Coach Bona has had an outstanding career as both a coach and an administrator. Based on his 70% winning record (697 wins & 311 losses), he was inducted into the Atlanta Tip-Off Club of Georgia's Winningest Basketball Coaches in 1998. He has been named either Regional or State Women's Basketball Coach of the Year thirty times during his coaching career at Emmanuel.
In 1991 he was voted by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association as the Converse Junior College Women's National Coach of the Year. He has coached Women's Basketball here for a total of 33 years having started the program back in 1980. As an Athletics Director he has been instrumental in the progression of the athletic program from a two year college with just a few sports teams to a full blown four year athletic program with several teams and joining the Southern States Athletic Conference of the NAIA. Coach Bona was selected by the Conference as Athletic Director of the year in 2002.
He has been an Assistant Professor, Athletic Director, or Basketball Coach at Emmanuel College for over 43 years.
Coach Bona is a graduate of Emmanuel College (AA degree), Belmont Abbey College (BS degree) and Georgia State University (MA in Physical Education).
He is married to his wife Gloria who is a retired public school administrator/teacher. They have two sons, Eric and Kyle.
Coach Bona's 2018-19 Committment:
"On the very top and number one of our core values this year for our team is "Everyone Matters." It is emphasized by our Lord in Matthew 25:40 insomuch as you have done it for the least of these you have done it for me. It is our commitment to follow this core value in everything we do and not to marginalize anyone and the importance they have as being a creation of our God."