Howard Bach

Badminton

Howard Bach
  • 2012
Event:      Men’s Doubles
Doubles Partner: Tony Gunawan
Height: 5’ 7”
Weight: 165 lbs.
Birthplace: Saigon, Vietnam
Hometown: San Francisco, Calif.Current Residence: Orange, Calif.
Coach: Rudy Gunawan/Zi Min Cai
Racket: Yonex – Ti-8
Dominant Hand: Right
 
Olympic Games:
2008 Olympic Games, Beijing, China
Men’s Doubles (Bob Malaythong), Quarterfinalist
2004 Olympic Games, Athens, Greece
Men’s Doubles (Kevin Han), Round of 16
 
World Championships:
2005 World Championships, Anaheim, Calif., USA

Men’s Doubles (Tony Gunawan), Gold Medal

Pan American Games:
2011 Pan American Games, Guadalajara, Mexico
Men’s Doubles (Tony Gunawan), Gold
Mixed Doubles (Paula Lynn Obanana), Semifinalist
2007 Pan American Games, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Mixed Doubles (Eva Lee), Gold Medal
Men’s Doubles (Bob Malaythong), Silver Medal
2003 Pan American Games, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Men’s Doubles (Kevin Han), Gold Medal
1999 Pan American Games, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Men’s Doubles (Mark Manha), Silver Medal
 
Personal:
Following the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and the retirement of his men’s doubles partner, Bob Malaythong, Howard Bach has reunited with fellow World Champion Tony Gunawan. Bach and Gunawan made history on August 22, 2005 when they won the gold medal in the men’s doubles competition at the World Badminton Championships in Anaheim, California, becoming the first USA Badminton athletes to ever medal at a World Championship or Olympic competition. For their historic performance, Bach and Gunawan were recognized by the United States Olympic Committee as its 2005 USOC Overall Team of the Year. In 2008, Howard Bach and his men’s double partner Bob Malaythong made it to the quarterfinals of the Olympic Games in Beijing, advancing farther in the Olympic badminton competition than any other Americans in history. Bach also competed in mixed doubles with U.S. Olympian Eva Lee.

 

Bach is the son of Sencam and Amy Bach. He began playing badminton at the age of 7 at a local YMCA where his father played. He has four sisters, Belvia, Nancy, Myltanh “May” and Carrie. He attributes much of his success to his family and their unending support. Bach lives and trains at the Orange County Badminton Club in Orange, California. In May 2007, he graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance. Along with English, he also speaks Cantonese and Mandarin. Bach also contributes to the sport of badminton through his involvement as a USA Badminton Development Foundation Coach, which is part of the USA Badminton Junior Development Program. The General Motors ‘Team Behind The Team’ Program named Bach a recipient of a Pontiac Grand Am automobile prior to the 2000 Olympic Games. He married Penelope Salac following the 2008 Olympic Games and became the father of Aison Cole Bach in July 2011. He enjoys fishing, bowling, basketball, skiing, river rafting, playing the guitar, playing video games, driving really fast remote control cars and flying kites in his spare time.

 

 

Competition Record:

 

2011 Results:

2011 United States Pan American Games Badminton Team Member, Guadalajara, Mexico

World Badminton Championships in London, England, Men’s Doubles (Tony Gunawan), Did not advance

U.S. Open Grand Prix Gold Badminton Championships, Men’s Doubles (Tony Gunawan), Silver

Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold Badminton Championships, Men’s Doubles (Tony Gunawan), Bronze

2011 Sudirman Cup, U.S. Team Member

U.S. National Badminton Championships, Men’s Doubles (Tony Gunawan), Gold

Peru International Badminton Championships, Men’s Doubles (Tony Gunawan), Gold

 

2010 Results:

Yonex – Sunrise Hong Kong Open Super Series, Men’s Doubles (Tony Gunawan), Bronze

China Open Super Series, Men’s Doubles (Tony Gunawan), Did not advance

World Badminton Championships in Paris, France, Men’s Doubles (Tony Gunawan), Did not advance

