Loyola Marymount will not renew contract of head coach Max Good
LOS ANGELES -- Loyola Marymount athletic director Dr. William Husak announced Tuesday that the contract for head men's basketball coach Max Good has expired and will not be renewed for the 2014-15 season. Good completed his sixth season with an 85-74 setback last Saturday to BYU at the West Coast Conference tournament.
"I wish to thank Max for his diligent efforts on behalf of LMU, our fans and most of all our basketball players" Husak said. "In conversations with Max, he has stated that he has always left a place in better shape than when he arrived. That is true of LMU's basketball program. I and all Lions fans wish him the very best."
The Lions' trip to the quarterfinals of the 2014 WCC tourrnament was the fifth in a row for the program, joining St. Mary's and Gonzaga as the only programs to do so in that time period. The Lions finished the season 13-19 overall and 4-14 in WCC play.
Good finished his six seasons at LMU 77-117 overall, going 27-65 in WCC games. His 22-year record as a head coach sits at 319-340. In Good's fifth season, the Lions went 11-23 overall and 1-15 in WCC play, but caught fire at the WCC tournament and advanced to the semifinals thanks to three consecutive wins in three days before falling to top-ranked Gonzaga.
The run in the 2013 WCC tourrnament was at the heels of Good's fourth season where LMU finished the 2011-12 season at 21-13 overall and 11-5 (fourth) in the WCC. Many of the Lions' marks in LMU's centennial season go back to the 1989-90 Elite Eight team, including its first 20-win season, the most conference wins, first postseason win, first team to earn consecutive postseason wins, most home wins (12), and best road record (9-4). He was named WCC coach of the year following the season.
Good officially took over the program on Jan. 12, 2009, coaching in 28 of the Lions' 31 games in the 2008-09 season, filling in for former head coach Bill Bayno, who served a leave of absence before resigning due to health issues.
In Good's second season the team posted its second-best turnaround in school history with 15 more wins than the year prior (which was also the second-best turnaround in the nation in 2009-10), defeated their first ranked opponent (No. 9 Gonzaga) since 1990, posted the program's first ranked win at Gersten Pavilion, and defeated a top-10 team for the second time in school history (the last being in 1960).
In addition, the Lions went 4-5 against ranked opponents in the last three seasons under Good, including a 3-2 mark in 2011-12. The three wins in one season against ranked opponents is second only to the 1989-90 team in program history.