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Amy Bonner
Position: Head Coach
Alma Mater: Georgia Southern
Graduating Year: 2003
Phone: 912-478-0887
Email: Amybonner@georgiasouthern.edu
Amy Bonner Bio
Courtesy: GeorgiaSouthernEagles.com
Release: 09/21/2007

Head Coach Amy Bonner enters her eighth season at the helm of the Georgia Southern women's tennis program and remains the only former Georgia Southern women's tennis player to coach at her alma mater. Bonner enters the 2012 dual campaign posting an overall 69-67 record and a 31-38 Southern Conference mark.

The 2011 season marked a return to the Southern Conference Championships where the Eagles advanced to the quarterfinals for the first time since 2008 by defeating Western Carolina 4-0 in the opening round. Georgia Southern won four consecutive matches at the midpoint of the regular season, including two consecutive 7-0 victories over Southern Conference opponents Davidson and Appalachian State. Freshman Paola Garrido was voted to the Southern Conference All-Freshman Team after posting 9 wins at the No. 1 singles position and 10 victories in doubles play.

In 2010, Bonner led the Eagles to an 11-9 overall record, including a 5-5 mark in conference play. The season was highlighted by four consecutive wins midway through the season, including three 7-0 victories over Western Carolina, Wofford and Bethune-Cookman, and a hard-fought 4-3 win over No. 66 UNC Greensboro, the Eagles first win over a ranked opponent during Bonner's tenure. The Eagles garnered two Player of the Week honors during the season. Junior Melanie Rolle won the award after going 2-0 in both singles and doubles play just two weeks into the season and senior Kristi Kegerreis won the honor after going 3-0 in both singles and doubles play midway through March to help the Eagles finish the week undefeated.

Georgia Southern Women's Tennis also continued their success in the classroom. For the second consecutive year and for the third time under Bonner's reign as head coach, the team was named an ITA All-Academic Team for Division I women's athletics for achieving a cumulative team grade point average of 3.20 or above (on a 4.00 scale). In addition, five Eagles were named ITA Scholar-Athletes for achieving a grade point average of at least 3.50. Three players earned spots on the Academic All-Conference Spring Season team by carrying a 3.20 or higher cumulative GPA while competing in at least half of the team's competitions. Junior Alessandra Dzuba was one of 13 league-wide student-athletes to maintain a perfect 4.0 cumulate grade point average.

The 2009 season reached new heights and accomplishments for the Eagles as the 2009 squad posted the best overall season record since 1998 when the Eagles went 13-7. A handful of matches highlighted the season for Bonner and the Eagles all beginning with a non-conference win over Jacksonville University on February 24. The 5-2 victory marked the first in the reign of Bonner and first over the Dolphins since 2001. League play began with a memorable match for Georgia Southern avenging a 2008 loss to Elon with a 4-3 come-from-behind triumph at Elon. Ali Beavers captured the last match on the court to clinch the GS victory. On March 14 in Statesboro, Georgia Southern captured a 5-2 win over the Davidson Wildcats to mark the first win over the SoCon foe since 2000. The win snapped an eight-match win streak Davidson held over the Eagles. Georgia Southern proved victorious when defending its home court, finishing with an 8-2 record at the Hanner Tennis Complex last season.

The 2009 season was capped off with Melanie Rolle earning second team All-Conference. Rolle went undefeated from the No. 4 position that included a 12-match win streak spanning two months. The Gainesville, Florida native went 13-0 from No.4 and closed out 2009 with a 15-3 dual match singles ledger. Rolle's All-Conference selection was the first for Bonner and first for GS since 2003.

The 2009 season held special meaning to Bonner as she graduated her first recruiting class at Georgia Southern. In 2005, Shea Huxtable, Emma Knight and Molly Maddox joined the Eagles' squad and showed their leadership both on and off the court in their four years at GS.

The 2008 season entered the record books for Bonner as she led the Eagles to an 11-11 overall ledger, her first .500 season and her most wins in a single season. In fall 2008, Bonner tutored Ali Beavers to a semifinal finish at the ITA Southern Regional Tennis Championships, marking the furthest an Eagle has reached in the highly competitive tournament. In all four seasons, Bonner has reached the quarterfinals of the SoCon Tournament.

For two seasons, Bonner coached the Georgia Southern Scholar Athlete of the Year as Heather Reynolds earned the honor in 2005-06 and 2006-07. Reynolds was also chosen from all the conference's nominees as the recipient of the Dorothy Hicks Post Graduate Scholarship in 2007.

Bonner strives for her teams' success not only on the court, but off the court as well. In five of seven seasons, Bonner has led her team to receive the Team GPA award for maintaining the highest overall GPA of all Eagle athletic women's teams. Bonner has also guided 27 athletes to the SoCon Spring Academic All-Conference Team for maintaining at least a 3.2 cumulative grade point average and competing in at least one half of their team's competitions during the spring season.

Prior to taking the reign of the program in August 2004, Bonner completed a three year stellar playing career at Georgia Southern under former head coach and current senior woman administrator Cathy Beene. Bonner opened her playing career as a freshman at nationally-ranked University of Tennessee before transferring to Georgia Southern in 2001. Within her first season, Bonner showed her dominance on the playing court compiling an 18-8 overall doubles tally - 8-2 conference ledger - with partner Isabella King from the No.1 position. The Eagle duo earned All-Southern Conference accolades in 2001 for their effort on the court. She also tallied a 14-13 singles mark from the No. 2 seed.

Bonner wrapped up her playing career in 2003 after posting a 15-13 singles mark, 14-8 at the No. 1 position, in 2002. Her 10-4 conference card earned her a spot on the All-Southern Conference Team for the 2002 season. As a senior, Bonner finished with even 10-8 records in both singles and doubles action with partners Stephanie Tyrell and Kimberly Wollett.

Before accepting the head position at Georgia Southern, Bonner served as the tennis professional at The Landings Club in Savannah where her responsibilities included conducting lessons, coaching the club's juniors' team, serving as junior coordinator and starting the club's first organized youth program. Bonner also holds the top level of certification for teaching professionals as she is USPTR certified. Bonner also held stints working as an instructor at the Nike Tennis Camp in Atlanta and the All-Court Tennis Academy.

As a youth, Bonner reached rankings in the top 50 USTA ratings as a junior competitor. She also received the Wilma Rudolph Courage Award for playing her junior year of high school tennis at the left hand (non-dominant hand) after undergoing elbow surgery for a genetic bone defect.

When hired at Georgia Southern, Bonner was one of the youngest NCAA head coaches in the country. A May 2003 graduate of Georgia Southern, Bonner earned a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management with a Minor in Business and in the summer of 2011, she received her Master's degree in Kinesiology from GSU. She was married to Eric Bonner in May 2003 and they are the proud parents of two daughters, Kate Elizabeth born on March 5, 2007 and Caroline Grace born on December 10, 2008.