Bill Bayno, assistant coach at National Basketball Association (NBA) franchise the Indiana Pacers, has resigned citing mental health.
The 58-year-old had been on a leave of absence for two weeks before discussing the terms of his departure from the team.
Bayno described in private the need to step away from the NBA having struggled to deal with the pressures and workload that had been caused amid the pandemic, as well as dealing with several personal losses, which include both parents.
According to reports, several close friends of his had lost their lives due to COVID-19 too, however the coach has not ruled out a return to the sport in the future.
Bayno has coached at the Indiana Pacers since 2016, where he worked under Nate McMillan and remained part of the staff with the franchise's new coach, Nate Bjorkgren.
Other jobs that Bayno has operated in in the past include assistant coaching at Portland, Minnesota and Toronto, alongside head-coaching jobs in college including a five-year run at UNLV that included two trips to the NCAA tournament.
Author: Jake Wilkin