FULLERTON, Calif. – Men's Basketball Head Coach Bill Czech was selected to the Silver Waves Media 50 Impactful D2/NAIA Coaches list last Wednesday.
Czech was included on the list comprised of 50 coaches from the NCAA Division II and NAIA levels as a panel of more than 20 people made selections based on coaching records, high-level players coached, tournament achievements, awards, votes from panelists, and other factors.
Coach Czech has successfully impacted the program and has brought HIU to an elite program in the GSAC and NAIA. In 11 seasons with the program, Czech has accumulated a 229-128 (.559) with the program's first-ever NAIA National Tournament Appearance, the program's first-ever No. 1 national ranking, the program's first-ever NAIA Final Four appearance, two GSAC regular-season titles, and one GSAC Tournament title.
This past season, the Royals were getting ready to leave for Kansas City to compete for a National Title before the abrupt ending to the season, which would have been Coach Czech's ninth postseason appearance. In their last eight games of the 2019-2020 season, Czech led his team to a seven-game winning streak, upsetting four NAIA top 25 teams during that time to take the Royals to the GSAC Tournament Championship Game.
During his tenure at HIU, Coach Czech has produced nine NAIA All-Americans, 16 GSAC All-Conference Honorees, three GSAC Players of the Year, and one GSAC Defender of the Year. As Head Coach at Hope International University, he has received many personal awards and accolades for his work with the Royals. Czech has twice been named the GSAC Coach of the Year (2016 & 2017).