David Patrick became the Head Men’s Basketball Coach at UC Riverside in March of 2018 following exceedingly successful assistant coaching stints at perennial winners TCU and LSU. He joins the Highlanders on the heels of a 21-12 season with the Horned Frogs which saw them go to the Big Dance for the first time in 20 years, earning a No. 6 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
A Melbourne, Australia native, Patrick is credited with recruiting 2016 No. 1 overall pick Ben Simmons to LSU. He also coached NBA champion and Australian national team guards Patty Mills and Matthew Dellavedova during their collegiate careers at St. Mary’s.
“He knows Division I business,” UCR Athletic Director Tamica Smith-Jones said at the time of the hiring. “David can relate to the game both from an amateur and a professional perspective. He has a long history of success, and he will bring to UCR men’s basketball the winning attitude that can take us to the top of the Big West Conference.”
In his first season at TCU (2016-17), Patrick made an immediate impact, playing a significant role in the second-largest turnaround in program history. The Horned Frogs went 24-15, good for a 12-game improvement over the previous year. The final win of the season came in the championship game of the NIT (National Invitation Tournament), an 88-56 thrashing of Georgia Tech that gave TCU its first ever postseason championship. The 24 wins were also the second-most in school history.
Mike Magpayo comes to Riverside fresh off a one-year stint as the men’s basketball director of operations at the University of San Francisco. During his year at USF, the Dons finished with 22 Wins, 4th in the WCC, with big wins over ranked teams: Nevada and St. Mary’s. The Dons made it to the Championship Finals of the CBI Championship Postseason Tournament.
Prior to his time at San Francisco, Magpayo spent three seasons at Campbell University in the Big South Conference, where he served as the defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator. In 2016-17, he helped put together one of the best seasons in school history, as the Camels advanced to the conference championship game as well as the CIT quarterfinals in the program’s first postseason appearance since 1992.
A Hacienda Heights, Calif. native, Magpayo was also an integral part in helping bring Columbia to new heights, serving as director of operations, assistant coach, and recruiting coordinator and scheduler during the most successful 4 year run in Columbia history 2010-14.
Magpayo has also found tremendous success off the court, both as the CEO of a multi-million dollar real estate firm in Southern California for seven years, and as the founder and president of the Asian Coaches Association. He graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in business economics in 2001. He was also a Southern California High School basketball coach from 2001-2010 before starting his college coaching career.
Magpayo resides in Riverside with his wife Caroline, who is a UC Riverside alumna, class of 2011.
Assistant Coach Michael Czepil comes to UC Riverside with nearly 10 years of coaching experience at the collegiate, international, and semi-professional levels.
The Melbourne, Australia native attended Thomas Carr College and played his junior basketball for the Werribee Basketball Club, before enrolling at Nicholls State University, in Thibodaux, Louisiana. Czepil was a two-time team captain for the Colonels and earned his undergraduate in print journalism.
Following his playing career, Czepil joined the staff at his alma mater and served as an assistant coach from 2010-2013.
In 2014, he returned to Australia and coached the Werribee Basketball Club in the semi-professional Big V League. After two seasons with the club, Czepilmoved on to take over as the high performance basketball coach for Basketball Victoria. During his time running the Basketball Victoria high-performance program, Czepil also performed Australian National Team duties, taking an assistant coaching role with the U18 Australian National Team that competed at the 2018 Albert Schweitzer Tournament in Germany. The Australians finished second at the event, tied for its best finish in tournament history.
Director of Basketball Operations
Michael Lecak joins the UC Riverside staff coming off two successful years at TCU under Head Coach Jamie Dixon. As a Graduate Assisstant at TCU, Lecak was in charge of all player skill development outside of practice. He helped players like Vlad Brodziansky, Desmond Bane, and Kouat Noi shoot over 40% from deep during the 2017-18 season on their way to the university’s first NCAA Tournament bid in over 20 years. Lecak’s duties also included film breakdown, assistance in scouting reports and over-site of 20+ student managers. In practice Lecak led the bigs through their skill development and offensive and defensive breakdowns, and during games was in charge of keeping offensive efficiency stats.
Prior to his time at TCU, Lecak was a member of the University of Pittsburgh Men’s Basketball team and spent his Senior year as a Co-Captain of the Panthers. During his time at Pitt, the team visited 3 NCAA Tournaments, 1 NIT, and was consistently ranked in the Top-25 all four years. Lecak played alongside NBA players such as Steven Adams, Lamar Patterson, Mike Young and Jamel Artis.
As UC Riverside’s Director of Basketball Operations, Lecak oversees all aspects of the basketball program including: travel, recruiting, scouting, film, academics, gear and much more. He brings experience at the highest level as both a player and Graduate Assistant and is a huge contributor to the new Highlanders Basketball Staff.
Lecak holds degrees in Theoretical Mathematics and Sociology from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master’s in Mathematics Education from TCU. He is a native of Pittsburgh, PA and grew up in Phoenix, AZ. He attended Pinnacle High School and North Canyon High School in Arizona. He resides in Riverside, CA with his Fiancé Paige. She is an elementary teacher in the Riverside area.