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2017-18 Men's Basketball Coaches
Bill Czech
Head Coach - 9th Season
Alma Mater: Long Beach State '93
Phone: (714) 879-3901 x 1288

Coming off an historic 2012-13 season, the 2013-14 season is the fifth for Bill Czech as the Head Coach of Hope International Men’s Basketball.  With the 2013-14 roster being the deepest in team history, the Royals hope to prove last year was not a fluke.

Historic and first are the two words that come to mind when thinking about the 2012-13 campaign.  The Czech led Royals qualified for the NAIA National Tournament- the first team in HIU school history to do so- beating Emmanuel (GA) in the first round before coming just short to top seeded Columbia (MO).  HIU also qualified for the GSAC playoffs for the first time ever thanks to finishing second in the GSAC (the highest GSAC finish ever for an HIU program).  Kris Rosales- a product of Coach Czech’s first recruiting class- was named the GSAC Men’s Basketball Player of the Year- another HIU first.

Overall, the Royals finished 2012-13 with a record of 26-8 and 9-5 in GSAC play.  Aside from their games in the national tournament, the highlights of the season were beating then defending NAIA Champ Concordia (CA) on the road, sweeping Vanguard that includes winning in Costa Mesa (an environment the Royals have traditionally struggled), and using a dramatic game winning three pointer to knock off Biola in the opening round of the GSAC playoffs.

For the second season in a row, the Royals ended their 2011-12 season playing at the NCCAA National Tournament.  While the team finished with a record of 12-18 and 3-15 in GSAC play, they impressed with their wins.  They defeated (now former) GSAC foe Azusa Pacific for the first time since joining the GSAC in 1999.  They knocked off GSAC rival The Master’s.  Then to top everything they beat Westmont (the top GSAC team at the time) and (another former GSAC foe) California Baptist- both for the first time ever.  Most impressive regarding those four wins- three of them came on the road and three were ranked 13 or higher in the NAIA at the time of the HIU win.  Six of their losses were decided by five points or less (including two in overtime).

A look back to his second season (2010-11) is a must.  A quick look at the team’s record of 14-19 may seem common place to an outsider looking in but in reality that record shows huge improvement.

First of all, the 10 win improvement over the previous year is the largest win improvement since a 14 win improvement between the 1986-87 and 1987-88 HIU teams. Second, for the first time in 17 years, the Royals qualified for the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) National Tournament.  For his efforts, Czech was named the NCCAA Western Regional Coach of the Year.

In his first season, the Royals won four of their first five games but would close out the season without another win.  Even with a 4-26 record, Czech still believes HIU made strides in closing the gap between themselves and some of the other GSAC schools.  Four overtimes losses, a loss on a layup at the buzzer, and a last second game winning shot off the mark help prove that point.

Czech joined the Royals’ staff after spending 14 years as the Head Coach of the Fullerton Union High School Men’s Basketball Team.  He left the Indians program with 219 victories- the most in school history.

On the strength of winning 12 CIF games under Coach Czech, Fullerton High finished amongst the top ten in Orange County three of his last six years.  FUHS won three Freeway League titles in the same time frame.

Named the Indians Head Coach in 1996, his teams produced an overall record of 219 wins versus 141 losses.  In his last ten years, his record was really impressive with 195 wins and 67 defeats.  Czech’s last season saw the Indians finish 16-12 overall.

As proud as he was of his players on court, he beams with pride when thinking about his players in the classroom.  In his fourteen years of coaching the grade point average of the team never dropped below 3.0.  In 1997, the Indians were the State Academic Champions with the highest team GPA in the state.  They also finished in the top ten in 2007.

Just after taking the job at HIU, Czech’s fulltime job slightly changed as well when he took charge of the Adult Transition Special Education program in the Fullerton Joint Unified High School District.  Prior to his current job, he had served as a Resource Specialist Program Teacher for FJUHSD since 1996. 

Educationally, Czech earned a Teaching Credential and Master’s Degree in Special Education from National University.  He completed a Bachelors of Science in Health Education from California State University Long Beach.

