Mike Bonnell
Mike Bonnell
Title: Head Men's Tennis Coach/Facilities Director
Phone: 419-772-2449
Email: m-bonnell@onu.edu

Mike Bonnell is in his fourth season as the head men's tennis coach at Ohio Northern University. He also currently serves as the facilities director for the ONU Athletics Department.

Bonnell, the first full-time men's tennis coach in program history, is an ONU alumnus who played for the Polar Bears from 1990-1992. 

In 11 seasons as a men's tennis coach, Bonnell boasts a 163-87 overall record, including a 40-29 mark in three seasons at Ohio Northern. With his five seasons as a women's tennis coach added, Bonnell has a 226-120 overall collegiate coaching record.

During the 2018-19 season, Bonnell led the Polar Bears to a 14-9 overall record and a 5-2 mark against the Ohio Athletic Conference. ONU also made its first OAC Tournament finals appearance since the 2012-13 season during the campaign.

In 2017-18, he guided the Polar Bears to their most victories (15) since the 2012-13 season.

Since arriving at Ohio Northern, Bonnell has coached eight All-OAC honorees, seven Academic All-OAC selections, and the 2018-19 OAC Player of the Year, Vinh Thai.

Bonnell comes to ONU after serving as the head men's tennis coach at Methodist (N.C.) University, where he compiled an 80-27 record from 2011-15.

He was named the USA South Coach of the Year in 2014 after leading MU to a 19-7 record and an appearance in the USA South Conference tournament finals. He coached one USA South Player of the Year, one Rookie of the Year, and a total of 20 all-conference honorees. He was the Men's Tennis Chair of the USA South Conference and a member of the Atlantic South Regional Ranking Committee and NCAA National Ranking Committee.

Prior to coaching at Methodist, Bonnell spent six seasons at the helm of the Ohio Dominican men's and women's tennis programs. During his tenure with the Panthers, Bonnell led the teams to postseason play every year and produced five nationally-ranked players. In 2005, he was named the American Mideast Conference South Division Women's Coach of the Year.

In addition to his collegiate coaching duties, Bonnell is a USPTA certified Elite Tennis Professional and has served as Director of Tennis for the Village of Pinehurst, Head Tennis Professional at Little Turtle Country Club, and Assistant Head Professional at the New Albany Tennis Center.

Bonnell earned a bachelor's degree in communications/public relations from Ohio Northern, where he competed on the men's tennis team and was ranked nationally as high as No. 9 in doubles play. 

He won the OAC title at No. 1 doubles three consecutive seasons from 1990-92 and currently ranks fourth all-time with an .851 winning percentage (40-7) in doubles play at ONU.

Bonnell's Men's Tennis Coaching Record

Year Record Pct. OAC Pct. School
2018-19 14-9 .609 5-2 .714 ONU
2017-18 15-9 .625 6-2 .750 ONU
2016-17 11-11 .500 3-5 .375 ONU
2014-15 13-5 .722     MC
2013-14 19-7 .731     MC
2012-13 17-3 .850     MC
2011-12 17-5 .773     MC
2010-11 14-7 .667     MC
2004-05 14-11 .580     ODU
2003-04 12-7 .632     ODU
2002-03 7-7 .500     ODU
2001-02 10-6 .625     ODU
ONU Totals 40-29 .580 14-9 .609  
Totals 163-87 .652      

Bonnell's Women's Tennis Coaching Record

Year Record Pct. OAC School
2004-05 16-7 .696   ODU
2003-04 12-5 .706   ODU
2002-03 15-6 .714   ODU
2001-02 11-10 .524   ODU
2000-01 9-5 .643   ODU
Totals 63-33 .656 0-0