Yonex Canadian Open Grand Prix of Badminton, Men’s Doubles (Tony Gunawan) Bronze

U.S. Open Grand Prix Gold Badminton Championships, Men’s Doubles (Tony Gunawan) Bronze

Indonesia Open Super Series of Badminton, Men’s Doubles (Tony Gunawan), Quarterfinals

Singapore Open Super Series of Badminton, Men’s Doubles (Tony Gunawan), Silver

U.S. Adult National Championships, Men’s Doubles (Raju Rai), Gold

U.S. Adult National Championships, Mixed Doubles (Eva Lee), Gold

 

2009 Results:

World Badminton Championships in Hyderabad, India, Men’s Doubles (Tony Gunawan), Quarterfinals

Yonex Open Japan Super Series of Badminton, Men’s Doubles (Tony Gunawan), Bronze

 

2008 Results:

2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, Men’s Doubles (Bob Malaythong), Quarterfinals

 

2007 Results:

Irish International Championships, Mixed Doubles (Eva Lee), Gold

Irish International Championships, Men’s Doubles (Bob Malaythong), Gold

U.S. Open, Mixed Doubles (Eva Lee), Silver

U.S. Open, Men’s Doubles (Bob Malaythong), Silver

Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Mixed Doubles (Eva Lee), Gold

Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Men’s Doubles (Bob Malaythong), Silver

Pan American Badminton Championships in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Mixed Doubles (Eva Lee), Gold Medal

Pan American Badminton Championships in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Men’s Doubles (Bob Malaytong), Silver Medal

Pan American Badminton Championships in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Team Event, Silver Medal

U.S. Adult National Championships, Men Doubles (Bob Malaythong), Champion

U.S. Adult National Championships, Mixed Doubles (Eva Lee), Champion

U.S. Adult National Championships, Men Singles, Champion

 

2006 Results:

U.S. Open, Mixed Doubles (Eva Lee), Bronze Medal

U.S. Adult National Championships, Men Doubles (Bob Malaythong), Champion

Boston Open, Men’s Doubles ((Bob Malaythong), Champion

 

2005 Results:

USOC Team of the Year Overall Winner (with Tony Gunawan)

World Badminton Championships in Anaheim, Calif., USA, Men’s Doubles (Tony Gunawan), Gold Medal

 

2004 Results:

Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, Men’s Doubles (Kevin Han), Round of 16

 

2003 Results:

U.S. Open, Men’s Doubles (Kevin Han), Quarter-finalist

Pan American Games, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Men’s Doubles (Kevin Han), Gold Medal

U.S. Adult National Championships, Men Doubles (Kevin Han), Finalist

U.S. Adult National Championships, Men Singles, Champion

Siam Cement Thailand Open, Men’s Doubles (Kevin Han)

Swiss Open, Men’s Doubles (Kevin Han)

Yonex Japan Open, Men’s Doubles (Kevin Han)

Korea Open, Men’s Doubles (Kevin Han)

 

2002 Results:

IBF #12 Men’s Doubles (World Ranking at the end of the season – highest ever for U.S. player)

Realkredit Denmark Open, Men’s Doubles (Kevin Han), Round of 16

OCBC/YONEX U.S. Open, Men’s Doubles (Kevin Han), Finalist

Chinese Taipei Open (5* $180,000), Men’s Doubles (Kevin Han), Quarter-finalist

Malaysia Open, Men’s Doubles (Kevin Han), Round of 16

U.S. Adult National Championships, Men Doubles (Kevin Han), Champion

Yonex-Sunrise Singapore Open, Men’s Doubles (Kevin Han)

 

2001 Results:

Brazil International, Men’s Doubles (Kevin Han), Champion

Pan American Championships, Men’s Doubles (Kevin Han), Champion

Pan Am Southern Classic, Men’s Doubles (Kevin Han), Champion

U.S. Open, Men’s Doubles (Kevin Han), Quarter-finalist

World Championships, Men’s Doubles (Kevin Han)

United States Olympic Committee’s Men’s Doubles (Kevin Han) Badminton Team of the Year

 

