The 2012-13 season marks the fourth season for Bill Czech as the Head Men's Basketball Coach at Hope International University. Coach Czech believes his Junior and Senior laden team will have the maturity to pull off a few surprises in the 2012-13 season.
Last year, for the second season in a row, the Royals ended their 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 wife Ketema and their boys- Louis, Billy, and Malik. The Czechs attend of the Cottonwood Church in Los Alamitos.
|RS||Joseph Felix*||FR||G||5-10||165||Palmdale, CA||Antelope Valley Christian HS|
|RS||Jordan Gipson*||SR||G||6-4||210||Mackey, Australia||Garrett College|
|RS||Daniel Soto*||SO||G||6-0||155||Anaheim, CA||Padre Pio Academy|
|4||Brandon Rowe||SR||F||6-5||195||Gadsden, AL||Fresno Pacific University|
|5||Kris Rosales||SR||G||6-0||165||Bellflower, CA||St. John Bosco HS|
|10||Travis Damuth||SR||G||6-2||195||Edina, MN||Santa Monica College|
|11||Matt Peterson||SR||F/C||6-7||240||Yakima, WA||University of Alaska-Anchorage|
|12||Randal Guillory||SO||F||6-5||200||West Covina, CA||West Hills College|
|14||Garrett Neilan||FR||G||6-4||180||Downey, CA||Downey HS|
|15||Jimmy Jackson||FR||G||5-9||180||Cypress, CA||Cypress HS|
|21||Austin Sanford||SO||F||6-5||205||Carson, CA||Narbonne HS|
|22||Aragad Abramian||SO||G||6-0||180||Los Angeles, CA||Sierra College|
|23||Jeremy Kilgore||JR||G||5-11||170||Corona, CA||Santiago HS|
|24||Orlando Collins||SR||F||6-4||225||Long Beach, CA||San Bernardino Valley College|
|25||Ryan Jocson||SR||G||5-9||180||Yorba Linda, CA||Point Loma Nazarene|
|31||Anthony Lennear||JR||G/F||6-3||185||Sacramento, CA||Sacramento City College|
|35||J.C. Lugo||SR||C||6-10||250||Bell Gardens, CA||West Hills College|
|41||Ryan Ebel||JR||C||6-7||200||Tustin, CA||Tustin HS|
|42||Max Haslacher||SR||G||5-11||180||St. Polten, Austria||Western Christian HS|