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Amy Bond
Position: Head Coach

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(updated July 2014)

With her student-athlete first approach, her love of the game of golf, her unbridled enthusiasm for Florida State and her knack for recruiting top-level talent, Amy Bond is constantly working to take the Seminole women’s golf program to a higher level.  That higher level is in the class room, in her relationships with her players, on the golf course and in her role as the President of the Women’s Golf Coaches Association. 

In her fifth season as the Seminoles’ head coach, Bond continues to build a team that will consistently qualify for the NCAA Championship Tournament, compete for ACC and national championships, produce academically successful student-athletes and develop All-ACC and All-American student-athletes. 

In her first four seasons at Florida State, the Seminoles have played in four NCAA Championships, produced the school’s first NCAA Regional Champion (Maria Salinas in 2012), earned three All-American citations (Matilda Castren in 2014, Salinas in 2011 and 2013), earned five All-ACC selections (Salinas in 2011 and 2012, Jessica Negron in 2013, Castren and Alex Milan in 2014) and had 12 players earn All-ACC Academic honors.

As the fifth head coach in the history of the program, Bond’s commitment to success at Florida State has become a way of life.  First as a player, then an assistant coach and now as its head coach, Bond’s energy and enthusiasm for elevating and securing the tradition of the program is rivaled by few coaches in all of collegiate golf. 

As a player she earned a spot on the ACC’s 50th Anniversary team, as an assistant coach she helped the Seminoles to three NCAA Tournament appearances and as the head coach, she has led Florida State to four NCAA Championship appearances in her first four years as the head coach of the Seminoles. 

Throughout her career at Florida State, she has played as one of the Seminoles top players (she was named Florida State’s team MVP in 1997, 1998 and 1999), played with a number of touring professionals (including LPGA major winner Karen Stupples) and has coached many of Florida State’s recent greats including the only four-time golf All-American in school history (Caroline Westrup).  While achieving success during her career as a player and a coach, Bond has never lost sight of her ultimate goal: the success and achievements of her student-athletes. 

In her nine seasons as a Seminole coach (five as an assistant and four as the head coach), every student-athlete who has played golf at Florida State has earned her bachelor’s degree and every one played on at least two NCAA Tournament teams during their careers.  The Seminoles are among the NCAA leaders with a perfect APR rating during the first four seasons on Bond’s head coaching tenure at Florida State. 

Amy Bond joined the long and illustrious list of Florida State alumni who have returned to their alma mater when she was named the Seminoles' head coach on June 25, 2010. She returned to her Seminole roots after an outstanding playing career at Florida State (1995-99) during which she finished in 30th place in the 1999 NCAA Championship Finals and a five-year career as an assistant coach (2001-06) when she helped lead the Seminoles to the NCAA Championships three times. Bond is one of four Florida State alumni who are current head coaches at Florida State joining Frank Bradley (men’s and women’s swimming and diving), Jennifer Hyde (women's tennis) and Mike Martin (baseball).
Florida State head coach Amy Bond has guided each of her first four Seminole teams to the NCAA Tournament.  Including her four years as a Seminole player (1996-99), her five years as a Seminole assistant coach (2002-06) and four as Florida State’s head coach, Bond has participated in 11 of 13 NCAA Regional Championships while wearing the Garnet and Gold.  The Seminoles will look to play in their school record 10th consecutive NCAA Championship Tournament in 2015. 
Amy Bond led Florida State to its school record ninth consecutive NCAA Regional Championship, to the team championship at the Landing Intercollegiate, had one player earn All-American honors (Matilda Castren), and had two players earn All-ACC honors (Castren and Alex Milan) in 2014.  In earning All-ACC honors, Castren established a school record for low stroke average in a single season with her 71.83 scoring mark. Florida State’s team victory at the Landing Intercollegiate was the first team championship by the Seminoles since the 2010 season when it won the Bryan National Collegiate championship.

