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Bill Czech
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Head Coach - 4th Season
Phone: (714) 879-3901 x 1288

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.

2012-13 Men's Basketball Roster
Roster for 2012-13 Men's Basketball Team
#NameCl.Pos.Ht.Wt.HometownPrevious School
RSJoseph Felix*FRG5-10165Palmdale, CAAntelope Valley Christian HS
RSJordan Gipson*SRG6-4210Mackey, AustraliaGarrett College
RSDaniel Soto*SOG6-0155Anaheim, CAPadre Pio Academy
4Brandon RoweSRF6-5195Gadsden, ALFresno Pacific University
5Kris RosalesSRG6-0165Bellflower, CASt. John Bosco HS
10Travis DamuthSRG6-2195Edina, MNSanta Monica College
11Matt PetersonSRF/C6-7240Yakima, WAUniversity of Alaska-Anchorage
12Randal GuillorySOF6-5200West Covina, CAWest Hills College
14Garrett NeilanFRG6-4180Downey, CADowney HS
15Jimmy JacksonFRG5-9180Cypress, CACypress HS
21Austin SanfordSOF6-5205Carson, CANarbonne HS
22Aragad AbramianSOG6-0180Los Angeles, CASierra College
23Jeremy KilgoreJRG5-11170Corona, CASantiago HS
24Orlando CollinsSRF6-4225Long Beach, CASan Bernardino Valley College
25Ryan JocsonSRG5-9180Yorba Linda, CAPoint Loma Nazarene
31Anthony LennearJRG/F6-3185Sacramento, CASacramento City College
35J.C. LugoSRC6-10250Bell Gardens, CAWest Hills College
41Ryan EbelJRC6-7200Tustin, CATustin HS
42Max HaslacherSRG5-11180St. Polten, AustriaWestern Christian HS
* Redshirt
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Overall GSAC Streak
26-8 (.765) 9-5 (.643) Lost 1