June 25, 2010
Amy Bond, most recently the head coach at Princeton University, where she led the Tigers to eight tournament championships in four years, has been named the head women's golf coach at Florida State, as announced by Director of Athletics Randy Spetman. Bond was a four-year letterwinner (1996-99) and assistant coach for the Seminoles (2003-06) and is now returning home to lead the program into a new era of success on the golf course. She is only the fifth coach in the history of the program.
"We are very proud and pleased to bring Amy Bond back to Florida State to lead our women's golf program," Spetman said. "Amy's experiences in helping lead our program when she was an assistant coach and her outstanding record of success in the Ivy League as the head coach at Princeton illustrated to the search committee that she would be the perfect fit to become our head coach. Amy is the right coach at the right time for the Florida State women's golf program."
Bond, 34, guided Princeton to eight tournament victories and a trio of top-three Ivy League finishes in her first head coaching job (2007-10). She coached Susannah Aboff to consecutive Ivy League individual championships in both 2008 and 2009.
"Words cannot express my gratitude to Mr. Spetman and to the members of the search committee for having the faith in me to allow me to accept the one job that I have dreamed of having since I became a coach," Bond said. "I came to Florida State as a student-athlete knowing that this could be one of the top programs in the nation and I come here now as the head coach knowing that we can compete for ACC and national championships on an annual basis."
During her four years as an assistant coach at Florida State, Bond helped coach the Seminoles to the 2002 NCAA Central Regional Championship tournament and to the 2003, 2004 and 2006 NCAA Championship tournaments where the Seminoles earned top-20 national finishes each year. She also coached five All-ACC selections - Kristin Tamulis (2002 and 2003), Caroline Larsson and Katie Quinney in 2004, Jaclyn Burch in 2005 and Caroline Westrup in 2006. Westrup earned All-American first team honors in 2006.
A 1998 All-ACC selection, Bond was the Seminoles' top player from 1997-99 as she earned 10 top-10 finishes and was named the team Most Valuable Player each year. She competed in the NCAA Championship tournament as a senior in 1999 (finishing in 30th place) and played in three NCAA regional tournaments during her career. In addition, she finished in the top-20 in four consecutive ACC Championship tournaments and was the medalist at the 1998 Ryder/Florida State championship tournament. Bond earned 14 top-15 finishes during her collegiate career.
Bond was named one of the 50 greatest women's golfers in Atlantic Coast Conference history - one of only three Florida State players named to the ACC's 50th Anniversary team in 2002.
"We are very excited to have Amy as our head women's golf coach," Florida State Director of Golf Operations Trey Jones said. "The enthusiasm that Amy brings will energize our entire program - our student-athletes, our university community and our supporters. I am looking forward to working with her as we work together to make the men's and women's golf programs at Florida State among the best in the nation."
Florida State's women's golf team placed 10th at the NCAA Championship finals in 2010 and won three tournament championships during the fall and spring seasons. The Seminoles return four of their five top golfers, including junior Macarena Silva who earned All-ACC honors for the first time in her career in 2010.