Rebels basketball:

Former coach Max Good returns to UNLV as special assistant

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UNLV assistant coaches Max Good, left, and Dave Rice talk before the Rebels play Fairfield at the Thomas & Mack Center Sunday, November 21, 1999.

The move that’s been expected since the end of last season became official today, as Dave Rice announced Max Good is joining the Rebels basketball staff as special assistant to the head coach.

A former UNLV assistant and interim coach, Good spent the last six seasons leading Loyola Marymount. He was the 2011-12 West Coast Conference Coach of the Year, but the results faded more recently and the program allowed his contract to run out.

“We are very excited to have coach Good back with the Runnin’ Rebels,” Rice said in a statement. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that will be extremely valuable in many different areas of our program.”

The newly created noncoaching position puts certain restrictions on Good, 73. For example, he’s not allowed to handle on-court instruction during games or practices and he can’t help with any phone calls or off-campus recruiting.

What he can do, and what UNLV lists as some of his duties, is help provide leadership to the coaching staff, help the student-athletes’ academic development and, in general, act as an adviser and leader within the program.

One criticism of Rice that he heard often was that the staff needed veteran leadership. The first-time head coach agreed and decided to make this move a priority.

Good isn’t the only former Rebel expected to return this offseason. Although there are still details to be worked out, former player Curtis Terry is expected to join the staff as a graduate assistant this season.

Taylor Bern can be reached at 948-7844 or [email protected]. Follow Taylor on Twitter at twitter.com/taylorbern.

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