Coach Czech resides in Huntington Beach with his boys- Louis, Billy, and Christian.  The Czechs attend the Cottonwood Church in Los Alamitos.

Jon Clasen
Assistant Coach - 10th Season
Alma Mater: Hope International '06
Phone: (714) 879-3901 x 1288

Coach Jon Clasen joined the Hope International University coaching staff in 2008 as an assistant coach to former head coach Greg Pappas. Clasen remained after Pappas’ departure following the 2008-09 season and has worked as part of coach Bill Czech’s staff since Czech came on board in 2009-10. The Royals have posted a 115-109 record during Clasen’s tenure at Hope International.

The Royals have made three consecutive appearances in Kansas City at the NAIA National Tournament and two trips to the GSAC Tournament Finals. HIU has appeared in the second round of the NAIA Tournament twice and made the Semi-Finals in 2014-15.

Clasen also worked as head JV and assistant Varsity basketball coach at Western High School in Anaheim from 2009-2014.

Clasen graduated from HIU in 2006 with his Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and received his Master’s in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia Irvine in 2011. Clasen and his wife Elizabeth have been married since 2003.

Roy Green
Assistant Coach - 12th Season
Alma Mater: CSU Los Angeles '73

Coach Roy Green joined the Hope International basketball staff in 2006 with former head coach Greg Pappas. During his tenure at HIU the Royals have built a 120-161 overall record.  Green has helped turn around the program from a 4-26 record in his first season in 2006-07 to a 32-3 record in 2014-15.

Coach Green has a long history of experience prior to his work at HIU. Green began his coaching career at local high schools spanning 1972-78 at San Fernando HS, LA Jordan HS, LA Jefferson HS, Sierra Vista HS, and El Monte HS. Following his time in high school athletics, Coach Green served as an assistant coach at Compton College (1978-80), Cal State LA (1980-85, 90-91), CSU Dominguez Hills (1991-92), and Occidental College (1992-94).

Coach Green returned to his roots with a stint at International Poly HS (1995-96) concurrent with his time coaching at Cal Poly Pomona (1994-99). Coach Green followed his time with stints at Mt. SAC (1999-00), Citrus College (2000-01), and University of La Verne (2001-02) before taking job at LA City College (2002-03). During his time spent as an assistant at LACC the team was crowned the State Champion. His final stop prior to coming on board at HIU was a return to University of La Verne as the assistant men's basketball coach (2003-06).

Coach Green had the opportunity to coach at the Bryon Scott's Basketball camp from 1980-85. Coach Green played high school basketball at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento before playing one year of collegiate basketball at Cal State LA (1971-72), and afterwards became the head JV Basketball Coach at Cal State LA (1972-1973).

Coach Green served in the Navy as a Seaman from 1968-70 before his time at Cal State LA. Green lives in Chino Hills with his wife Pat Green and worships at The Church of God and Christ in Los Angeles, CA.

Ed Matillo
Assistant Coach - 4th Season
Alma Mater: CSU Fullerton '78

Coach Ed Matillo joined the Hope International University staff as an assistant coach for the men’s basketball team in 2014.

Prior to coaching at HIU coach Matillo spent five years at Santa Ana High School. After his time at Santa Ana High School, coach Matillo spent 22 years as the head coach at Buena Park High School. Coach Matillo holds coaching records at Buena Park for most league championships, most wins, most playoff appearances, and most playoff wins in Buena Park history. Coach Matillo was named Freeway League Coach of the Year four times and was named an Orange County All-Star coach twice. Coach Matillo also spent four years as an assistant coach on the staff of Cypress College.

Coach Matillo graduated from Cal State Fullerton in 1978 with a Bachelor’s in Communications. He went on to receive his Master’s degree from National University. Coach Matillo has been married to his wife Lisa for 30 years and has two children, Aaron and Elyse.

Richard Merical
Assistant Coach - 5th Season
Alma Mater: Hope International '11
Jeff Clement
Volunteer Assistant - 2nd Season
Alma Mater: Concordia Irvine '06
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