Bond’s passion for growing the game of golf has increased her desire to plan and host large-scale tournaments at Florida State.  She hosted the NCAA East Regional in 2014, a 24-team event that showcased the best in women’s collegiate golf in the East regional for the first time in school history.  Bond will play host to the Third Annual Florida State Match-Up in February of 2015 as she continues to attract high level competition to the city of Tallahassee on an annual basis. 
Bond was successful in her first head coaching position at Princeton (2006-10) as she guided the Tigers to eight tournament victories and top four finishes in four Ivy League championship tournaments. The Tigers finished in second place in the Ivy league championship in 2007. Bond coached Susannah Aboff to consecutive Ivy League individual championships in 2008 and 2009.  It marked only the third time in league history that a player had won consecutive individual conference championships. Aboff earned All-Ivy League honors three times during her career in becoming just the second player in school history to be named to the all-league team three times in her career. During her four seasons at Princeton, only the Tigers and Harvard performed consistently in the conference championship by finishing in the top four of the team championship from 2007-10.
During her first four seasons as the head coach at Florida State, she has continued the tradition of recruiting talented players and outstanding student-athletes to Tallahassee.  Her lists of top recruits include Matilda Castren, who earned All-American Second Team Honors, and Laure Castelain who was named to the WGCA All-America Scholar Athlete team in 2014.  In five years as an assistant coach at Florida State, Bond helped recruit four players who earned All-ACC honors a total of eight times and formed the nucleus of two top 20 ranked teams. The Seminoles finished in a tie for 16th nationally in 2006 and in a tie for 19th nationally in 2004. She was also instrumental in recruiting Caroline Westrup - the only four-time All-American and four-time All-ACC selection in school history.
During her four seasons at Princeton, Bond coached/recruited two players (Susannah Aboff and Kelly Shon) who qualified to play in at least one NCAA Regional Championship each and five players who earned All-Ivy League honors a total of 11 times. Aboff won eight individual tournament championships during her career and finished in a tie for 23rd place at the NCAA East Regional Championship in 2009 - the third highest NCAA regional finish in school history. Shon played in the 2011 and 2012 US Women's Open and was ranked No. 4 nationally among junior golfers at the time she was recruited.  She is still the highest ranked junior recruit to ever attend an Ivy League institution.  Shon earned All-American Honorable Mention Honors from the Women’s Golf Coaches’ Association in 2013, played in the 2013 NCAA East Regional Championship and the 2013 NCAA National Championship, was named the Ivy League Golfer of the Year and won Ivy League Championship in 2013

Bond has recruited and coached seven players who have played, or who are currently playing professional golf. She recruited and coached Kristin Tamulis (Florida State) who is currently playing on the LPGA Tour. She also recruited and coached four-time All-American Caroline Westrup (Florida State) who earned her LPGA Tour Card for the 2014 season (and who played in the 2013 U.S. Open), another who is playing on the LPGA Tour (Lacey Agnew), one who is currently playing in the Futures Tour (Macarena Silva), one who earned success on the Futures Tour (Jaclyn Burch), one (Maria Salinas) on the European Tour and two players (Susannah Aboff, Marlowe Boukis and Michelle Grilli) who began their professional careers on the LPGA Futures Tour.

Bond and the Seminoles were well represented at the 2013 U.S. Women’s Open at Sebonack Golf Club with four of the top players in the history of the program – Karen Stupples, Kristin Tamulis, Macarena Silva and Caroline Westrup – all playing in the event.  Prior to the event, Bond said of the one of the greats foursomes in program history: “This is a great week for each of the four players and for the Florida State women’s golf program.  To have four of our players in the U.S. Open in the same year is exciting and illustrates the rich tradition of our program.  I am very happy for Karen, who I have known for so many years and for Kris, Maca and Caroline who I had the good fortune of coaching during their careers at Florida State.  Playing in the U.S. Open is an awesome accomplishment for all of them and I couldn’t be happier for all of them.”
Bond is the president of the Women’s Golf Coaches Association Board of Directors; she was elevated to the position in December of 2013.  She has risen steadily through the ranks of the national governing board after serving the organization as its treasurer.  Bond began on the WGCA Board as its treasurer (2009-12), served as its vice president (2012-13) and is currently serving a two-year term as its president.  The WGCA was formed in 1983 as an organization to promote participation in women's collegiate golf. The vision of WGCA since its inception has been to encourage the playing of intercollegiate golf for women in correlation with a general objective of education and in accordance with the highest tradition of intercollegiate competition.

