February 22, 1979 |
Ho Chi Minh City
From 1991–1993, he attended Marina Middle School in San Francisco.
When he was five years old, Howard Bach was brought by his father to the Golden Gate YMCA in San Francisco's Tenderloin District. It was here that over the next 11 years, Howard Bach would be coached by his father in badminton. Bach was a 16-year-old student at Galileo High School when he decided to dedicate himself to the sport of badminton.
During his early years, he was also coached and mentored by USA coach of the year, Dick Ng.
At age 16, he moved to Colorado Springs to train at the U.S. Olympic Site.
Bach competed in badminton at the 2004 Summer Olympics in men's doubles with partner Kevin Han. They defeated Dorian James and Stewart Carson of South Africa in the first round, then were defeated in the round of 16 by Jens Eriksen and Martin Lundgaard Hansen of Denmark.
2005 World Badminton Championships
From a modest 13th seeded position Howard Bach partnered with Tony Gunawan to win the final of the men's doubles 15-11, 10-15, 15-11, against the Indonesian pair, Candra Wijaya and Sigit Budiarto. Thus winning the United States's first ever gold at the World Championships.
He partnered with Bob Malaythong in Badminton at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, advancing to the quarterfinals – the furthest any American has ever reached. They were defeated by the Chinese pair, Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng.
Bach and Tony Gunawan competed in the 2012 London Olympics. They were eliminated during the pool play.