With a 78-65 win over Whittier, Chapman University men’s basketball head coach Mike Bokosky earned his 500th career victory – all while leading the Panthers. Chapman won its fourth consecutive game and moved to 13-2 on the season.
In his 30th season, Bokosky became Chapman’s first men’s basketball coach to reach 500 career victories. He joins a list of three fellow current Chapman coaches to reach 500 career victories – two of which reach the benchmark victory in the last eight months. The all-time winningest coach at Chapman ranks among the top-20 active Division III head coaches for career wins.
Panthers through the transition from Division II to Division III and from an independent to a member of the SCIAC, winning over 67 percent of the time since taking over for the 1992-93 season. He is also an Assistant Athletic Director.
Under Bokosky, the Panthers posted 23 straight winning seasons, including nine 20-win campaigns, from 1993-2016. Bokosky has led the Panthers to five SCIAC Tournament appearances with two SCIAC regular season titles and two SCIAC Tournament titles in the Panthers’ eight years in the conference.
The school’s all-time winningest head coach – a history that spans nearly 100 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 in 2016. 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 in 2016 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.