2000 Results:

Waitakere International in New Zealand, Semi-finalist

Australia Capital International, Round of 16

Chile International, Semi-finalist

United States Olympic Committee’s Men’s Doubles (Howard Bach) Badminton Team of the Year

 

1999 Results:

Guatemala International, Men’s Doubles (Mark Manha), Champion

Jamaica International, Men’s Doubles (Mark Manha), Champion

Brazil International, Men’s Doubles (Mark Manha), Quarter-finalist

Argentina International, Men’s Doubles (Mark Manha), Quarter-finalist

U.S. Open, Men’s Doubles (Kevin Han), Quarter-finalist

Pan American Games, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Men’s Double (Mark Manha), Silver Medal

Pan American Games, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Men’s Singles, Did not medal

U.S. Adult National Championships, Men’s Doubles (Mark Manha), Finalist

Peru International, Men’s Doubles (Mark Manha), Champion

 

1998 Results:

Guatemala International, Men’s Doubles (Mark Manha), Champion

Mexico International, Men’s Doubles (Mark Manha), Champion

Slovenia International, Men’s Doubles (Mark Manha), Champion

U.S. Open, Men’s Singles, Quarter-finalist

U.S. Open, Men’s Doubles (Mark Manha), Quarter-finalist

U.S. Adult National Championships, Men’s Doubles (Mark Manha), Finalist

U.S. Adult National Championships, Men’s Singles, Finalist

Southern Pan Am International, Men’s Singles, Finalist

Southern Pan Am International, Men’s Doubles (Kevin Han), Champion

Mid-Atlantic Classic, Men’s Singles, Champion

Mid-Atlantic Classic, Mixed Doubles (Cindy Shi), Champion

Philadelphia Classic, Men’s Singles, Champion

Philadelphia Classic, Mixed Doubles, Champion

Miami Classic, Men’s Singles, Finalist

Mid-Atlantic Classic, Men’s Doubles, Champion

U.S. Team Member Thomas Cup

 

1997 Results:

U.S. Adult National Championships, Men’s Doubles, Semi-finalist

U.S. Adult National Championships, Men’s Singles, Semi-finalist

Dave Freeman Classic, Men’s Doubles, Finalist

Dave Freeman Classic, Men’s Singles, Semi-finalist

Portland Classic, Men’s Doubles, Finalist

Portland Classic, Men’s Singles, Finalist

San Antonio Classic, Men’s Doubles, Champion

San Antonio Classic, Men’s Singles, Champion

U.S. Team Member World Championships

U.S. Team Member Devlin Cup

Hollyburn Junior Open, U-19 Boy’s Singles, Champion

 

1996 Results:

U.S. Junior Pan American Badminton Championship Team Member

Junior World Championships, Men’s Singles, Round of 32

U.S. Team Member Devlin Cup

Pan American Junior Badminton Championships, U-19 Boy’s Singles, Champion

Pan American Junior Badminton Championships, U-19 Boy’s Doubles, Finalist

Manhattan Beach Junior Open, U-19 Boy’s Singles, Champion

U.S. Junior National Championships, U-21 Boy’s Doubles (Stanley Wo), Champion

U.S. Junior National Championships, U-18 Boy’s Singles, Semi-finalist

 

1995 Results:

U.S. Olympic Festival, Men’s Doubles (Stanley Wo), Finalist

U.S. Junior National Championships, U-21 Boy’s Doubles (Stanley Wo), Champion

U.S. Junior National Championships, U-18 Boy’s Singles, Champion

Manhattan Beach Classic, Men’s Singles, Quarter-finalist

Manhattan Beach Classic, Men’s Doubles (Marcelino Gorospe), Quarter-finalist

Southern Classic, Men’s Singles, Quarter-finalist

Southern Classic, Men’s Doubles (Stanley Wo), Semi-finalist

St. Louis Classic, Men’s Singles, Quarter-finalist

St. Louis Classic, Men’s Doubles (Stanley Wo), Quarter-finalist

Dave Freeman Classic, Men’s Doubles (Stanley Wo), Quarter-finalist

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