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Bill Czech
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Head Coach - 8th 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.

2016-17 Men's Basketball Roster
Roster for 2016-17 Men's Basketball Team
#NameCl.Pos.Ht.Wt.HometownPrevious School
Brandon Burke*FRG6-1175Las Vegas, NVChaffey College
0Isaac DouglassFRG/F6-5200Yorba Linda, CAYorba Linda HS
Jordan Pellum*SRG6-1205Palm Springs, CACollege of the Desert
Joseph Tate*FRG6-6195Inglewood, CALynwood HS
1Ryan WhiteSOF6-5200Pomona, CAPomona HS
2Donny PunterJRPG6-1190Long Island, NYMiraCosta College
3Noah DanielSOG5-10165Rialto, CAClaremont HS
4Deondre BryantJRF6-6205Santa Ana, CATustin HS
5Landon BransonSOG5-11175Dallas, TXTrinity Christian Academy
10Devin GreeneFRG5-9170Sacramento, CASheldon HS
13Josh SmithSRF6-4210National City, CAConcordia Irvine
22Charles TrotterSOG6-0170Slidell, LASaddleback College
32Liam HuntJRC6-6230San Anselmo, CASir Francis Drake HS
35Daniel YoungJRC6-8210Las Vegas, NVSaddleback College
41Kyle HoagSRC7-0280Mission Viejo, CASaddleback College
* Redshirt
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Head Coach
8th season
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Assistant Coach
9th season
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Assistant Coach
11th season
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Assistant Coach
3rd season
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4th season
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Overall GSAC Streak
26-8 (.765) 13-3 (.813) Lost 1