Rich Czeslawski

Coach Czes has been the head coach at his alma mater, Crystal Lake Central High School in Crystal Lake, IL since 2006. He began coaching in 1995 as a sophomore at Arizona State University and fell in love with the profession. He returned home in 1998 and worked in the IT department for an elementary school district while serving as an assistant at CLC. He then spent 2 years at Judson University as Network Administrator and assistant coach before returning to CLC in 2003 as Tech Coordinator and assistant coach. In 2006, he was named head coach at CLC and began to rebuild a program that had not had a winning season in 7 years. After steady improvement, the Tigers hit their stride and rattled off 3 consecutive 20+ win seasons, going 71-15 over the next 3 years. Rich left the Tech Coordinator position in 2009 to work at Fast Model Sports, but remained the head coach at CLC. He worked there until 2012 when Better Basketball tabbed him as their CEO. After a successful 4 years at Better Basketball, Rich took on a new role with Pure Sweat Basketball as their COO and founded a basketball marketing and management consulting firm called Basketball Worldwide, Inc. He is a regular speaker on the basketball clinic circuit including presentations for USA Basketball, TPG Sports Group, PGC/Glazier, the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association, the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association, the Basketball Coaches Association of New York, and several clinics and camps in Belgium and London. Rich also serves as Treasurer & Communications Director for the IBCA (Illinois Basketball Coaches Association), Executive Director of a USA Basketball Youth Development Program - CLYMB (Crystal Lake Youth Model for Basketball), and is a member of the NHSBCA Court of Honor. Rich lives in Crystal Lake, IL with his wife (Molly), son (Jimmy) and daughter (Jordan).