RECORD YEAR OVERALL PCT CONFERENCE PCT POSTSEASON 1995-96 10-16 .385 7-11 (Big West) .389 1996-97 22-10 .688 11-5 (WAC) .688 NIT (3rd round) 1997-98 20-13 .606 7-7 (WAC) .500 NCAA (1st round) 1998-99 16-13 .552 9-5 (WAC) .643 NIT (1st round) 1999-00 23-8 .742 10-4 (MWC) .714 NCAA (1st round) TOTALS 91-60 .603 44-32 .579
NBA PLAYERS RECRUITED/COACHED BY BILL BAYNO NAME CURRENT OR LAST TEAM Danny Manning Utah Jazz Marcus Camby New York Knicks Lou Roe Philadelphia 76ers Mark Randall Chicago Bulls Mark Bryant Phoenix Suns Donta Bright Toronto Raptors Kevin Pritchard Vancouver Grizzlies John Morton Cleveland Cavaliers Keon Clark Denver Nuggets Tyrone Nesby Los Angeles Clippers Shawn Marion Phoenix Suns