Former Carthage athletic director Dr. Bob Bonn already has a lengthy list of accomplishments on his resume through more than 40 years in collegiate athletics.
And that list certainly grew by one real big one Monday.
The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics announced in a press release that Bonn, who spent 26 years at Carthage, is among eight individuals who will be inducted into the organization’s 2019 Hall of Fame Class.
All eight will be honored at the NACDA Convention on June 12 in Orlando, Fla.
“I am extremely honored to receive this award and be recognized by my peers and NACDA,” Bonn said in the release. “NACDA’s ability and efforts to conduct conventions and workshops that bring everyone together to learn and share ideas made a significant difference in my career.
“Throughout the years, my participation in these programs provided me with motivation, basic fundamentals, innovative ideas and friends from all over the country. I am forever grateful to the hundreds of colleagues who share their expertise.”
Carthage President John Swallow said in the release that Bonn’s accomplishments certainly are deserving of the honor.
“Bob Bonn presided over more than a quarter century of growth and development of Carthage’s athletics programs,” Swallow said. “He set new heights in the competitiveness of Carthage teams, leading teams in 20 different sports to win conference championships, in facilities, leading improvements and expansion for our sports and in recognition for Carthage as an outstanding NCAA Division III institution.
“I am thrilled that NACDA is recognizing Bob for his tireless effort and his monumental achievement. The award is exceedingly well-deserved.”
Bonn retired from Carthage last July to end a tenure that begin in April 1992. He served as the National Association of Athletic Development Directors president in 2001-02, which helped him establish endowments for Carthage athletics that now totals more than $3 million, the release said.
In 2007, Bonn was named the NACDA Division III West Region Athletics Director of the Year, and earlier this year, he received the NAADD Lifetime Achievement Award.
During his time with Carthage, Bonn helped add nine varsity programs. The athletic department grew to 24 sports that consistently spans more than 800 student-athletes. Under his guidance, Carthage completed $50 million in athletic facility renovations.
Bonn’s career in college athletics began in 1975 as the men’s lacrosse graduate assistant coach at Springfield College (Mass.). In 1976, he went to Westwood High School (Mass.), where he was a physical education teacher and boys basketball coach for six years, followed by stints at Framington State (Mass.) and Western New Mexico University, where he was an assistant men’s basketball coach.
In his final stop before coming to Carthage, Bonn was the head men’s basketball coach and director of athletics and exercise science from 1983 to 1991 at Pacific University (Forest Grove, Ore.). Prior to his arrival, the program was 0-26, but Bonn led the team to double-digit wins in each of his final six years, including seasons of 19 and 18 wins in 1990-91 and 1991-92.
Bonn earned his bachelor of science degree in physical education from the University of Connecticut in 1974, his master’s degree in athletic administration from Springfield in 1975 and his doctoral degree from Boston University in 1983.