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 third season as the head men's tennis coach at Ohio Northern University.

He also serves as the facilities director for the athletics department and is the first full-time men's tennis coach in ONU history.

Bonnell is an alumnus of ONU and played for the Polar Bears from 1990-1992. 

In 10 seasons as a men's coach, Bonnell boasts a 149-78 record, including an 26-20 mark at ONU. With his five seasons as a women's coach added, Bonnell has a 212-111 record.

In just his second year as a coach for Ohio Northern, Bonnell guided the Polar Bears the their most victories (15) since the 2012-13 season.

He comes to Ohio Northern 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 the 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 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.

"I have so many great memories from my time at ONU and I can't wait to start working with the team," he said. "ONU has a tradition of producing great tennis and we are going to work very hard to live up to that standard." 

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. 

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

Bonnell's Men's Tennis Coaching Record

Year Record Pct. OAC Pct. School
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 26-20 .565 9-7 .563  
Totals 149-78 .656      

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