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HEAD COACH MIKE BOKOSKY

 

Under Bokosky, the Panthers have had 23 straight winning seasons, including nine  20-win campaigns. Bokosky has led the Panthers to back-to-back SCIAC regular season titles in 2014-15 and 2015-16. Last year, Chapman won its second SCIAC Tournament title and made its fourth trip to the NCAA Tournament in the last seven years. The Panthers have reached the SCIAC Tournament championship game the past three seasons, winning it in 2014 and 2016. In 2010-11, the Panthers set the school's single-season record with 25 wins (last accomplished in 1935-36) and advanced to the second round of the Division III playoffs.

The school's all-time winningest head coach - a history that spans over 90 years – he has been named Coach of the Year by the Association of Division III Independents twice (2008-09, ’09-10) and was named the SCIAC Coach of the Year last year. Bokosky has had eight players named to All-West Region teams and another 10 have earned Academic All-District VIII honors - three earning Academic All-America. Another Chapman first came under Bokosky's guidance last year when freshman Cam Haslam earned National Rookie of the Year honors as part of D3Hoops All-American team. Bokosky has also served as an Assistant Athletic Director at Chapman since 2002.

Prior to Chapman, Bokosky served as an assistant coach in the Big West at Cal State Fullerton and U.C. Irvine for twelve years where he recruited and coached future NBA players Scott Brooks, Tom Tolbert, Bruce Bowen, Bob Thornton, Tod Murphy and Johnny Rogers. Bokosky also coached Dave Joerger from 1993-95' who is currently the Memphis Grizzlies head coach assisted by Bob Thorton.

A native of West Virginia, Bokosky graduated from Santa Ana Valley High and played at Riverside and Saddleback Community Colleges before transferring to Fort Lewis College in Colorado where he received his bachelor’s degree in history in 1978. Bokosky then earned his master’s degree in education from Cal State Los Angeles in 1983. He and his wife, Neddie, currently reside  Santa Ana with their two daughters, Tara and Karly.