Bond has made it part of her coaching philosophy to demand outstanding academic achievement from every one of her players. She began developing that philosophy as a player at Florida State as she was named an Academic All-American in 1998 and 1999 and earned ACC Academic Honor Roll accolades three times during her playing career (1996, 98, 99). A total of 35 players have been named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll during her Seminole career as a member of the Seminoles’ coaching staff, five players (for a total of eight awards) have earned the honor have been named to the All-ACC Women’s Golf Team in her first four seasons as the Seminoles’ head coach.  She has had one player named to the All-America Scholar Team and 11 players named to the ACC Academic team during her first four years as the Seminoles’ head coach. 
Bond was named to the Atlantic Coast Conference 50th Anniversary team in 2002 along with Seminole greats Karen Stupples and Louise Wright. Bond was a 1998 All-ACC selection and the Seminoles' top player from 1996-99. She earned ten top-10 finishes during her career and was named the Seminoles' Most Valuable Player each year during her career. Bond competed in the NCAA Championship tournament in 1999 and played in three NCAA regional tournaments while finishing in the top 20 in four consecutive ACC Championship tournaments. She was an All Region selection in 1999 and was the medalist at the 1998 Ryder/Florida State Championship tournament.

The Seminoles women's golf team has won 12 of the last 13 (including 12 consecutive) Athletic Director's Cup for Service at Florida State’s annual Golden Nole Banquet.  The Athletic Director's Cup for Service is presented annually and is the most prestigious award given to the Seminole student-athletes. It goes to the team that contributes the most service hours to the community over the course of an entire year. The Seminoles won the Athletic Director's Cup for Service in each of Bond's five years as an assistant coach and in her first three seasons as the Seminoles' head coach.

An Ocala, Fla., native, Bond earned a bachelor's degree in sport management from Florida State in 1997 before earning her master's degree in sport administration from Florida State in 1999.  Bond’s twin brother, Tommy, is the Director of Athletics and head baseball coach at Trinity Catholic in Ocala, Fla.  Tommy led Trinity Catholic to the 4A state championship in 2014.  

Prefessional Players  
Lacey Agnew LPGA/LPGA Futures
Maria Salinas European Features
Kelly Shon LPGA Semetra Tour
Macarena Silva LPGA Futures Tour
Caroline Westrup LPGA/LPGA Futures/European
Maia Salinas 2011, 2012
Matilda Castren 2014
Regional Champions
Maria Salins 2012 (Central Regional)
Jessica Negron 2011 (East), 2013 (West)
Maria Salinas 2012 (Central)

Maria Salina

2011, 2012
Jessica Negron 2013
Matilsa Castren 2014
Alex Milan 2014
Ivy League Golf of the Year
Susannah Aboff 2008, 2009
Kelly Shon 2013, 2014
Susannah Aboff 2007, 2008, 2009
Marlowe Boukis 2009
Sharla Cloutier 2007
Anna Jang 2010
WGCA Scholar Athlete
Laure Castelain 2014
All-ACC Academic Honor Roll
Maria Salinas 2011, 2012
Macarena Silva 2011
Hannah Thomson 2012
Laure Castelain 2012,2013, 2014
Malin Jansson 2013
Calrton Kuhlo 2012, 2013, 2014
Alex Milan 2012, 2013, 2014
Jessica Negron 2013
Mary Beth Ramsay 2013
All-ACC Academic Team  
Maria Salinas 2011, 2012
Macarena Silva 2011
Hannah Thomson 2011, 2012
Laure Castelain 2012, 2013, 2014
Olivia Hullert 2013
Carlton Kuhlo 2013, 2014
Alex Milan 2014
Conference Champions  
Susannah Aboff 2008, 2009 (Ivy League, Princeton)
Kelly Shon 203 (Ivy League, Princeton)
NCAA Regional Qualifiers  
Susannah Aboff 2009 (Princeton)
Kelly Shon 2013 (Princeton)
NCAA Ntional Qualifiers  
Jessica Negron 2011
Maria Salinas 2012
Tournment Victories  
Princeton Invitational 2007, 2008
Yale Fall Intercollegiate 2007
Hoya Invitational 2007, 2008
Nittay Lion Invitational 2008
ECAC Championships 2009
Roar-EE Invitational 2009 Landing Intercollegiate 2014
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